Timez Are Weird These Days

  • Record Label: Reprise
  • Release Date: Jul 19, 2011
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
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  1. Timez Are Weird These Days is the perfect example of what London is capable of, snatching elements of popular music from across the decades to create a sound that's both nostalgic and refreshing.
  2. 83
    Timez Are Weird These Dayz feels like a welcome cool breeze in sweltering mid summer.
  3. Jul 21, 2011
    73
    Unlike the legends of BK past, London doesn't riff on drugs and housing projects, which in and of itself earns him a fair shot. He may be redefining what it means to be a rapper in the 21st century, but it wouldn't hurt if he practiced more rules of the game before changing it.
  4. Jun 28, 2012
    70
    As far as remix albums go, however, it's a very, very good one, and for London fans, that should be more than enough to warrant purchasing.
  5. Sep 21, 2011
    70
    On paper, everything about Timez Are Weird These Days lends itself to an ostentatious dose of elite, Hoxtonite posturing. But there's substance beneath the style, a welcome human quality to withstand the opulent demi-house compositions.
  6. Aug 4, 2011
    70
    There's just no contemporary precedent for music like this. And that might just be the best sign of all.
  7. 70
    Nothing, be it labels or names or even time itself, can hold Theophilus London back from making great music.
  8. Jul 19, 2011
    70
    The disc comes off as a finely crafted pop pastiche rather than an innovative breakthrough.
  9. Jul 18, 2011
    70
    Timez Are Hard These Days is low-culture pulp with an unrealistic sense of its own sophistication.
  10. Jul 21, 2011
    66
    By album's end, the anthems will have you romping well into the next decade.
  11. It may not be game-changing and it'll be slaughtered by those who have a hatred of hipsters/fun. But it's harmless entertainment, and London gets full marks for what he's best at--experimentation.
  12. 60
    It's the same throughout, London relying on charm over content. But, in fairness, he makes it more fun than most.
  13. Jul 28, 2011
    60
    Deep, wobbly bass, twinkling synths, crisp programmed drums and esoteric guest spots by Holly Miranda and Tegan and Sara's Sara Quin seem crafted with blogs in mind, ensuring the album's freshness in the moment but leaving it vulnerable once the hype dies down.
  14. Jul 19, 2011
    60
    The 23-year-old Trinidad- born Brooklyn MC's neo-retro hip-hop mashes up TV on the Radio's vocal cadences, old-school break-dance beats and the forlorn melodic tug of a Smiths fan (he dropped This Charming Mixtape in 2009).
  15. Aug 9, 2011
    58
    For those who can look past the shallowness of London's re-imagining of the rap fantasy for the American Apparel set, there are some real party-starters here, including two that make clever use of guest singers.
  16. Jul 15, 2011
    50
    With contributions from various of-the-moment producers (TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, Santigold's John Hill), the Brooklyn boho's major-label debut is a painfully hip slice of style-mag electro-soul.
  17. Oct 4, 2011
    40
    The way London transcends genres and creates a blend between hip-hop and post-rock is certainly commendable, but there's nothing here that we haven't heard from TV on the Radio to save this album from sounding just a little bit silly.
  18. Sep 30, 2011
    40
    Some songs sound like Fleetwood Mac, others could have fallen off the back of a Basement Jaxx album, while hints of David Guetta and Mark Ronson appear throughout.
  19. Jul 21, 2011
    40
    London is far more charming when he's given some space and sings, as he does very sweetly in the chorus of "Why Even Try," featuring Tegan & Sara's Sara Quin. Those moments are scant.
  20. Sep 12, 2011
    30
    What stands out are shallow hooks ("I Stand Alone"), disjointed memoirs ("Love Is Real"), and the painful lyrical repetition of "Girls Girls $" littering a nightclub-ready canvas. "Stop It."
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 21, 2011
    10
    This is a great CD that inspirational and easy to listen to. London did a nice job on this project and I have to recognize him for it. NiceThis is a great CD that inspirational and easy to listen to. London did a nice job on this project and I have to recognize him for it. Nice Cd.

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