Looks like the summer may be ending sooner than we expected with the chilling release of PartyNextDoor’s sophomore studio album, PARTYNEXTDOOR 3 (P3). Party answered fans’ prayers releasing the album on Friday (Aug. 12) at midnight, on Apple Music.
It has been more than two years since we have received an album from the chilling, sensual Canadian native. P3 marks the follow up to 2014’s PARTYNEXTDOOR 2 studio album. The album also marks the third installment in a series of the singer/songwriter/producer’s releases dating back to his 2013 debut mixtape PARTYNEXTDOOR, and his 2014 PARTYNEXTDOOR 2 album.
Hearing his fans immense desire and need for new music, Party emerged from the shadows releasing singles from the album, months prior to the album’s summer release. The releases began in the latter part of March, when the OVO Sound singer dropped “Come and See Me,” which features P3’s only guest feature, Drizzy himself. Following that release, Jahron Brathwaite (aka PartyNextDoor) was very silent (musically) and did not release any follow up singles until the ending parts of July. Here, he released the bubbly, dancehall-vibe, “Not Nice.” If that did not satisfy fans, Party then released “Don’t Know How” on Aug. 5, and ultimately released the album on Friday (Aug. 12). Besides his own singles, Party contributed to Drake’s Views with the high energy, dancehall “With You” feature and to Rihanna’s highly successful ANTI, co-writing the utterly contagious, Caribbean fueled “Work,” featuring Drake. Along with the new album release, Party also gave a thank-you note to his loyal fan base. In the note he says he will try to do better in interacting with his fans and that he is very excited to give us more new music.
The album consists of 16 tracks with only one feature (as noted before) by fellow Canadian artist, Drake. While the album is completely in its own league and different than what we may be used to, it still seems to exhibit the same vibes and feels equated with both, PARTYNEXTDOOR & PARTYNEXTDOOR 2. Of course the theme focuses on Braithwaite’s love life, just as the previous works have but this time around there appears to be an increase in vulnerability in this project. Party really opens up more in this album. The lyrics and songwriting make you feel as though he’s speaking on a previous relationship.
While many of the lyrics focus on the numerous ways Party can please and satisfy the woman he’s with, the lyrics also seem to reflect on the ways he did satisfy this woman, how he really loved her, and essentially moving on. This album really comes from a deeper part of the Canadian crooner than what we are used to seeing. Unlike his previous projects, where the overall theme was more sexual and sensual, focusing essentially on lovemaking, being in love, and the happiness equated with love, the theme of this album (while it still possesses those same descriptive lovemaking lyrics, sensual vibes, and provocative wordplay) is slightly darker and more vulnerable as it looks a little more into heartbreak and the need for love.
The production is excellent, but that is something we are all familiar with in regards to Party and his projects. It’s darker, and a bit sinister in a sense, but it does not hinder the album at all. Along with the lyrics, the production is a major force that further pushes the album’s beauty. The album maintains that same R&B / Hip Hop feel we usually equate with Party. The transitions in the album are beautiful and very clean, the imagery that comes with the lyrics is just as strong as the previous projects, and the energy remains consistent. Some of Party’s best attributes are his versatility and execution. No project sounds exactly like the previous project and he follows that same pattern with the delivery in P3.
Some of my favorites from this album (aside from the singles we have already heard) are, the song’s opening seven-minute track, “High Hopes,” (which does a play on Blackstreet’s “No Diggity”), the island-toned “Only U,” the vulnerable “Spiteful,” “Transparency,” “Brown Skin,” “Temptations,” and “Problems & Selfless.” Honestly, after playing it a few times, I saw the brilliance in this album. While there have been many mixed and even bad reviews on the album already, I personally like the album already. As with any project, you definitely should listen to it more than once before giving a truly solid opinion on it. Many of the tracks are epic and contain great factors, imagery, and lyrics that can easily be missed on just one listen.
I truly think Party delivered another beautiful project. Also, we cannot leave out that the album only had 1 feature (mind you, a feature that we already heard months ago) and still kept my attention the entire time. Party’s musical ability is definitely not anything to sleep on or take for granted. Because each of his projects never sound exactly the same, I’m not sure if this album is necessarily “better” than PARTYNEXTDOOR 2; he really set a high standard with that one, but I do feel that P3 is just as good. If you have not yet heard the album go listen immediately! PARTYNEXTDOOR 3 (P3) is now available for streaming on Apple Music and purchase on iTunes.