Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. The problem, however, is that [El-P]'s work is often too deliberated and too dense to work on levels other than the intellectual.
  2. If you're into nodding your head and scratching your head at the same time, Dead is for you.
  3. El-P's progressive beats here are full of driving, distorted drum sounds and rough samples; futuristic b-boy shit that walks a fine line between funky and grating.
  4. 60
    El-P's portentous delivery lacks poetics. [May 2007, p.110]
  5. "I'll Sleep" isn't supposed to be easy listening, but it shouldn't be this hard, either.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. johnnyb.
    Jun 12, 2007
    10
    I would call el-p ahead of his time, but I don't think time will ever catch him.
  2. Oct 8, 2014
    10
    You really can't stop listening once you start. El-P made his big entrance with Fantastic Damage, but in some ways this seems to surpassYou really can't stop listening once you start. El-P made his big entrance with Fantastic Damage, but in some ways this seems to surpass Fantastic Damage lyrically. Full Review »
  3. hypernation
    Jan 24, 2008
    10
    this album along with Saul williams niggy tardust will completely change your view on what hip hop is capable of. Incredible, diverse and all this album along with Saul williams niggy tardust will completely change your view on what hip hop is capable of. Incredible, diverse and all too rare in this landscape of mediocrity. Full Review »