Padded Room - Joe Budden

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. While Joe Budden is enamored of his rhymes, which are taut, intricate and structurally varied, he raps in a scraped-up monotone, a technician first and stylist second.
  2. Therefore, whoever had the final say-so on the beat selection is the main culprit for the failings on the album - if it was Joe Budden himself, then more shame him, because he also turns in a superb lyrical performance that rap fans will appreciate as one of the most interesting efforts in recent hip hop history.
  3. Padded Room is still a solid, well-crafted effort.
  4. The Joe Budden on Padded Room, however, is focused and hungry, spinning dense, psychological yarns that build for dozens and dozens of bars. Budden scratched and clawed for his second chance, and he hasn’t squandered it.
  5. This debut shows his skills are undiminished, boasting some A-grade production. [Jun 2009, p.122]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. NJR
    Nov 3, 2010
    A descent album from Joey, but after Mood Muzik 2 + 3 I (And I think all Budden fans) were expecting more, I hope that his next studio album (The Great Escape) will finally put to bed all of his doubters, all us Jumpoff fans know that the guy is an amazing MC but he needs to start showing it when it counts. Full Review »
  2. thomasw
    May 24, 2009
    Great album the most original album this year, the best album since Lupe fiasco the cool.