Cruel Summer - Various Artists
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7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 84 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 84
  2. Negative: 6 out of 84

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  1. Sep 20, 2012
    10
    Severely mis-appreciated - that would be the perfect way to describe Cruel Summer. The reason why the album will have a low score is not because it is bad - in fact, it's a great album. However, most reviewers (professional or not) are judging this album based of "what they expected". This is wrong; sure, considering GOOD Music's roster, the album may have been much, much better, but you have to be objective and take the album for what it is - a compilation showcasing GOOD's main artists. If you can do so, you will realize, that this is a great release. None of the other labels pay as much attention to detail as GOOD. If you listen to this album along with all the other label compilations out there, you will realize - GOOD is the best (mainstream) group out there, at the moment. Expand
  2. Sep 27, 2012
    9
    One of the greatest hip hop released of the year. Even though it only has 12 tracks the money was really worth it. The top songs were probably, Higher, New God Flow, The Morning, Clique & Mercy. Those tracks mad this album fantastic. I recommend buying this album or atleast giving this album a listen
  3. Sep 25, 2012
    10
    Damn im impressed a very high quality album although it could use more songs. I think a Deluxe Edition would have made Cruel Summer feel more complete. Enough said your getting nothing but the best with G.O.O.D. Music anything else like ym doesnt matter at all.
  4. Oct 1, 2012
    10
    This Is One Of My Favorite Albums....GET IT YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This Is The Type Of Cd Where You Can Listen To Every Song And Don't Wanna Skip Because There All GREAT
  5. Oct 4, 2012
    10
    This is the best compilation of 2012. Idk what the critics say, but its a perfect album.

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Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Dec 21, 2012
    70
    For all its flaws and excesses, Cruel Summer is an order of magnitude above the dreck of 808s and Heartbreak (2008), and if it doesn't outshine any of Ye's other solo works, I'd argue that it's a deeper and bolder album than last year's Watch the Throne.
  2. Oct 25, 2012
    80
    Cruel Summer is a mistitled fireworks show from Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music label/roster/empire, one that comes off as mixtape-minded follow-up to his flossy Jay-Z team-up Watch the Throne.
  3. Oct 25, 2012
    80
    From start to finish, this album is a great look at what G.O.O.D. Music has to offer. [No. 225, p.95]