Prisoner of Conscious

  • Record Label: 3D
  • Release Date: May 7, 2013
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. May 13, 2013
    60
    He seems content to occupy the same '90s underground niche he's always done. [Jun 2013, p.90]
  2. May 10, 2013
    60
    For all of its powerful lyricism, Prisoner Of Conscious is not a particularly dynamic listen.
  3. Aug 9, 2013
    50
    It’s not sanctimony that drags the album down so much as lack of focus, both lyrical and aesthetic. Coursing between the ham-fisted message-moments is a nimble and reliably engaging display of verbal dexterity.
  4. 50
    Instead of updating his sound and style for a contemporary audience, Prisoner of Conscious comes off as a series of half measures.
  5. May 20, 2013
    40
    Dogged by sub-standard productions and uneasy alliances, it's left to the RZA and Madlib's younger brother Oh No to partially save his bacon. [Jun 2013, p.89]
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jun 18, 2013
    6
    Talib Kweil is a great rapper, especially with regard to the alternative genre. After the good work with Gutter Rainbows, Talib Kweil releasesTalib Kweil is a great rapper, especially with regard to the alternative genre. After the good work with Gutter Rainbows, Talib Kweil releases Prisoner of Concious, a sufficient album but with anything new. Full Review »
  2. May 7, 2013
    7
    Im such a HUGE kweli fan I would expect 2 years between albums would provide a great release. With this album he clearly is coming out with aIm such a HUGE kweli fan I would expect 2 years between albums would provide a great release. With this album he clearly is coming out with a message. Which I can appriciate as he mostly a conscious lyricist. However, the album on a whole is not spectacular. There isn't really a song that is catchy or one I would keep in my collection. That is not to say his rhyming has fallen off, but this is a lesser album than Gutter Rainbows and certainly Eardrum. Full Review »
  3. May 7, 2013
    8
    Another solid release from Talib Kweli. Each song has good bars and a good message. While not the best album of the year, it is good to see aAnother solid release from Talib Kweli. Each song has good bars and a good message. While not the best album of the year, it is good to see a legend continue to go strong in 2013. Full Review »