Reincarnated - Snoop Lion
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Nov 7, 2013
    30
    The onetime rapper's new foray into Lionism deviates so far from the norm that its proprietor's been edged out, melded into a nonconfrontational reggae singer whose drops can't muster a single memorable moment.
  2. Jun 18, 2013
    60
    Reincarnated is not the usual Dogg's dinner, nor is it a roaring revelation. [Jul 2013, p.85]
  3. May 24, 2013
    60
    As it stands, the album has some decent songs but doesn't hold together as an album.
  4. May 2, 2013
    40
    Like Snoop’s documentary of the same name, Reincarnated has its moments but needs an editor.
  5. 50
    The musical results feel more like a touristy package holiday through Jamaican dub history.
  6. 75
    Reincarnated does have its half-baked moments, though--this is still Snoop, after all. [3 May 2013, p.63]
  7. 50
    Executive produced by Major Lazer, the affair is an approachable relative to Jamaican roots and dancehall.
  8. Apr 25, 2013
    60
    Uneven though sometimes enjoyable, Reincarnated is surprisingly better than expected.
  9. Apr 24, 2013
    30
    It ranks at or near the top of vexing choices made by once-platinum artists, full of lazy, half-baked pablum that does more harm to Snoop Lion than good for others.
  10. Apr 24, 2013
    40
    Snoop's sing-song flow might seem ideal for pop-reggae, but he disappears into the background of his own album.
  11. Apr 24, 2013
    75
    Reincarnated stands as an enjoyable pop record laced with an assortment of roots and dancehall reggae references.
  12. Apr 24, 2013
    60
    His immersion in Rastafarianism has produced a middling album, at best.
  13. Apr 24, 2013
    50
    Too much of it is an ill-advised cultural safari that’s too weird to fly but too monied to fail. But where it succeeds, Reincarnated forces you to forget the principal ridiculousness of the enterprise, and that is no small feat.
  14. Apr 23, 2013
    40
    Intentions may have been good, but the result smacks of carpetbagging.
  15. Apr 22, 2013
    40
    The Diplo-directed record is a somewhat sloppy mish-mash of reggae cuts that rarely attain an authentic air.
  16. Apr 22, 2013
    50
    Reincarnated the album is all heart and heart-in-the-right-place, threatening to mash up the system without ever even harshing the mellow.
  17. Apr 22, 2013
    40
    At its best, this album is nothing more than a passable appropriation of pop reggae in 2013.
  18. Apr 22, 2013
    40
    Snoop has some way to go as a conscious voice before he convinces anyone that he is the reincarnation of Bob Marley.
  19. Apr 19, 2013
    60
    Mostly this is a gimmicky album with ill-fitting techno and electro influences on plastic, poppy songs.
  20. 80
    This debut offering as Snoop Lion has much to recommend it, not least the infectious grooves devised by Diplo's Major Lazer production team.
  21. Apr 19, 2013
    40
    As a pop-reggae album it's patchily OK; as an addition to the canon of righteous Rastafarian spiritual music, it's profoundly unconvincing and a bit insulting.
  22. Apr 19, 2013
    70
    There's a winning sincerity to his sunny jams extolling peace, love and gun control; even the weed anthems feel less phoned-in than usual.
User Score
4.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Apr 23, 2013
    10
    A whole new snoop, singing rather than rapping, reggae sounds instead of hip hop beats, and yet the masterclass artist has pulled it off magnificently. Full Review »
  2. Apr 28, 2013
    0
    Much like will.i.am's atrocious solo LP "#willpower", Snoop Dog has failed to pretend. He's failed to pretend to be someone else. You know, I thought It was that artists should be original, and experimental on building their own sound, but most mainstream pop and hip hop is trying to knock off as many other popular new artists as possible. No snoop, you're not Bob Marley, and you're not the next coming of him, either. You're too high. Full Review »
  3. May 1, 2013
    8
    Well, this album was a surprise. First, there was the name change, then a confirmed duet with Miley Cyrus and then the announcement that the album was going to be reggae. Eh? Well, this bewildering collection of information resulted in one of the most surprising albums I've reviewed this year. Snoop has done a complete 180 and is suddenly all about peace and love in this album that's bursting with pure Caribbean sunshine. Starting off with the epic Rebel Way, already my expectations were high and were fufilled as track after track went by. There's traditional reggae tracks like Here Comes The King, So Long, Fruit Juice, La La La and Harder Times, more modern ones like The Good Good and a throwback to his old style (but much more peaceful) in the form of Lighters Up. I especially appreciate his heartfelt call for peace in No Guns Allowed. The only downsides were the Rita Ora and Miley Cyrus collaborations. Other than that, this was thoroughly enjoyable and put a big smile on my face. Definitely get the deluxe version as all the tracks there are good. Now, a lot of fans have come down hard on Snoop for this album, calling him fake and saying he's betrayed his fans by changing his style. Well, I agree that those collabs with popstars was a bad idea, but his conversion to a new way of life and making an album to coincide with that seems genuine. And I believe an artist should challenge themselves and their fans too. This album was risky and I keep seeing negative reviews everywhere and I think it's so unwarranted. Very few rappers make albums about happiness and harmony. It's refreshing to hear a mainstream rapper, especially Snoop, of all people, sing songs that have absolutely nothing to do with bragging about how much money and hos they have. If he keeps making albums like this, I might consider myself a fan and I know I'll be playing Reincarnated all summer. Make the music you feel like making in your heart, Snoop, and let the haters hate. Full Review »