Purple Naked Ladies

Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
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  1. Q Magazine
    Feb 22, 2012
    60
    The Internet still feels like an important first step, not only for its willingness to test the limits of current hip hop/R&B, but as proof that Odd Future is more than just a one-man show. [Mar 2012, p.108]
  2. Feb 2, 2012
    60
    Thrilling and original. It's a dense but shifting mist of sound: snatches of vocals, meandering electric piano and guitar figures, synthesisers that move from enveloping warmth to jangling out of tune, topped off with Bennett's sweetly understated voice... [Yet] for all its flashes of brilliance, it sounds more like a free download.
  3. Jan 31, 2012
    60
    An endearingly scattershot take on spaced-out R&B, complete with drug fetishism and a load of moves apparently copped from the Neptunes.
  4. Jan 26, 2012
    60
    Most of the songs flatline – ambient, rambling soundscapes that are largely indistinguishable...It's no coincidence that the briefest songs, when Syd really gets down and makes her personality felt, are also some of the best.
  5. Jan 17, 2012
    60
    This sprawling effort could sorely use some tightening up.
  6. Jan 13, 2012
    60
    The album's biggest hindrance is a lack of ruthlessness at crucial moments, eschewing cohesion for broad-stroke stabs at too many genres.
  7. Jan 4, 2012
    60
    Like many spinoffs from the Odd Future machine, it's a small piece of a larger puzzle, useful for obsessives concerned with keeping their catalogs up to date.
  8. Dec 20, 2011
    60
    Syd the Kyd mostly drifts through the music, and is more compelling when getting into trouble--as on Cocaine and Fastlane--rather than lamenting love lost.
  9. Dec 20, 2011
    58
    Without that blessed cohesion that is the groove, Purple Naked Ladies is an alternately jaggy and listless dream, rather than the narcotic romp it is meant to be.
  10. Dec 22, 2011
    50
    Any halfway interesting endeavor is either quickly discarded or frustratingly bereft of further exploration and expansion.
  11. The Wire
    Feb 17, 2012
    40
    There is a resounding thinness to Purple Naked Ladies and its finest moments sound like a collection of scratch tracks from a lost Erykah Badu/Neptunes session circa 1998. [Mar 2012, p.54]
  12. Feb 14, 2012
    40
    When the Internet do short and romantic, their songs are tight and purposeful. Other stylistic excursions don't work out as well.
  13. Feb 1, 2012
    40
    Syd's uninterest in the topic on the dreary, sporadically interesting Purple Naked Ladies is disappointing, if not unforgivable.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 31, 2012
    7
    I kinda enjoyed this album. Most of the songs are listenable and it's a nice start for The Internet. There are points where Syd's voice wasI kinda enjoyed this album. Most of the songs are listenable and it's a nice start for The Internet. There are points where Syd's voice was off and on the track Visions, Coco (who was featured) was out singing Syd by a lot. It's a nice start and hopefully they can improve from here. Full Review »
  2. Dec 10, 2012
    5
    Sid tha Kid and Matt Martians come out of the Odd Future work with this new innovative ideas, but the problem comes from the first listenSid tha Kid and Matt Martians come out of the Odd Future work with this new innovative ideas, but the problem comes from the first listen because the production is too confusing and not very convincing. But not all garbage, "Cocaine" and "Fastlane" are good tracks to remember. Perhaps the result is not the best but can improve. Full Review »
  3. Feb 26, 2012
    4
    The Internet put out a decent debut some songs were listening to but others weren't. Syd's singing is ok she has some goods songs likeThe Internet put out a decent debut some songs were listening to but others weren't. Syd's singing is ok she has some goods songs like Cocaine, Fastlane & she knows Full Review »