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  • Summary: With influences from electronic, hip-hop, and jazz, the debut full-length release for the son of Grammy-winning jazz musician Bobby McFerrin features guest appearances from Robert Glasper, César Camargo Mariano, Nai Palm, RYAT, Thundercat, and Marcus Gilmore.
  • Record Label: Brainfeeder
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Experimental Electronic, Left-Field Hip-Hop, Alternative R&B
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Jun 5, 2014
    90
    It's an album that you need to experience for yourself, to have it ease into your world and make a home, to feel its freedom, to visit and revisit again and again.
  2. 85
    The album was not created lightly, and by no means deserves to be skimmed, but there’s a diversity and thirst within this album that stands to keep Early Riser remembered for some time, and will no doubt lead McFerrin to achieve the same.
  3. Mojo
    Jul 2, 2014
    80
    Early Riser is a special album that pulls you deep into its alternative universe. [Aug 2014, p.92]
  4. Jun 16, 2014
    70
    Early Riser recalls '70s LPs by the likes of Herbie Hancock--with whom McFerrin Sr. collaborated--and actually evokes the process of remembering, insomuch as it's full of teasing hints and hazy feelings that ebb and flow throughout.
  5. Aug 8, 2014
    70
    With McFerrin and this latest crop of open, creative minds exploring the hallowed halls of jazz, there seems to be hope the form can and will continue to exist and evolve with society, remaining a relevant and integral art form on the musical and cultural landscape.
  6. Jun 5, 2014
    68
    This is an album built for slow weekend mornings spent in bed with a loved one more than brisk, early-morning runs.
  7. 60
    These songs don’t have a great dynamic range, or produce very surprising events. They float past you, often made of three or four chords and a trickling, curious beat.

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  1. Aug 7, 2014
    7
    Taylor McFerrin has pressure on him already because of his prolific father's career. First of all, I definitely commend his endeavor intoTaylor McFerrin has pressure on him already because of his prolific father's career. First of all, I definitely commend his endeavor into music without trying to mimic a shadow of Bobby McFerrin.

    This album involves good neo-soul and modern R&B production. It's a well written and recorded piece. Some of the featured artists on it are also very hot in neo-soul (I'm talking about you Hiatus Kaiyote). My only problem is that some of the songs are a tad monotonous near the middle of the album.

    The songs 'The Antidote' and 'Invisible/Visible' were my personal favorites.

    For a first album, this is a great start to Taylor McFerrin's career.
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