…but you’ll have to wait till tomorrow night to read our review. It’s on the cover (!) of this week’s Washington City Paper.
Reviews are starting to trickle out. In The Washington Post, Chris Richards praises Wale’s big hometown hit from the summer:
“Bait” has become Washington’s latest local anthem, spilling out of car stereos and nightclub speakers all across the District. On a recent Friday afternoon, Wale performed it at Yardfest, the annual Homecoming concert on Howard University’s quad. As students shouted along — WORK! WORK! WORK! WORK! — the anticipation for his new album, “Ambition,” felt almost tangible in the crisp autumn air.
But here’s the rub: “Bait” isn’t on the album.
Richards’ take is one I think you’ll see a lot of: The album finds Wale exploring a lot of the things he does poorly—-endless boasts of success, sharing space with pop hooks—-and way too little of what he does great. Like Ambition‘s “Chain Music,” an ode to, um, Wale’s own wordplay that actually works.