Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
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  1. Jun 13, 2012
    SGP's ability to create a quarantined universe explains why Mysterious is often absorbing rather than oppressive.
  2. Jun 11, 2012
    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
    Like A$AP Mob and Odd Future before him, Purrp arrives fully formed, with his own unique, fully realized aesthetic vision.
  4. He may not have superstar charisma on the mic, but his ability to create an enveloping, dungeon-like sphere of sound practically guarantees you'll be seeing his name pop up on plenty of great releases for years to come.
  5. Jul 20, 2012
    A plenty addictive listen.
  6. Jul 19, 2012
    Mysterious Phonk feels extremely private in ways that are powerful but not entirely sorted out yet. Purrp finds numerous occasions to talk about smiling in the face of a cold world, but even a facetious smirk never really cracks, and the world is cold in only the most brightly-lit, fantastical, and dystopic ways.
  7. Jul 17, 2012
    There's something about it--the entire album has such a tone you can't help but get sucked into its slowed down world.
  8. Uncut
    Jul 5, 2012
    A nifty wordsmith whose drawled delivery complements the menace of his woozy productions. [Aug 2012, p.80]
  9. Jun 25, 2012
    An air of menace and depression hangs over this album, embodied in SpaceGhostPurrp's stream-of-consciousness raps, leaning on sneering boasts and mantralike chants. This single-mindedness can be invigorating.
  10. 70
    An obsession with sex that's rarely heard outside Lil Wayne albums is combined with the woozy sizzurp lilt of A$AP Rocky and his own stunningly sinister devil's whisper delivery to create something remarkably dark and original.
  11. Jun 13, 2012
    If you avoid Mysterious Phonk during the impatient daytime hours, you'll find it impressively dark and uncomfortable.
  12. Jun 11, 2012
    It's scattered, without a singular vision, and successful nonetheless.
  13. Jun 11, 2012
    [The album offers] an easy, accessible entry point into this Dark Knight's world.

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