Album Review: Nectar by Joji


Hannah Whitehead, staff writer

Joji is a Japanese musician born September 18th, 1992. Joji was formerly known for his presence on YouTube, he then transitioned into the amazing artist we know today as Joji. He mixes his songs with such meticulous detail that it’s hard to dislike him. I chose this album because it holds a lot of meaning for me. As always, this is just my personal opinion on every song, you are entitled to your own.




This song is honestly a really good start to this amazing album. The presence of the piano in the intro brings this really sorrowful feeling to the start of the song. The piano then fades a little and this really strong and beautiful synth part comes in. The chorus is also insanely good and the inclusion of bass amplifies every aspect of this song. Joji has a unique way of layering his vocals and harmonizing with himself so almost every song has a really intense feel to it. The end of this song is so beautiful and really just tops off this amazing work of art. I have absolutely no complaints whatsoever about this song and it’s a beautiful way to kick of this masterpiece of an album.




Again, the piano in the beginning is so beautiful and is such a subtly powerful thing to have. Joji uses really heavy bass on his songs and it makes the simplest things so much more intense. The chorus is probably the best part of this song in all honesty. I wish the beat in the back was much quieter because it gets a little overbearing sometimes. I love the way this song ends, it’s very similar to the way it begins and I think that’s a really cool element to overanalyze.



“Tick Tock”:

To be completely honest, I’m not the biggest fan of the beginning of this song. There’s this odd effect Joji has on his voice that kind of ruins it for me. It’s a rough start, but the rest of the song is so good. Although he sings with a very lazy style, the power in voice doesn’t get hidden. I don’t have any genuine complaints about this song other than the intro.




This is definitely one of my favorite songs on the album. The personal connection I have with this song makes me love it so much more than normal. I have nothing bad to say about this song whatsoever. The lyrics, the instrumentation, and his voice blend with every element of the song so beautifully. Everything comes together in such a breathtaking way.




Like I said before, I’m in love with songs that have a really strong piano line. Unfortunately everything after the very pretty start just blends together in a way that I really don’t like. The lyrics are nice, but I’d have to say this is probably one of my least favorite songs on the album.



“Gimme Love”:

Part of me kind of hates admitting that I love this song because its so repetitive. Joji can execute just about anything and this song is a great example of that. I am in love with the switch to the slow and beautiful part. It’s genuinely one of my favorite parts of the song and of every song on this album. All together, this is just an amazing song and I can’t express enough how much I love it.




This is another song that I cannot express in words how much I love it. It’s by far one of the best songs on this album. His voice is so much stronger and clearer in this than it is in any of the other songs. The power he puts behind it sends chills down my spine. That combined with the insane instrumentation is just breathtaking. The guitar solo in the middle of the song is so amazing and it adds such a intense feeling to the song. If anyone was wanting to get more into Joji I would 100% recommend this song over any other.




I don’t really have much to say about this song. The lyrics are really beautiful and this song holds a lot of meaning for me, but it’s a pretty simple song. That being said, I don’t have any complaints about this whatsoever.



“High Hopes”:

The beginning of this song is genuinely so amazing. I hadn’t noticed before that he uses such diverse groups of string instruments. It adds a new dimension to every song. This might be an unpopular opinion, but I’m not the biggest fan of Omar Apollo’s voice, it kind of ruins the song for me. It’s not a bad song instrumentally but other than that I don’t have many positive things to say about this.




This is another song that just doesn’t really sit well with me. The beginning and the chorus could’ve been so much better in my opinion. But the verses and the instrumental aspect of this song is really nice. Overall it’s a good song that just has a few bad elements.



“Pretty Boy”:

The beginning of this song is really good, a little repetitive, but it’s too good to take an issue with it. Unfortunately everything after the beginning is just not good in my opinion. Lil Yachty completely ruined this song for me. I wish it didn’t cut to such a hectic and messy beat because that would’ve made this so much more enjoyable.



“Normal People”:

I love this song so much in all honesty. Seeing Rei Brown on this album made me so happy simply because he was one of my favorite artists for a while. The lyrics are just so heart-wrenching and beautiful. I’m already literally obsessed with Joji’s voice and this song enhances that by a lot. I feel like you can genuinely hear his voice in this song without a weird effect overtop of it. Overall, this is an amazing song in every aspect.




There’s a really nice dreamy feel to this song and I love that. The beat sort of overpowers his voice sometimes, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Benee and Joji’s voice combine so well. They both bring something so beautiful out of each others voice that you don’t normally hear. Everything comes together so smoothly that there is no way someone could dislike this song.


“Mr. Hollywood”:

I really like the slow rise in the beginning. I can’t describe how much I love when the really heavy bass comes in with his beautiful voice. Something about the lyrics are so entrancing and heart breaking. I’m aware that his voice is definitely an acquired taste, but I couldn’t imagine someone hating him as an artist. The way all of his songs mix together to create something so calming yet so exciting is amazing to me. Absolutely no complaints from me about this song.



There’s this very rough edged bass part that goes hand in hand with the really intense build-up in the beginning. This song sort of reminds me of Sanctuary but way more exciting. Like Sanctuary, I don’t have much to say about this song because its just genuinely good.



I love the really slow start to this song, it goes from smooth to exciting and hectic. There’s not much to say about it because it’s so short, but it’s far from being a bad song. The subtle transition from this song to Like You Do is just the perfect detail.


“Like You Do”:

This is by far my favorite song on the album. Everything from the heavy and intense chorus to the tiniest details in the mix is amazing. It hits really close to home for me and I think that makes everything sound 1000x better. When the first chorus comes in it hits you like a bus. It feels like a tidal wave of emotion just consuming you immediately without warning. My favorite part is when he comes in with such a weak and heartbroken voice and then switches to his head voice. The urge to over-analyze every aspect of this song is insanely strong. The song alone is so simply beautiful, but it’s nice to dive into the meaning of everything.


“Your Man”:

I love the lyrics to this song although they’re really repetitive. The instrumentation is pretty basic, but it adds to the overall feel. I don’t mind that its a pretty short and sweet kind of song. I think that was a really strong way to end this absolute masterpiece of an album.