Right About Now

  • Record Label: Koch
  • Release Date: Nov 22, 2005
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Right About Now is a pleasure when it's taken for what it is: not a big statement or a fully polished work of art, but a collection of what could have been and might be.
  2. Stocked with leftovers and ornery jabs at the status quo.
  3. Kweli's slight charisma deficiency is tempered by collabos with MF Doom and Jean Grae, although the Black Star reunion with Mos Def ("Supreme, Supreme") adds little to their legacy.
  4. Fans looking for a return to the focus and cohesion of Black Star and Reflection Eternal will have to keep waiting.
  5. Spin
    75
    His agile attack still lacks Jigga's precision, 50's swagger, or Kanye's cocky confessionalism. [Jan 2006, p.92]
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    58
    Seems like this MC's best days may be right about then. [2 Dec 2005, p.83]
  7. It's highlighted by an invigorated Kweli who's back to his old sound-bombing ways.
  8. Blender
    60
    Kweli expends most of his considerable lyrical talent touting his considerable lyrical talent. [Jan/Feb 2006, p.94]
  9. Billboard
    60
    Leans more toward conscious than commercial. [26 Nov 2005]
  10. Standing out might be the biggest obstacle facing the bulk of Right About Now's 12 tracks. It's significantly shorter than Kweli's best album, Train of Thought, but has far fewer shifts in sound or mood to keep it interesting.
  11. Los Angeles Times
    75
    Another strong batch of songs that are as entertaining as they are thought-provoking. [6 Dec 2005]
  12. Urb
    80
    A quick dozen tunes happily unconcerned with mass appeal. [Jan/Feb 2006, p.95]
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Thomas
    Jun 25, 2006
    7
    Good album. I didn't like beautiful struggle so much and except of "The Blast" reflection eternal wasn't so special either. This Good album. I didn't like beautiful struggle so much and except of "The Blast" reflection eternal wasn't so special either. This album has some good power songs. Check out "Blackstar" with DJ Hi-Tek for some more excellent work. Full Review »
  2. BeeBee
    Feb 24, 2006
    5
    Anyone want a great Kweli album should get "Reflection Eternal" w/ DJ Hi-Tek or his stint in Blackstar. The rest are quite dissapointing. Anyone want a great Kweli album should get "Reflection Eternal" w/ DJ Hi-Tek or his stint in Blackstar. The rest are quite dissapointing. Just a little advice for Y'all Pimps. Full Review »
  3. TheHams
    Feb 14, 2006
    8
    Good, but not great. The album starts out strong. The middle is pretty good. But the last 3 songs are absolute stinkers.