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At the beginning

of the year,

producer Alicks

released the 29

song album 1997.

The album is dense,

eclectic, and sorrowful

as hell. In keeping

with lengthy projects,

Alicks switched to his

lofi alter ego a l e x

for the 28 song

album, Growing Up,

Vol. 2. 57 songs

in six months.

While it's pristine throughout,

the finest moments

arrive at the end

of the album,

where back-to-back

tracks have a l e x

featuring Alicks (meta):

the songs “Maya”

and “Proud of You”

have been on loop.