Strange Clouds

  • Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: May 1, 2012
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
Buy On
  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 8, 2012
    80
    The [album] is exuberant and enthusiastic, and its architect bops along with an unapologetically clean-cut strut.
  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 1, 2012
    80
    Strange Clouds is a sophomore album that straddles genre lines but does so with an authenticity that many rappers testing the pop waters lack.
  5. May 1, 2012
    80
    B.o.B.'s sophomore record shows he is one of the top hit-makers in contemporary pop.
  6. May 8, 2012
    75
    Despite the superficial trappings of Strange Clouds his talent still breaks through the atmospheric turbulence and shines down on the listener.
  7. 70
    The misplaced agendas piercing Strange Clouds are minor hindrances to an otherwise creditable album that has enough juice to maintain significant staying power.
  8. 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.
  9. May 2, 2012
    70
    This is bold pop-rap at an "Arena" level, and while partying like a rock star means cohesiveness takes a hit, Strange Clouds is still thrilling and persuasive.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  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 withI 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 . Full Review »
  2. May 6, 2012
    10
    Great album all around. This could be perceived as "please all" if somebody only thought that people are physically aloud to make differentGreat album all around. This could be perceived as "please all" if somebody only thought that people are physically aloud to make different genres. From Castles to Out of My Mind to Arenas this album fails to disappoint Full Review »
  3. May 4, 2012
    0
    This is one of the corniest artists in hip-hop, and there are definitely a lot of cornballs. To make things even worse B.o.B. gets otherThis is one of the corniest artists in hip-hop, and there are definitely a lot of cornballs. To make things even worse B.o.B. gets other cornballs on this album such as Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and T.I. This album is what you get when you mix up a bunch of different genres, and the execution of each and every genre is s***. Full Review »