Songs - Rusko
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Apr 5, 2012
    81
    This is guilt-free bass bliss for a post-genre age.
  2. Apr 25, 2012
    80
    Superb. [May 2012, p.105]
  3. Mar 29, 2012
    80
    This is the perfect type of album for people who think dubstep is too singular and great proof that there are still possibilities for expansion in the genre.
  4. 80
    Dismiss his second album, Songs, only at your peril.
  5. Apr 11, 2012
    70
    A vibrant, dubbed-out dance album that rises above the wobble-obsessed rabble. [No.86, p.57]
  6. Mar 27, 2012
    70
    Even when the lowend gets a workout, as on "Asda Car Park" and "Opium," the tone is party-friendly rather than glowering--good news for pop fans, less so for Korn devotees.
  7. Apr 6, 2012
    67
    The main issue with Songs is that, for an album of "songs," there are too few pop cuts to work well as a whole. It's more of a pick-and-choose affair where the modern ability to fast-forward to your favorite musical moments, down to the second, is crucial.
  8. May 2, 2012
    60
    Mostly it's party music, pure and simple.
  9. Apr 17, 2012
    60
    Songs is solid when it sticks to what it knows best, the crisp beats, playful bass wobbles and shuddering tempo. His commercial experimentations are still hit and miss, enough hit to make these departures worthwhile, but also enough miss to make you wonder if Rusko is out of his comfort zone when he branches out.
  10. 60
    Songs does not kill Rusko's brostep monster. It just drastically smooths out the edges and makes it a bit more ready for popular consumption.
  11. Mar 28, 2012
    50
    The album is still very much a tale of two cities: for every half-baked wobbly anthem that the rooster-haired cockney thug has in his pocket he still manages to surprise with an occasional outburst of borderline genius.
  12. Mar 27, 2012
    50
    As a complete album [it] lacks any depth or cogency.
  13. Apr 26, 2012
    40
    He seems stuck between self-consciously chasing mainstream pop crossover and some underground ideal, and pulls off neither.
  14. Mar 28, 2012
    40
    There may be arguments for Rusko's moves here; it's just that they're not very well executed.
  15. Mar 27, 2012
    40
    Although Songs feels consistently summery, it lacks coherence: the diverse elements don't completely gel.
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  1. May 13, 2012
    6
    Rusko on latest publication - "Songs" presents thirteen dubstep compositions drawing from among others D'n'B. However, not all the songsRusko on latest publication - "Songs" presents thirteen dubstep compositions drawing from among others D'n'B. However, not all the songs present a good level - there are too much loops messing around the main axis or repeating over and over again the same themes - what can be seen even in the "Somebody To Love". Fortunately songs like "Skanker" or a simple by construction "Opium" save release. Full Review »