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Universal acclaim- based on 251 Ratings

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  • Summary: Featuring the hit singles "B.O.B." and "Ms. Jackson," 'Stankonia' was a commercial and critical hit for the innovative Atlanta hip-hop duo of Dré and Big Boi.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. On their astonishing new Stankonia (LaFace/Arista), Outkast explore their own disappointment with hip-hop's self-satisfied acquisitiveness. But though it attacks the genre's tunnel vision, the album -- which takes its name from George Clinton's vision of funk as expressing the raw, unruly side of life -- does so with joy (and huge doses of absurdity) instead of with the polemics of Public Enemy.... Stankonia is among the most exciting albums of the year, not only because it brazenly addresses hip-hop's spiritual emptiness (other well-intentioned rappers have tried) but because it musically surpasses the most innovative work of street production dons like Swizz Beatz, Manny Fresh, and Timbaland. By offering something for both the mind and the ass, to borrow from George Clinton's slogan, Outkast, like Gang of Four and Funkadelic before them, make revolution you can dance to.
  2. There's more bounce-to-the-ounce and less molasses in the jams, more delight and less braggadocio in the raps.
  3. Stankonia reeks of artful ambition rendered with impeccable skill -- or as one song title so concisely has it, ''So Fresh, So Clean.''
  4. 90
    Stankonia leaves nothing to be desired as it is energized by Outkast's clever lyrics coupled with their cutting edge production, which is an expansive take on the original Atlanta sound.
  5. Outkast's fourth album, Stankonia, is a far more complex effort than the critically acclaimed Aquemini. While Aquemini dealt with Big Boi and Dre's -- the self-described "player and poet," respectively -- contradictory personalities, Stankonia addresses the contradictory impulses of hip-hop itself.
  6. Scattered among the jewels are shiny bits of glass that aren't as valuable as they might be.
  7. 70
    As the tracks shift from smooth R&B to frantic, drum machine driven beats, Outkast prove able to pull from a big enough bag of tricks as rappers to remain unpredictable. The problem is that they come out of it all without having left any defining mark on the songs. It's almost as if Stankonia would be more memorable if the duo stuck to one sound, one rhythm, and one train of lyrical thought.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 88
  2. Negative: 10 out of 88
  1. hiphop
    Aug 25, 2009
    10
    Outkast , still very original and funky.
  2. justinm.
    Mar 7, 2008
    10
    So fresh and so clean clean.
  3. loveformusic
    Jul 15, 2003
    10
    hot stuff
  4. Jun 24, 2014
    10
    Um dos melhores, senão o melhor álbum de hip hop da década de 2000, Stankonia é uma continuação dos álbuns de sucesso do fantástico grupoUm dos melhores, senão o melhor álbum de hip hop da década de 2000, Stankonia é uma continuação dos álbuns de sucesso do fantástico grupo Outkast, apresentado num criativo album, com batidas inovadoras e no estilo da dupla, mas com uma intensidade maior. Expand
  5. RaoulD
    Mar 6, 2003
    9
    The sad fact about most who hear this album _ fans and detractors _ is that they don't have a grasp of the intellectual irony dripping The sad fact about most who hear this album _ fans and detractors _ is that they don't have a grasp of the intellectual irony dripping from Stankonia. And therefore, sadly, they can't fully appreciate it. It is much more than just "dope" or "phat." Expand
  6. May 15, 2011
    9
    OF COURSE IT GETS A 9............................................................................................. its one of the best albumsOF COURSE IT GETS A 9............................................................................................. its one of the best albums of the decade Expand
  7. MusicLover
    Nov 18, 2002
    0
    How can such awful music get 96, that's a mistery to me

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