Album Review: "Montero" by Lil Nas X (8/10)

Distrubuted by: Sony Music

Producers: Various

Lil Nas X is a bonafide superstar, embracing publicity since 2019’s “Old Town Road” phenomenon. His other era-defining track, “Call Me By Your Name,” is cheeky on the surface, while exploring identity politics. Earnest ballads like “Sun Goes Down” resonate with genuine performances, in a deep crooning voice.

There is lots of humor—Lil Nas X would own up to his gimmicks––but the album is no joke, and Miley Cyrus, Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion and Elton John are all featured.

Lil Nas X may not be for everyone, but there is certainly something for everyone on his major debut.