Mike Posner - 31 Minutes to Takeoff


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Erin Donaldson reviews Mike Posner's new album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff.

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Mike Posner has long been college rap's golden boy, even before his single "Cooler Than Me" made it to the iTunes Top 100. He's an Ivy League frat boy with the voice of an animatronic angel. When his lyrics about parties, identity loss and drug dealing girls meet samples of classic pop hits and DJ Benzi's electro beats, the world swoons. It's a flawless gimmick. At least, it was until he graduated. Now, fresh out of Duke, it seems Posner's run out of material and his debut album 31 Minutes to Takeoff is living proof.

The album opens with a promising intro, similar to that of his mixtapes One Foot Out the Door and A Matter of Time. He sings "Do you recall?/I told you, this was just a matter of time." Don't be fooled by the familiar bravado and not-so-subtle reference to mixtapes past, though. Without a plenitude of college parties to attend and with a recently inflated ego, Posner has been left with only one muse: his women. He croons about seduction and heartache over sub-par mixing. Usual collaborator Big Sean is nowhere to be seen, abandoning the rap element of Posner's music altogether. Instead, all Posner musters up is a handful of humdrum R&B tracks to make whoopee to.

He seems to be cashing in on the preteen girl fanbase he's acquired through the radio play that "Cooler Than Me" has gotten. It's a smart move if you're out to make some quick cash but, like his college rap phase, it will only earn him fleeting success. While the former phase was constricted by age and experience, the latter is contingent on the attention span of 12-year-old girls. So unless he's hiding another metamorphosis up his sleeve, I'd say Mike Posner managed to peak before he even released his debut album. That's an achievement, I guess.

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