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7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 45
  2. Negative: 3 out of 45

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  1. Dec 18, 2012
    9
    It's fun, it's clever, it's loud, it's funny. Not much negative stuff you could say about this if you've been into Big Boi for the long haul. There's also some heavy deep material in here and of course that rugged street audacity you need.
  2. Dec 11, 2012
    9
    Big Boi comes back from an amazing solo debut with an equally impressive album in its own right. He decided to switch things up for this one by experimenting with electronic and indie sounds, and it payed off. One of the most creative and unique rap albums of the year.
  3. Dec 12, 2012
    9
    This album is in my opinion, a success. The direction represents an overall industry trend towards psychedelic Hip-Hop. Old school fans of Biggie might be disappointed by this direction, but I really appreciate the variety of sonic exploration contained in this album. I'm impressed.
  4. Dec 12, 2012
    10
    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 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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  5. Dec 12, 2012
    9
    Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors takes you to many places
  6. Mar 1, 2013
    9
    Big Boi's new album 'Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors' is by far one of the best albums of 2013 In a time when so many albums and mix-tapes ain't worth the storage space on your device/hard-drive or the time it takes to steal it this album IS worth the $12.99 from itunes.
    When so many rappers are spitting nursery rhymes about their cash and how they're the "Only Ni#%a in First
    Class",its refreshing to hear some grown up rapping with a great assortment of beat styles to match.
    Funky joints like Raspberries ,Shoes for Running and CPU,make me think his music is heading in the right direction,originality at its best!

    Get it ,you won't be disappointed.

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    Now you know!
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Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Feb 4, 2013
    70
    It's not as scintillating as we've come to expect from the OutKast camp, but plenty of fun nonetheless. [Mar 2013, p.67]
  2. Jan 30, 2013
    70
    Despite the heterogeneous nature of the album as a whole, Patton is never out of his depth, even when paired with unusual collaborators.
  3. Jan 29, 2013
    90
    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.