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  • Summary: El-P's long-anticipated second solo disc features collaborations with Cat Power, Trent Reznor, Matt Sweeney, Aesop Rock, and The Mars Volta.
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Ultimately, I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead displays a type of artistic growth almost alien to the genre.
  2. One of the most powerful hip-hop albums of 2007.
  3. Once it hits its stride, it just keeps on getting better.
  4. It's a scary, difficult album, but one well suited for our times.
  5. Nobody makes hip-hop as textured and atmospheric as El-P, and he manages to temper his disorienting noise with soulful suggestions this time out.
  6. 70
    Equal parts faithful-but-twisted boom bap and avant-indie rock, the album drips with elbow grease. [Mar 2007, p.91]
  7. "I'll Sleep" isn't supposed to be easy listening, but it shouldn't be this hard, either.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24