Devlin is back with another almost perfect album titled “The Devil In”. He took some time away from the scene after his ‘Moving Picture’ album. But I for one am glad he didn’t leave everything there. Here is our The Devil In Review.
Around four years ago he was all over the scene and his career has taken a step out of the underground scene. To the more mainstream grime with each track he seemed to drop, progressive success and fame over a course of a few years. But whilst everyone was loving ‘Moving Picture’ Devlin slowly faded away. Two main features on that album, Ed Sheeran and Wretch 32, have had nothing but success since they appeared on that album. Other members of London’s grime scene have grown and grown. Skepta, Wiley, even Kano have had massive success over recent years so what happened?
An important thing to note before even listening to a track from this new album is that the company behind it are not the same as the other two albums. Island haven’t had anything to do with this album, and the opening track talks about how Devlin had to pick himself back up. He moved away from “men that I thought were tight” and got himself back out there to prove not only to himself, but to everyone he feels need to see that he can still perform the quality tracks that he once did. The lyrics in the first track alone ache with the sense of regret and retribution.
As with his previous album he includes a couple of features including Maverick Sabre, Skepta, Harry James and Tom Prior. Skepta adds his classic flare to probably the grimiest track on the album and Maverick offers a chorus to a really heartfelt track only a couple of steps into the The Devil In.
As always it is a full canvas of music, a complete album which doesn’t feel like there is any filler tracks just thrown in there. Hopefully this is Devlin putting his step back into the game after taking some time out to decide whether to walk away or make his stake concrete in the UK scene.
Check out the video to ‘Bitches’ below, one of the first singles to drop off this album. Then obviously head over to your favourite supplier to grab the album. Be sure to let us know what you liked and loathed about the album in the comments below. You can join in on the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #HHKMusic.