Gutter Rainbows - Talib Kweli
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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13

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  1. Feb 3, 2011
    9
    Always the lyrical soldier who fails to forget who he is and where he comes from. Prepare to be astonished and inspired by an onslaught of spiritual hip-hop that though never aimed at the mainstream is unavoidably likeable. The beats are crafted with emphasis on impact and differ in style which helps to reinforce Kweli's uniqueness. He is a social leader of men (and women), someone whose spirituality transcends the genre that pigeonholes him, and worthy of recognition as Earth's finest rapper. The only way this album loses marks is because Talib's angle is typical and could be exposed as unoriginal, but that is as much a strength as it is a weakness. 92/100 Expand
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Aug 4, 2011
    80
    The best moments on Gutter Rainbows actually come when Kweli pushes the hardest unto uncharted territory.
  2. Apr 6, 2011
    60
    Though the symphonic funk samples that power his free-flowing wordplay sound as if they could do with an upgrade. [Apr 2011, p.95]
  3. Mar 9, 2011
    80
    With production by Ski Beatz (among others), Kweli has rarely sounded so soulful and so immediate. [Feb 2011, p.74]