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  • Summary: The second album for rapper B.o.B. features guest appearances from Morgan Freeman, Taylor Swift, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Ryan Tedder, Trey Songz, and T.I.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. 91
    Though Clouds occasionally overstretches (see the eye-rolling high school yearbook fodder "Just a Sign"), B.o.B's confidence serves him well; the fact that he can funnel all that pop froth and still go toe-to-toe with scene-stealer Minaj on the blippy "Out of My Mind" is impressive testament to his infectious, unflappable cool.
  2. May 1, 2012
    80
    B.o.B.'s sophomore record shows he is one of the top hit-makers in contemporary pop.
  3. May 3, 2012
    80
    Strange Clouds isn't perhaps as thrilling as Adventures, mostly because the thrill of the unknown is gone, but B.o.B.'s second album is superior in almost every respect.
  4. May 4, 2012
    70
    He's blessed with a gift for clear language, rarely missing his point and delivering his thoughtful lines with flinty disdain.
  5. Aug 22, 2012
    60
    Although much of the album is a gumbo of music industry A-listers, there are enough solo gems to show how much more talented than the average Bobby Ray really is. [#252, p.88]
  6. May 1, 2012
    60
    In his heated drawl, his lovely singing, his producing and guitar- and piano-playing, B.o.B shows off a vast talent. But when the record ends, you just want to hear the Dr. Luke beats again.
  7. Focus-grouped, paranoid and please-all.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. May 14, 2012
    10
    I waited for around four months for this album and it was worth the wait . But for the negative reviewers, I think they've got a problem with Bobby Ray with complaining about hardship in stardom like Drake. But he's not getting overboard like Eminem who ended up dissing his mom, his ex wife Kim, and other artists. The music sounds professional, something different . His music has different ideas that other rappers or hip hop artists won't use.(Excluding Kanye West) As a rapper, B.o.B is still stepping up his game. For the songs, you just got to hear the whole thing. I list this as one of the albums which require careful attention. Anyway B.o.B , I understand what you are trying to produce. If you are reading this, thank you your attention . Expand
  2. May 4, 2012
    10
    i honestly think this is a great album. And it is a modern hip hop album with pop sensibilities. Everybody can listen to. It has strong influences from pop and every song sounds different and fresh. He is not afraid to cross boundaries rappers dont normally do. And his creativity on this album was great. Every song is listenable Expand
  3. May 6, 2012
    10
    B.o.B is one of the most diverse, best artists around right now and there isnt a single one that deserves to be mainstream as much as he does. Damn bobby ray done come a mighty long way. Expand
  4. Sep 30, 2012
    8
    Bombs Away - 10/10 A really strong entrance to the album with heavy synths but I was hoping Morgan Freeman would break into a freestyle rap

    Ray Bands - 9/10 A strong follow up, a bit of a **** song but still catchy

    So hard to breathe 7/10 Maybe outstays it's welcome, and goes on a bit, but it's a nice song to chill to

    Both Of Us - 9/10 another strong inspirational song with assistance from Taylor Swift's nice vocals

    Strange Clouds - 10/10 If you're feeling epic and pumped and ready to kick a** in whatever you do, then this a good song

    So Good - 10/10 It's not about girls at the club with massive a**, this girl's intelligent, it's nice to hear songs not about h**s and b*****s, but about decent people

    Play For Keeps 7/10 - he steps into an experimental zone here, does it really pull off, I'm not reall sure

    Arena - 8.5/10 - Chris Brown's vocals really stands out in the song

    Out Of My Mind - 4/10 - Massive let down, not helped by Nicki Minaj's poor rap

    Never Let You Go - 9/10 - It's a sweet love song, and an airy refreshing sound

    Chandelier - 8/10 - It's nice, if overlong

    Circles - 6/10 - It's doesn't really go anywhere, but it's by no means bad

    Just A Sign - 9/10 really nice strong song to chill to

    Castles - 10/10 I love this song because it's sang like it loves me back

    Where Are You - 10/10 - It addresses all the problems of selling out fully, and yet still keeps it's humanity

    In this album, apart from a few slip ups, B.o.B goes on to prove that he can hold a high standard, for many moods, from pumped up to cooling down, this album goes onto prove that it's not all gangsta or all depressed, that you can fuse many tracks and moods together and still pull it off
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  5. Jul 21, 2012
    8
    Not perfect, but I really like this album. Every song has good replay value and though I'm not usually a pop rap fan at all, this is one of the very few that I did enjoy. Expand
  6. Aug 3, 2012
    4
    It sounds like B.o.B. is trying to rely on lyrics that are supposed to get you thinking, but all I could think of was how corny the album was. The album is boring and has no replay value. A message that appears constantly on the album is how he has some inner struggle with "selling out" and that he doesn't want to put money or fame over his integrity for the music... but it seems like he already has. Songs like "Out of my mind" really prove that point. The songs that do have the "I don't want to sell out" message... just don't sound very good. The production on those songs is basic and cheesy.

    Not a good album at all.
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  7. May 3, 2012
    0
    Not wat i was looking for BOB his first album is better than this one and his 1st sucks so much bob isnt fit for this industry he should hang up the mic and do sumthin hes good at Expand

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