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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 2 out of 13

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  1. NJR
    Mar 22, 2011
    9
    3 out of 3, credit where credit is due, the guys a beast! Probably his most focused work yet, the production suited the themes of the album perfectly and his rhyming....well is it ever anything less than sublime? Since the first Organized Konfusion LP this dude has been in my list of top MC's and to be honest, I think he always will be.
  2. Apr 12, 2011
    9
    A truely great rap album. Pharoahe demonstrates his lyrical ability and shows he has real talent, and hopefully staying power in hip-hop. With great sounds mixed in the unique songs and reputable accomplices on the album, this one is a gem.
  3. Mar 23, 2011
    9
    If you're into Queen's Bridge style/NYC Underground hip-hop, Pharoahe Monch's new album, W.A.R., is going to be a refreshing break from the Y.M.C.M. overrun airwaves. Pharoahe recalls the breaks, thoughtful lyrics, and energy that made his now old Organized Konfusion such a break out album. In a time where folks are more likely to download the singles and ignore the album, W.A.R. stands to be listened to from beginning to end to really appreciate what has happened on it...which is a top notch drop. Expand
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77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Dec 7, 2011
    80
    This strong, satisfying, often stunning third release proves he can deliver the goods.
  2. Aug 4, 2011
    70
    W.A.R. is only his third project in over ten years. If you're going to pursue quality over quantity you better deliver quality, and thankfully W.A.R. is nothing but quality.
  3. Jun 9, 2011
    60
    Undoubtedly ambitious, drawing on soul, jazz and squalling rock, the best moments keep the focus on Monche's own voice, with Shine's radical poetry reminiscent of veteran firebrands The Last Poets. [May 2011, p.112]