Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. If you enjoy contemporary pop whose market-tested blare offends both rockist philistines and IDM aesthetes, her second album is a worthwhile investment.
  2. Apr 9, 2012
    80
    Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, like a Whitman's Sampler, has something chewy for everyone.
  3. Apr 6, 2012
    80
    If you believe that art and commerce and provocation and fun – and hip- hop and disco and teen pop – can all be one and the same, here's a record for you.
  4. Apr 5, 2012
    80
    You can see Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded as a great rap album dragged down by pandering, but you could equally see it as a triumph that one of the biggest pop records of the year leads off with a half-dozen tracks of blistering, filthy, idea-jammed hip-hop.
  5. 75
    It may not be a definitive knockout punch, but she can keep her title.
  6. Apr 4, 2012
    74
    Minaj is at her best-at her most compelling, most ingenious, most human-when she indulges every weird mannerism that comes into her busy brain.
  7. Aug 22, 2012
    70
    Nicki's shining moments are her straight-up, hip-hop tracks. [#252, p.87]
  8. Apr 12, 2012
    70
    At 22 tracks, its formulaic and mechanistic approach begins to wear thin at times--there's just too much going on to properly digest it all--but as a compendium of chart-ready fodder, Nicki has honed in on precisely what works for her with remarkable ease.
  9. Apr 3, 2012
    70
    The album unfolds an immeasurable amalgam of genres and inspirations, all fused together in a diamond-encrusted bubble of futuristic, day-glo hip hop. The energy is palpable, the pace rarely lets up, and personality pervades throughout.
  10. Apr 6, 2012
    67
    On all of these songs, Nicki is dartboard focused-- she's rapping harder here than on almost anything from Pink Friday... But much of Roman Reloaded sweats with a too-big-to-fail desperation.
  11. Apr 3, 2012
    67
    While Roman Reloaded is certainly more confident than the too-safe Pink Friday, Minaj might need to mature a couple more albums' worth before she's capable of wrangling the many Nickis into coherence.
  12. 60
    Roman Reloaded's triumphs all come early, on the album's hip-hop front end. In full flow, Minaj remains a delight.
  13. Overlong at 19 tracks, it has its moments.
  14. 60
    Halfway through, as guest rappers stop littering the proceedings, the album does a 90-degree shift and becomes a banging club affair, stuffed with David Guetta-style synth-stompers.
  15. Apr 5, 2012
    60
    Unfortunately, her adventurous side is rarely heard in the more radio-friendly jams, which are heartfelt and catchy but less inspired.
  16. Apr 4, 2012
    60
    More than it's lack of rap, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded suffers most from not fully being any one thing, as it's unable to balance multiple approaches into one package.
  17. Apr 4, 2012
    60
    Cut the iffy pop off these 19 tracks and you're left with Roman's true four-star empire, but as it is, Roman Reloaded is a frustrating mix of significant and skippable.
  18. Apr 4, 2012
    60
    Pop Star Nicki is still going strong so her fans should have nothing to worry about, but those of us who started collecting with the original line should probably just find a new hobby-Mixtape Nicki has been discontinued.
  19. 60
    It's not a classic album, but its contents implicitly argue that the concept of a "classic album" has become irrelevant in 2012 anyway.
  20. Apr 3, 2012
    55
    A missed opportunity to progress.
  21. Oct 8, 2012
    50
    It lumps together all the rap tracks on the first half, and lets the pop fluff fill the rest.
  22. Apr 17, 2012
    50
    Pink Friday: Roman's Revenge isn't bad because of Minaj's cross-dressing it is bad because she often tries on some very banal, characterless outfits.
  23. 50
    It shows range, sure, but it feels so disparate that it's just baffling. Worse, none of these poses and personae actually feel convincing.
  24. Apr 3, 2012
    50
    Here both the production and Nicki's delivery border on absurdist theater, at one point devolving into Nicki literally making noises.
  25. 50
    The result is a disjointed, artistically confused release that's not only way too long but also doesn't really ring true as an "album" at all, at least if your definition is a collection of new songs with a central premise or statement that one listens to from start to finish.
  26. Apr 16, 2012
    40
    A recipe for disaster which tries to please everybody and ends up being enjoyed by nobody.
  27. Apr 2, 2012
    40
    Nicki Minaj's second album is pop postmodernity in an advanced state of hollow, banal meaningless, and the first causality is Minaj herself.
  28. Apr 2, 2012
    30
    Tacked on to this mediocre rap album is a ghastly and desperate bid for a hit single that sees Minaj and producer RedOne snatching items from a veritable sale rack of tired Top 40 tricks and tossing them hastily over the most basic synth and drum-machine presets.
  29. 20
    While it's a whopping 19 tracks, half the album is nothing more than bargain-basement pop knockoffs of everyone from Beyoncé to Keri Hilson.
  30. Apr 3, 2012
    10
    By doubling down on her cartoonish elements, she's lost all remnants of lyrical ingenuity she around the time "Monster" first leaked, let alone her various mixtapes.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 312 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 111
  2. Negative: 42 out of 111
  1. Apr 3, 2012
    0
    This is legitimately one of the worst Pop albums I have ever heard. There is almost nothing redeemable to this album. Nicki MInaj believedThis is legitimately one of the worst Pop albums I have ever heard. There is almost nothing redeemable to this album. Nicki MInaj believed her own hype and created something dangerously bad. Full Review »
  2. Apr 4, 2012
    1
    I was a huge fan of Nicki Minaj, but now it seems she's just concerned with making as much money possible without exerting much effort.I was a huge fan of Nicki Minaj, but now it seems she's just concerned with making as much money possible without exerting much effort. There's probably two good songs on here and neither of them are great. Roman Holiday is one of the biggest messes I've ever heard. Good for her for doing whatever the hell it is that she wants, but it's almost insulting that she put this out and expects us to pay for it. Thank you to Rdio for letting me stream before deciding whether or not to buy it. The pop tracks are nothing new. In fact, they are kind of corny. "Starships were meant to fly"....can we take a moment to decipher what this is supposed to mean? "Marilyn Monroe" is another hilarious song. Full Review »
  3. Apr 3, 2012
    0
    One of the worst album of the year. Absolutely awful.