ilp. - Kwes.
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Oct 15, 2013
    90
    [Kwes delivers] poignant wanderings from within his inner-monologue, while voicing a soul-expanding sound that makes James Blake's noir&B cool seem like nothing more than ostentatious art school assignments.
  2. Oct 14, 2013
    90
    It's exciting and unique music, not falling neatly in with any of his dubstep/singer/songwriter peers or the large number of indie-leaning electronic producers.
  3. Oct 14, 2013
    90
    Where an artist as eclectic and unpredictable as this might go next is anybody’s guess, but on the basis of this quietly spectacular album, it’s likely that listeners will be more than happy to follow him into the unknown.
  4. 85
    It’s ambitious, even expansive, in scope, despite the introspection his lyrics communicate, and even if it wasn’t the intention, he provides an incredible snapshot of urban life through the lens of love and brittle electro-soul.
  5. Oct 17, 2013
    80
    It is in the composition of sound that Kwes stands out.
  6. Oct 17, 2013
    80
    It’s an extremely mature record that tackles the world’s biggest most important theme, love, with confidence and assurance.
  7. Nov 27, 2013
    75
    Rarely do you stumble into a world so richly realized and so warmly, curiously inviting. [No. 104, p.58]
  8. Nov 5, 2013
    75
    For all its texture and depth, the synth-heavy production sounds nearly flat, but that's hardly an issue with the flourishes of creativity that make up of the bulk of ilp. Even for those of us can't see what Kwes sees when we hear his music, ilp is a colorful experience.
  9. Oct 16, 2013
    70
    A vivid, shapeshifting debut album. [Nov 2013, p.74]
  10. 70
    Although not as immediate as his collaborators’ work, his introversion pulls you into his unique soundscape.
  11. Oct 14, 2013
    70
    Taking pleasure in the observations of daily life, ‘ilp’ comes bathed in highly saturated colours and rich textures.
  12. Oct 24, 2013
    63
    Kwes’s gentle songwriting sensibilities are unable to keep up with his exploratory beat making and the result is too often a mismatch that ends up leaving the listner at a loss.
  13. Nov 22, 2013
    60
    He doesn't break into this persona often enough, slipping back into ILP's default tone. [Dec 2013, p.109]
  14. Oct 17, 2013
    60
    Kwes is a resourceful, competent producer and songwriter who’s not short on ideas; if anything, he’s overwhelmed by his own creativity.
  15. 50
    While Ilp proves he can walk the walk, he often fails to talk the talk.

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