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  • Summary: This is the second full-length studio release for the Edinburgh-based hip-hop trio of Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole, and Graham Hastings.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
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  1. Jan 29, 2014
    90
    Young Fathers possess that which makes the best British acts truly special: a singular identity born of multinational mixology.
  2. Jan 29, 2014
    90
    It’s not an easy listen and will send hipsters scurrying for their bobble hats and fake specs, but this is the sound of a band pushing themselves, challenging their audience and making something to be proud of.
  3. 80
    The balance between pop and experimentalism is very fine but Young Fathers strike it with exuberant ease.
  4. Jan 30, 2014
    80
    Young Fathers have quietly constructed a strange and intoxicating musical universe that feels entirely their own, while no one else was paying attention.
  5. Feb 3, 2014
    80
    This arrestingly adventurous debut is a densely layered mash-up of shudders and drones, narcotically twisted beats, gospel-infused vocals and surreal wordplay. [Mar 2014, p.85]
  6. Feb 13, 2014
    80
    If Dead proves anything it’s that Young Fathers are one of the most versatile acts in hip-hop today, they’re excellent rappers, producers, and singers. This is just their proper debut. Expect excellent insanity in the future.
  7. Somehow they’ve retained their pop nous, making for an album that’s unique, but maddeningly all over the place.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
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  1. Mar 1, 2014
    10
    Anytime I hear an album described as rap, I usually turn the other way. I can't stand gangster rap that blows me away. I even bought the firstAnytime I hear an album described as rap, I usually turn the other way. I can't stand gangster rap that blows me away. I even bought the first Death Grips first album thinking it would be different from gangsta rap, but I was disappointed in how much rap there was on their albums. I read a couple of reviews for Young Fathers, and something told me to listen to this album on iTunes and I really liked what I heard. There are elements of rap, yes, but Fathers add so much more to this album: electronica, alternative and even pop - I've probably left something out. There sound IS all over the place but it works, and I have finally found a rap album that I like. The closest I could describe this Young Fathers "Dead" album is to Kanye West's "My Dark Twisted Fantasy." Get it! Expand
  2. Aug 12, 2014
    8
    Dead is a brilliant, yet flawed, Yeezus-like artistic rap record. The enormous production and confident lyrics make this underrated album oneDead is a brilliant, yet flawed, Yeezus-like artistic rap record. The enormous production and confident lyrics make this underrated album one of the best of 2014. ~ 8.2/10

    "Get Up" and "Hangman" were both absolutely genius constructions.
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  3. Jul 7, 2014
    7
    Huge disappointment, but only because their first two mixtapes were so great. Still worth a listen, and it has some great tracks and solidHuge disappointment, but only because their first two mixtapes were so great. Still worth a listen, and it has some great tracks and solid tracks, but nothing as good as Rumbling, Romance, Deadline, Come to Life, or The Queen is Dead.
    The music seems just a little less inspired. Better than most of what you'll find out there, but not up to par for what the group is capable of as musicians.
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  4. Oct 30, 2014
    6
    don't get me wrong, its a generally good hip-hop album, I did however have in mind more unique talents to win this year's mercury, artists whodon't get me wrong, its a generally good hip-hop album, I did however have in mind more unique talents to win this year's mercury, artists who perhaps show something a little different than usual. Dead is an album I can easily grow to and even love a little, but not an album I can separate from other things and place individually. Expand
  5. Apr 23, 2014
    5
    After their two pretty good mixtapes, YF drops their first LP. The sound of the album is great overall, very immense and huge, a rarity for aAfter their two pretty good mixtapes, YF drops their first LP. The sound of the album is great overall, very immense and huge, a rarity for a Hip Hop record. Unfortunately, it's the songs' flows and deliveries that ruin it for me a little. Well, not ruin, underwhelm me more-like. Expand

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