No Love Lost - Joe Budden
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Feb 13, 2013
    80
    The album probably has more features than any other Budden project, but it’s not overbearing. Also, Joe does not move away aimlessly from what he is good at and what he enjoys.
  2. Feb 12, 2013
    80
    With Joe’s distinct style steering every track, No Love Lost is a much more cohesive and focused work, despite similar fluctuations [to Slaughterhouse's Welcome To: Our House].
  3. Feb 12, 2013
    70
    Budden's raw energy and experience enriche otherwise throwaway pop, even when saccharine hooks (Kirko Bangz) and amphibian croaks (Lil Wayne) threaten to cheapen it.
  4. Feb 12, 2013
    70
    The casual listener might think it drifts too much, but fans who wrap it up in the Slaughterhouse universe will find it's a somewhat jumbled effort with plenty of literate, thoughtful writing to explore.
  5. Apr 26, 2013
    60
    No Love Lost is too inconsistent to leave a lasting impression, and falls short of greatness.
  6. Feb 12, 2013
    60
    The most glaring issue with No Love Lost is the truly terrible production featured throughout.
  7. Feb 19, 2013
    50
    Even without the cushy padding of Welcome to: Our House's clutch of Alex da Kid, AraabMuzik, and Hit-Boy beats, No Love Lost predictably sounds an awful lot like everything else on the radio.
  8. Apr 5, 2013
    40
    It’s just typical Budden atop typical Top 40 (other than “Ghetto Burbs”, which could’ve been a Lil’ Cease epic in 1999) and that’s not a formula that makes for anything memorable.
  9. Feb 12, 2013
    40
    He sounds completely adrift here, struggling to articulate vulnerability or trying to figure out relationships. More problematic, he seems to have cherry-picked beats off a thrift store rack.
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Feb 27, 2013
    5
    Joe Budden's style is mediocre and this album is the proof, except for "She Do not Put It Down" produced by T-Minus and "Last Day" with Juicy J and Lloyd Banks. Full Review »
  2. Mar 4, 2013
    7
    1/4 of hip-hop super group Slaughterhouse and emerging solo artist Joe Budden releases his 3rd studip album "No Love Lost". Lyrically this album is great as showcased on songs like "All in My Head" with Royce da 5'9" and "Skeletons" with Joell Ortiz Crooked I. The production for this album was absolutely horrible but thankfully the lyricism shown by the Mood God was impeccable to save the album. All those who doubted Mr. Budden before this release should be proved wrong. Of course there is no 'big single' here to stand with his 2003 hit "Pump It Up" their are some radio friendly songs like "NBA" which features Wiz Khalifa and French Montana, "She Don't Put It Down" with Tank and rap superstar Lil Wayne. Overall, I think this is a good blueprint for the rap veteran's career. Full Review »
  3. Feb 18, 2013
    4
    This album falls flat, especially after his latest mixtape, A Loose Quarter, was so good. While, yes, the production is awful and the songs in general are just bad, the worst part about the album is that the best song is "All In My Head", which was released on the aforementioned mixtape. Budden would've been better off releasing his mixtape as the album, especially considering how bad the album is in comparison to the mixtape. "Skeletons" and "You and I" are the only redeeming original songs the album has. Full Review »