Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. This gem glistens with bumpin' hits by Nelly, Clipse, Snoop Dogg and others.
  2. Uncut
    90
    This is berserk, this is brilliant, this is now. [Nov 2003, p.107]
  3. Its many high points and its sheer diversity (think of it as the ultimate pre-assembled mix tape) are enough to gloss over any minor transgressions.
  4. What happens in The Neptunes Present... Clones is that Pharrell, Chad and co. say “look what we can do”, and then proceed to show us that they can do nearly everything.
  5. With appearances from most of the big-name rappers and wall-to-wall Neptunes beats, this should be the world's greatest hip-hop compilation -- and much of the time it is.
  6. Somewhat embarrassingly for Hugo and Williams, the rock tracks--which they didn't produce--rank among the album's highlights. It should be noted, however, that The Neptunes' usual fine work and inspired turns from acts like Clipse and the deranged Dirt McGirt ensure that hip-hop highlights also abound.
  7. What Clones proves, beyond its certain hits, is that the Neptunes have to be considered alongside the handful of great artists (Bowie, Prince, et al) who kept pushing boundaries as they pushed up the charts.
  8. Ruthlessly, relentlessly refined, the surprise is that you don't get sick of what is, despite its surface changes, a fairly predictable formula. Rather, you want to hear it again. And again. And again.
  9. Blender
    80
    Clones feels at points like a candy store that carries only one brand--it's a damn good one, though. [#18, p.130]
  10. If anything, Clones puts an end to any thought that the duo randomly selects a track from their beat bank when collaborating, since it ably demonstrates how their skills can adapt to any conceivable personality.
  11. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    Seekers of weird and variegated musical kicks will certainly want to snap up Clones. [22/29 Aug 2003, p.130]
  12. When the Neptunes step out of their accepted hip-hop box, they find their greatest success.
  13. There are, admittedly, times when it looks like they're just showing off.
  14. 70
    The album is a tapestry of reggae, rock, jazz, gospel, and pop, loosely assembled on the duo’s signature bass-and-rim-shot skeleton.
  15. Mojo
    70
    Neptunes' grooves and collaborators score an impressive hit rate. [Sep 2003, p.111]
  16. 67
    It’s like a vacation slide show in which vivid memories turn hazy.
  17. Q Magazine
    60
    The lesser known shoo-ins often struggle. [Sep 2003, p.104]
  18. In the midst of all this Neptunian mastery, there are two absolutely unlistenable "rock" songs that no fan of modern productionist fervor could possibly stand listening to.
  19. An uneven album with moments of thunderous fun and more than a few flatlined missteps.
  20. Clones testifies to how familiar (and hollow) the Neptunes’ studio tricks have become.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. kelvinj
    Mar 8, 2005
    8
    the neptunes have once again produced a hit record only this time its for themselves. i think that the neptunes COULD have done alot better the neptunes have once again produced a hit record only this time its for themselves. i think that the neptunes COULD have done alot better because i have heard them do it. overall a good album. Full Review »
  2. Dan
    Mar 22, 2004
    10
    without question, the best in hip hop. best songs are w/ clipse, snoop, pharrell doing vocals
  3. nabeelb
    Feb 10, 2004
    10
    its an amazing album. bomb clot. it jus...... it blows my mind. smoke up and listen to track nine by snoop. its just to cool