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Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Jun 13, 2012
    80
    SGP's ability to create a quarantined universe explains why Mysterious is often absorbing rather than oppressive.
  2. Jun 11, 2012
    80
    His singular sound gives the project a wonderful sense of cohesiveness and gels Purpp's vision together with a maturity beyond his young years.
  3. Jun 11, 2012
    80
    Like A$AP Mob and Odd Future before him, Purrp arrives fully formed, with his own unique, fully realized aesthetic vision.
  4. He may not have superstar charisma on the mic, but his ability to create an enveloping, dungeon-like sphere of sound practically guarantees you'll be seeing his name pop up on plenty of great releases for years to come.
  5. Jul 20, 2012
    70
    A plenty addictive listen.
  6. Jul 19, 2012
    70
    Mysterious Phonk feels extremely private in ways that are powerful but not entirely sorted out yet. Purrp finds numerous occasions to talk about smiling in the face of a cold world, but even a facetious smirk never really cracks, and the world is cold in only the most brightly-lit, fantastical, and dystopic ways.
  7. Jul 17, 2012
    70
    There's something about it--the entire album has such a tone you can't help but get sucked into its slowed down world.
  8. Jul 5, 2012
    70
    A nifty wordsmith whose drawled delivery complements the menace of his woozy productions. [Aug 2012, p.80]
  9. Jun 25, 2012
    70
    An air of menace and depression hangs over this album, embodied in SpaceGhostPurrp's stream-of-consciousness raps, leaning on sneering boasts and mantralike chants. This single-mindedness can be invigorating.
  10. 70
    An obsession with sex that's rarely heard outside Lil Wayne albums is combined with the woozy sizzurp lilt of A$AP Rocky and his own stunningly sinister devil's whisper delivery to create something remarkably dark and original.
  11. Jun 13, 2012
    70
    If you avoid Mysterious Phonk during the impatient daytime hours, you'll find it impressively dark and uncomfortable.
  12. Jun 11, 2012
    70
    It's scattered, without a singular vision, and successful nonetheless.
  13. Jun 11, 2012
    70
    [The album offers] an easy, accessible entry point into this Dark Knight's world.
  14. Oct 12, 2012
    60
    While his debut's defiantly un-PC lyrics take inspiration from '90s gangsta mavericks such as Three 6 Mafia, the electronic murk that surrounds them on tracks such as Get Yah Head Bust is utterly of the moment. [Jul 2012, p.110]
  15. Jun 26, 2012
    60
    The inspiring message that is clearly part of the appeal is still buried under too much empty rap rhetoric.
  16. 60
    Much like the Odd Future catalog, SpaceGhostPurrp's impressive, stark, spooky production will be enough to win over listeners bothered by the sexism.
  17. Jun 19, 2012
    60
    While the beats set SpaceGhostPurrp apart, his microphone skills are lacking; his flow, always sleepily riding behind the bass, doesn't fluctuate... But his apocalyptic perspective is refreshing. [No.88 p.59]
  18. 60
    After a while, the sticky, repetitive swirls work their hypnotic magic: they're like The Bomb Squad mired in depression rather than revolution.
  19. Jun 20, 2012
    50
    Stripped of cheap but effective lo-fi tricks, Mysterious Phonk is meandering and moronic.
  20. Jul 19, 2012
    40
    The somnambulant nihilism of his one-trick flow and the risible machismo of choruses quickly wear out SpaceGhostPurrp's welcome. [Aug 2012, p.87]

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