Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors

  • Record Label: Def Jam
  • Release Date: Dec 11, 2012

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. Dec 18, 2012
    It's unfortunate that Vicious Lies has come out after everyone has finished compiling their year-end lists, but it's already a contender for best record of 2013.
  2. 91
    He makes like the great funk weirdos of yesteryear, plunging his purple psychedelic prose beneath creamy seas of keyboard, two-stepping funk, and indie flotsam.
  3. Jan 29, 2013
    Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors has a much more electronic feel to it, with a plethora of synthesizers. The brassy street thump of past Big Boi releases is still present, it's just more centralized.
  4. Dec 13, 2012
    For two solo albums now Andre Patton has not merely proved that he's a capable solo artist, he's helping to redefine what a hip-hop album can sound like.
  5. Dec 11, 2012
    Big Boi might have already seen his career peak, but he certainly is at his most selfless, honest, and exploratory now.
  6. Dec 20, 2012
    It's really working out for him.
  7. Dec 13, 2012
    This isn't an immediate album. It's one that will take a few listens, but your patience will be rewarded.
  8. Dec 12, 2012
    Big Boi goes a long way in carving out an individual identity while still waving the Outkast flag.
  9. Dec 12, 2012
    With his latest effort, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, the 37-year-old Dungeon Family elite again tackles fresh sonic landscapes while remaining nimble with verbal wizardry.
  10. Dec 11, 2012
    Bringing these new jacks together in harmony is impressive enough; the ease with which Big Boi insinuates his smack-talking, game-kicking self into their midst, even more so.
  11. Dec 10, 2012
    Even in Outkast, Big Boi was never merely a macho cartoon; now, he's revealing he's a grown-up.
  12. Dec 10, 2012
    General Patton walks a fine line between putting his troop of featured artists in their place, while still showcasing his own five star pedigree.
  13. Dec 10, 2012
    Vicious Lies may not be revolutionary in its sonic palette, but the very excellence of the music on its own merits seems like an industry bellwether, the ante upped on production expectations going forward.
  14. Dec 10, 2012
    Fascinating speed-bumps aside, it's a mission still very much accomplished.
  15. Uncut
    Feb 4, 2013
    It's not as scintillating as we've come to expect from the OutKast camp, but plenty of fun nonetheless. [Mar 2013, p.67]
  16. Jan 30, 2013
    Despite the heterogeneous nature of the album as a whole, Patton is never out of his depth, even when paired with unusual collaborators.
  17. Dec 18, 2012
    Despite its excesses and missteps, the album gives Big Boi room to be Big Boi.
  18. Dec 13, 2012
    Some may bemoan the "been here, done that" vibes that invariably come with a sequel album such as this one, but so be it: we're still left with one of the most fascinating, surprising, and entertaining rap albums you're going to hear all year.
  19. 70
    With Lies, Patton doesn't merely get weirder; he pushes the weirdness in a different direction, turning down the club bombast and horns of Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty in favor of electronica dreamscapes courtesy of indie acts such as Little Dragon and Phantogram.
  20. Dec 13, 2012
    Vicious Lies isn't a bad album by any means, but it suffers when held up to the expectations of the past.
  21. Dec 10, 2012
    Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is on the one hand a genre-busting statement of artistic restlessness but it's also a mess.
  22. Q Magazine
    Jan 24, 2013
    While My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was anchored by Kanye's galactic ego, Big Boi often gets lost in the crowd. [Feb 2013, p.102]
  23. 60
    Curiously, it gets better as it goes on.
  24. Big Boi is the best thing about the album--and double props for staying true to his entire career's quest of never making the same album twice. But Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors as a whole? It's all over the place.
  25. Jan 3, 2013
    While Killer Mike, Jai Paul and Big KRIT all earn their places, Kelly Rowland, Kid Cudi and Bosco are unnecessary decoration, and contribute to the overall sensation that this is a good album in need of a brutal trim.
  26. Dec 20, 2012
    It feels rushed, like it needed more time for its many ingredients to blend.
  27. Dec 13, 2012
    The disparate guest list means the record lacks some cohesion, but Big Boi--ambitious, effusive and still a remarkably lithe rapper--holds it all together.
  28. Dec 13, 2012
    Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is much more compilation than album album, more than any of Big Boi's solo efforts to date.
  29. Dec 11, 2012
    Everything about this record is a shame: it explores new creative territory, the rhyming is solid and syntactically delightful (Big Boi's pronunciations are always more quotable than his lines), and it's a deserving outcast trying to make good as one-record-every-two-years lifer. And it simply does not work.
  30. Jan 8, 2013
    Without a single in sight, even by Outkast's loosey-goosey standards, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors feels like three or four different records surgically stitched together illicitly by some cross-eyed back alley quack.
  31. Dec 11, 2012
    In his quest to impress, Big Boi short-changes the street-level swagger that always kept his partner Andre 3000 here on Earth.
  32. Dec 10, 2012
    Big Boi adapts to the unfamiliar surroundings with little effort and often sounds comfortable, but the fusions are short on power.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Dec 12, 2012
    Once again General Patton proves that not only is he the most fun man in music, he is also the most open-minded. Big Boi is willing to playOnce again General Patton proves that not only is he the most fun man in music, he is also the most open-minded. Big Boi is willing to play with any sounds, old or new, and it shows. From the Princesque pop ditty 'Mama Told Me' (featuring a sexy-sounding Kelly Rowland) to the straight-up Dirty South banger 'In the A', and more the more electronic numbers 'Objectum Sexuality' and 'Lines' - both featuring Phantogram - there's something for everyone here. But rather than catering to all tastes with three or four songs, Patton succeeds in making a mockery of genres and scenes. Which is to say that this album is just as approachable for a tight-jeaned indie scenester as it is an 80s funk or hip-hop diehard, or a present-day pop and R'n'B devotee.

    There is absolutely no filler here whatsoever, but perhaps the most intriguing cut of all is 'Shoes for Running', a collaboration with Wavves and the oft-derided B.o.B, who rides the choppy guitars which separate the anthemic, chanty-indie verses with ease. As any hip-hop-head will tell you, Big Boi's 2010 effort 'Sir Lucious Left Foot' was easily the album of its year, and 'Vicious Lies' is mounting a serious if last-ditch challenge for this year's award. Stunning stuff.
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  2. Jan 4, 2013
    VL&DR is an uneven hipster rap album that attempts to achieve above and beyond Big Boi's capabilities. While his partner Andre 3000 may beVL&DR is an uneven hipster rap album that attempts to achieve above and beyond Big Boi's capabilities. While his partner Andre 3000 may be able to pull off weirdness well, Big Boi, unfortunately, cannot and often fails to leave a lasting impression with songs that seem almost amateurish. Thankfully, the highs outweigh the lows, with songs like, "The Thickets", the Janelle Monae-esque jam, "Apple of My Eye", "She Hates Me", "CPU", "Mama Told Me", "Lines", and "Tremendous Damage," being standouts. Full Review »
  3. Dec 12, 2012
    Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors takes you to many places