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
Buy On
  1. 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.
  2. 50
    Instead of updating his sound and style for a contemporary audience, Prisoner of Conscious comes off as a series of half measures.
  3. May 10, 2013
    60
    For all of its powerful lyricism, Prisoner Of Conscious is not a particularly dynamic listen.
  4. Mojo
    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]
  5. Q Magazine
    May 13, 2013
    60
    He seems content to occupy the same '90s underground niche he's always done. [Jun 2013, p.90]
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. 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 »