Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Mar 12, 2012
    91
    For listeners ready to let go of expectations and embark on a musical ride, the journey will be well worth it.
  2. 83
    Nneka give weighty topics--think faith and family--a soulful effervescence. [2 Mar 2012, p.73]
  3. Mar 22, 2012
    80
    Occasionally, it feels like she's trying a little too hard to reach American ears, but she balances the conservative neo-soul vibes with just enough hard left turns to keep listeners on their toes.
  4. Feb 29, 2012
    80
    Throughout, Nneka's singing and rapping are inspired and deeply felt.
  5. Feb 29, 2012
    72
    Even as Soul is Heavy struggles to balance the earthy and the abstract, Nneka's vocals prevent the album from curdling into run-of-the-mill radio r&b.
  6. Mar 27, 2012
    70
    It's good to hear a new album that brims both with strong opinions and great pop songs, often at the same time.
  7. Mar 15, 2012
    67
    At 15 tracks, Soul's tautness sometimes suffers, but Nneka makes her heavy-lifting sound first-rate virtually all the time.
  8. Mar 8, 2012
    60
    There is much to recommend in Nneka's third album, though if it was slightly shorter it could be considered a great album rather than merely a good one.
  9. Feb 29, 2012
    60
    This is urban-global rather than world music. [Mar 2012, p.92]
  10. Apr 2, 2012
    40
    The songs themselves, delivered via polished neo-soul and roots-reggae arrangements, seldom push beyond the retro comfort zone. [Apr 2012, p.98]

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