Disc-Overy - Tinie Tempah
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Aug 23, 2011
    80
    A serious album, with huge potential and no weak points, Disc-Overy is the coming of age UK hip hop has long needed but been too timid to reach for.
  2. May 16, 2011
    80
    A super-confident and adventurous collection of songs, Disc-Overy is the sound of an artist completely on top of their game, which could finally help the distinctly British grime scene go worldwide.
  3. May 16, 2011
    80
    A sensational debut from the British rapper. Tempah's wit, imagery and rhythmic flow is offset by schoolboy humour and a tendency to build raps from non sequiturs.
  4. May 16, 2011
    80
    It has some outstanding musical qualities, an author with a unique voice, a solid enough narrative and hit singles.
  5. 80
    The astonishing thing is that on any other record, the two above low points [Snaps and Invincible] would be stand-out tracks. With Tinie, only the best will do.
  6. May 16, 2011
    80
    His use of simile and metaphor is questionable but with an irrepressible energy and guest vocal spots from Kelly Rowland (Invincible) and Ellie Goulding (Wonderman) on top of three top five hits, this Peckham born rapper might just have made the most fun pop album of the year.
  7. May 16, 2011
    80
    Despite its flaws, the good bits of the album sound like the work of a major talent, who might get better when he realises that he doesn't need to follow trends, that he's at his best when he's being himself, and his producers are making music to match.
  8. 75
    his Stateside bow is way more schizophrenic, loaded with future-funk R&B (''Illusion''), club-friendly house (''Miami 2 Ibiza''), and skittering street sweepers (''Obsession''). That sometimes makes it hard to keep up, but on Disc-Overy, at least he has the decency to reject inscrutable British slang in favor of references to the cast of The Hills.
  9. Aug 4, 2011
    70
    While Tinie's obviously talented, I honestly can't hear what all the excitement is over. Sure something will get lost in translation, but even on mega hit Written in the Stars I'm just not catching any lyricism that stands out. Then again, maybe that's what makes Tinie so popular.
  10. May 17, 2011
    70
    The closer to hip-hop he gets, the better.
  11. May 17, 2011
    67
    Disc-Overy displays plenty of potential and willingness to experiment, but suffers a bit from its ambition, ignoring cohesion or a clear statement of purpose in favor of popular appeal.
  12. 60
    The album is a good listen, but it isn't anything the world hasn't heard before.
  13. May 20, 2011
    60
    Looking to make a convincing splash across the pond, Tempah offers up a hearty sample of talent and charisma with the aptly-titled debut album Disc-Overy.
  14. Turn a deaf ear to the Cowell-connected producer Labrinth's uninspired Brit-hop beats and instead concentrate on the surely intentional comedy of Tinie's "I've got so many clothes I keep some of them in my aunt's house" and "I've been to Southampton but I've never been to Scunthorpe" (both from number-one single "Pass Out").
  15. 60
    The best tracks are the more thoughtful reflections on youthful memories, such as "Illusion" and "Snap"; the worst is the turgid pomp-rock-rap crossover "Written in the Stars", ominously scheduled as his next single.
  16. May 16, 2011
    50
    It's a super-confident debut breadth-wise, but a misfire in terms of depth--it stretches too far and ends up light on substance and personality.
  17. May 16, 2011
    50
    All but a handful of the tracks on Disc-Overy are quite ruined by this appalling Black Eyed Peas gloss.
  18. May 16, 2011
    50
    The consistent issue with Disc-Overy is the pairing of Tempah with people who fail to elevate him.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Feb 23, 2012
    3
    this album barely has hope. The only good songs are Pass Out, Till im gone & Illusion. Listening to this album makes me uninterested intothis album barely has hope. The only good songs are Pass Out, Till im gone & Illusion. Listening to this album makes me uninterested into Tinie He needs to step it up Full Review »
  2. Jun 25, 2011
    10
    Dazzling debut album from Britain's next big thing! Lyrically its just awesome. Since Tinie arrived on the scene with breakthrough debutDazzling debut album from Britain's next big thing! Lyrically its just awesome. Since Tinie arrived on the scene with breakthrough debut single Pass Out he seemed destined for greatness. Pass Out is one of the lead trakcs but make no mistake there is plenty to be had here, its hard to find a bad song on this album. Written In The Stars is anthem and one of the best songs of 2010 (in the UK) and was the theme song for the WWE and theres a reason for that! Other top tunes include the sensational duet with Ellie Goulding, Wonderman, Invincible which features Kelly Rowland, Frisky with Labrinth, an epci collaboration with the Swedish House Mafia in Miama 2 Ibiza and a personal favourite Let Go as well as Simply Unstoppable as seen in Lucozade adverts minus Travis Barker. All in all Disc-Overy is a dynamite debut album from a man with a very big future. Mr Tempah is the future!!! Full Review »
  3. May 24, 2011
    10
    Amazing album, been listening to it for over 6 months and the songs still feel pretty fresh and haven't gotten old. If you are even remotelyAmazing album, been listening to it for over 6 months and the songs still feel pretty fresh and haven't gotten old. If you are even remotely into the genre then you will be pleased. Full Review »