Old - Danny Brown

Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Oct 7, 2013
    While Old often seems like a hip-hop kaleidoscope exploding across the speakers, it's also crafted and paced, split down the middle like a great LP with a sure start and a freeing finish.
  2. Oct 3, 2013
    It's the humblest and most powerful wish I've heard on a record all year.
  3. Nov 14, 2013
    Intelligent earnest lyricism, raw subject matter, exquisite minimalist production, and bombastic thrills. Old doesn't sound like anything approaching a conventional hip-hop record--and in a year when the majority of rap's big hitters failed to deliver, it couldn't feel more indispensable.
  4. 91
    Old positively vibrates with Brown's nasally helter-skelter energy. [4 Oct 2013, p.64]
  5. Oct 8, 2013
    He has wound up producing an album that transcends much of the typical hype bullshit and seems destined to stand as a unifying record, leaving no one asking for Danny Brown’s resume when he receives his share of the spotlight, making his sense of humor an ingredient rather than the whole meal.
  6. Oct 7, 2013
    Old is Brown’s best work. Complex beyond its two-sided structure, it is filled with narratives that collide, sentiments that conflict and resolutions that come to nothing.
  7. Oct 22, 2013
    As a rap record, it excels.
  8. Oct 21, 2013
    Old is all about developing the character of one very conflicted dude, and to me that’s its crowning achievement; it’s not his “split personalities” as much as the inner turmoils that fizz around within any complex character, but which you hardly ever hear so convincingly captured on a single record.
  9. Oct 9, 2013
    While each song has a solid musical backbone, it’s Brown’s narratives that make the most profound impact, and move the album forward.
  10. 85
    Old provides expository context and an origin story of sorts for that voice.
  11. Danny Brown is taking the route everyone wants an artist to take: putting out forward thinking, self-expressing art that is setting the bar rather than merely attempting to reach it.
  12. Oct 15, 2013
    Brown's self-awareness of his situation doesn't seem to have made him alter his intake. At least it has allowed him to make an incredible album.
  13. 91
    One thing you should never underestimate, though, is the power of a good story, and Danny Brown has a wealth of them, which makes Old not just the best hip-hop album of the year--but a major factor in every discussion of album of the year.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 99 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Dec 4, 2013
    Too many hipsters posting reviews. The fact is the first side is deep, the second side is dope. One pushes the mind to the limit with its lyricism and intense story telling, it pushes emotions with its down to earth roots. The second half pushes hip-hop as a music genre to the limit with its twisted edm influenced trap beats, Dip sounds like a club banger from the future. The second half listen to when you party, listen to it when you are on your own, its still great, you aren't looking for lyricism on those songs, you are looking for flows, and verbal attacks (hence Scrufizzer as a feature, the unique beat choices. The first half just happens to also be produced extremely will for what it is. Full Review »
  2. Oct 8, 2013
    Overall, a really good album. I am not a big Danny Brown guy at all and am generally annoyed by his voice, but here, he largely seems to rap normally and when he does, it is incredibly effective. It is so effective, in fact, that I sort of liked it when he rapped in his silly, crazy voice that he so frequently uses. I was quite impressed by this album as a whole and it is most definitely a very good project. In my eyes, Danny Brown took major steps forward with this album. Full Review »
  3. Oct 24, 2013
    I'm not going to go into much detail, since Danny Brown isn't for everyone. If you are a Danny Brown fan, definitely pick it up. Personally, I prefer XXX by a long shot, mostly because of the way the album was constructed, but Old still shows Danny Brown at his best. The production on this album is pretty damn amazing and that's the one thing where I think it 'beats' XXX. Get it, beats?.... 7/10 Full Review »