Lil Uzi Vert, one of popular trap music’s most beloved autotuned artists, finally released his highly anticipated album Eternal Atake that had been on Uzi stan’s radar for a little over two years. The album arrived like a UFO carrying an amplifier full of unreleased Uzi tracks; completely out of nowhere and entirely welcomed.
Leaks had been splattered onto SoundCloud accounts by anonymous sources for 24 months, and not a single one of the unofficial tracks made its way onto the final 18-track, 62 minute album. And honestly? That’s for the better. This is the first Lil Uzi Vert album that feels cohesive, purposeful, and organized in a meaningful sequential fashion.
Eternal Atake’s structural shape is divided into three sections. Each set of 6 songs exists as its own sequence. (There are several rumors across the internet that Lil Uzi Vert is a devil worshipper, so this only contributes to that conspiracy theory.)
The first six songs of the album are so head-bangingly scrumptious that they would make a nun want to spike her church’s holy water with MDMA and ecstasy (“Baby Pluto,” “Lo Mein,” “Silly Watch,” “POP,” “You Better Move,” and “Homecoming”). There isn’t a doubt in my mind that all six of those songs were the main entrée for every single ballistically blasting speaker at college parties this past weekend. Uzi definitely delivers on what he does best with those six tracks, and that’s layering his unique alien-like vocals on top of blood rushing beats.
EA’s middle section of tracks (from “I’m Sorry” through “Bust Me”) are just as enjoyable as their predecessors, but are much less cohesive and far less electrifying as far as adrenaline-bumps and feet-moving tracks go. They belong to a more introverted subgenre of the Lil Uzi Vert culture, and that’s a version of Uzi that is just as successful as the more hyped up one. If the first six songs belong to the same category as “Money Longer,” then the second sequence exists in the same universe as “XO TOUR Llif3”.
Speaking of the latter mainstream hit, the third portion of the album features the sequel to the Xanax-ridden ballad (“P2”). This section also features the albums only guest appearance on the behalf of The Internet’s lead singer, Syd, and the album’s two pre released singles (“Futsal Shuffle 2020,” and “That Way”).
Eternal Atake is all over the place as far as moods and melodies go, but that’s what made Uzi fans fall so deeply in love with him in the first place. Not just his ability to be versatile, but to embrace his ability to transcend and blend emotions on projects. This album didn’t only live up to the seemingly insurmountable expectations we laid out for the Philadelphian, but it entirely exceeded them.