Evolve or Be Extinct

  • Record Label: Big Dada
  • Release Date: Jan 19, 2012
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Mar 27, 2012
    82
    This album may not appeal to some (especially those heads looking strictly for lyricism and weighty content). However, fans of both grime and dubstep will undoubtedly enjoy this offering, and most notably: Wiley's evolution.
  2. Mar 23, 2012
    80
    Evolve or be Extinct succeeds as both a collection of songs for public use--dancing, drinking, celebrating Christmas, protesting customs officials--and as a complex portrait of the artist who's sacrificed his sleep and sanity to create them.
  3. Feb 10, 2012
    80
    Wiley's finally made the album that his talent warrants.
  4. Mojo
    Jan 31, 2012
    80
    His best yet. [Feb 2012, p.98]
  5. 80
    It takes a pretty special type of artist to release 11 zip files of music for free, follow that up with three albums within a year and still pique your interest when a new release crosses the doorstep. But such is the way of Wiley.
  6. Jan 12, 2012
    80
    Every song has something to intrigue.
  7. Q Magazine
    Jan 10, 2012
    80
    [An album] that's up there with its maverick creator's best.[Feb. 2012 p. 105]
  8. 80
    It's bonkers and frequently brilliant.
  9. Jan 17, 2012
    72
    It's one of his best, a mostly single-minded return to the on-the-mic fierceness and computers-go-tribal rhythms that first made his name.
  10. Feb 17, 2012
    70
    Warts and all, this is one of the strongest albums in Wiley's already impressive catalog.
  11. The Wire
    Jan 23, 2012
    70
    Wiley is one of those rare double-threats, blessed with both production and MCing abilities. [Jan. 2012, p.64]
  12. Jan 12, 2012
    70
    There is so much to be enjoyed on 'Evolve Or Be Extinct' though - such fluid virtuosity - that the occasional blip does not cloud the overall picture.
  13. Jan 10, 2012
    70
    For all its innovativity and dogged determinism, the album's latter moments just can't compete with the top heavy appeal of its opening tracks.
  14. Jan 24, 2012
    65
    At his best on "Evolve or Be Extinct", though, he reaches a pleasing mixture of understated beats and slice-of-life rhymes that are occasionally profound. At his worst, songs like "Scar" have neither beats nor rhymes I ever want to hear again.
  15. Feb 10, 2012
    60
    His current tactic of quantity at the price of quality control does mean songs with less impact end up on record.
  16. Jan 30, 2012
    60
    With pitfalls and all, Wiley is still going strong as artists come and go.
  17. Over rudimentary backing beats, in that "ya feel me?" accent, his humour often hits the spot. However, the going-through-Customs skit, followed by a track about having his urine tested at the airport, is as tedious as it is righteous.
  18. Uncut
    Jan 9, 2012
    60
    Quality is spotty, though. [Feb 2012, p.106]
  19. Jan 9, 2012
    60
    Infuriatingly irresistible.
  20. Jan 9, 2012
    60
    This feels like an album by, for and about himself.
  21. Feb 10, 2012
    50
    On Evolve or be Extinct he spends an uncomfortable amount of time simply sounding doddery.
  22. Mar 21, 2012
    40
    For all the banging beauty in its beats, Evolve or Be Extinct is too forced and uncomfortable, as though he figured he'd evolve if he just over-thought it enough.
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  1. Jan 26, 2012
    10
    The album has a great song and some really catchy songs like Boom Blast and Daiquiris and then gives you a chill out factor with Only Human.The album has a great song and some really catchy songs like Boom Blast and Daiquiris and then gives you a chill out factor with Only Human. The fact Wiley doesn't bring in backing vocals form females in order to get some sales brings a refreshing wave to me as many rappers and other artists seem to do that and its all about mainstream music. Great mix of songs and a big improvement on 100% Publishing. Full Review »