• Record Label: DGC
  • Release Date: Aug 23, 2011
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Aug 23, 2011
    88
    The R.E.D. Album orbits around contradictions like that. It might be the most compelling portrait of confusion we'll hear from a rapper this year.
  2. Aug 25, 2011
    80
    If there had been some big singles, fewer guests and more of Jayceon being himself, this could well have been a real classic.
  3. Aug 23, 2011
    80
    There's no doubt about it, there's greatness lurking in Game, and in R.E.D. Album. Let's just hope that from here on out he'll find the consistency he needs to truly claim that greatness.
  4. Aug 22, 2011
    80
    Dre's short, spoken bits end up the only speed bumps during all these twists and turns, and when you're complaining about interludes instead of the overall attitude of a Game album, you've got an obsession-free, almost relatable success that sacrifices none of the man's fire or skill.
  5. Aug 22, 2011
    80
    Despite its delay, it's by no means a swan song, contractually and musically. R.E.D. is a lot of many things, only adding to the anticipation already for Game's final offering to Interscope.
  6. 70
    The R.E.D. Album should be enough to have fans' fingers crossed in hopes that he sticks around for more than that.
  7. Aug 23, 2011
    70
    By working with producers like 1500 or Nuthin, Cool & Dre, Boi 1da, and even New York's DJ Premier, The Game shows a willingness to reinvent himself with some beats that are as penetrating and resourceful as his engaging rhymes filled with sports and pop-culture references.
  8. Aug 22, 2011
    70
    Overall, The R.E.D. Album stands as a solid return for its maker, as long-time listeners will connect with his no-frills lyrics and unsettling artistic demeanour.
  9. With this mixed bag he's likely cemented his reputation as a MC that was blessed with a sack of classic beats for his debut, now just a rapper like the rest of 'em.
  10. Aug 22, 2011
    60
    The profusion of guests and mania for exhibiting street hardness sometimes makes The R.E.D. Album feel unfocused and exhausting.
  11. Aug 30, 2011
    50
    Throughout The R.E.D. Album, he runs himself ragged trying to realize the masterpiece he pictures in his head, but he just doesn't have the coordination to pull it off.
  12. Aug 26, 2011
    50
    A lot of what initially made Game an intriguing artist is missing from this release, replaced instead by fleeting moments of great music and extended periods of mediocrity or whackness.
  13. Aug 29, 2011
    48
    The R.E.D. Album will likely fade into obscurity immediately upon arrival, but if it doesn't raise some eyebrows around major label offices, then this is a failure of not just one person, but also of an entire industry.
  14. Sep 1, 2011
    40
    The features wouldn't be so bad if Game didn't yield to the wattage and personalities of his co-stars. (Again, he can rap when he tries.) Used as a constant crutch, however, they quell his ferocity.
  15. Aug 30, 2011
    40
    It's proof that, just when you least expect it, he can still rage compellingly.
  16. Aug 22, 2011
    40
    When there is a firm hand reining him in, Game can still make good rap music. Left to his own devices, however, he produces a dismaying mess.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Aug 23, 2011
    10
    Give me a 2011 album better than this? This is the greatest album of the year. Critics can hate, but true fans know good music when they seeGive me a 2011 album better than this? This is the greatest album of the year. Critics can hate, but true fans know good music when they see it. Game...is...back! Full Review »
  2. Aug 23, 2011
    10
    Great production, great lyrics, great songs, great album.

    Game brings fire on all aspects, he boasts one of the best voices in hip hop and he
    Great production, great lyrics, great songs, great album.

    Game brings fire on all aspects, he boasts one of the best voices in hip hop and he certainly holds his own on every track. Well worth the purchase, a very interesting and colourful listen.
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  3. Aug 23, 2011
    10
    Amazing album. Don't see how you can dislike it. Definitely better than the Documentary and very much anticipated and well received, to me atAmazing album. Don't see how you can dislike it. Definitely better than the Documentary and very much anticipated and well received, to me at least. It has the best production, amazing lyricism, and the substance to last. Game just made his second classic! Full Review »