Okayplayer's Scores

  • Music
For 148 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 96% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 3% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 12.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 84
Highest review score: 98 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Lowest review score: 50 Beaus$eros
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 148
148 music reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    All things considered, Young Krizzle delivers.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Overall this will be a very divisive record for people: fans of non-traditional hip hop and abstract lyricism will love this record, fans of more mainstream sounding hip hop who enjoy flow and deliveries will probably not enjoy it as much.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Once again, he masterfully conveys his understanding of the free jazz form, and yet never duplicates his father in the least. In fact, Spirit Fiction may just be his most forward-thinking album thus far.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    So Ritual Union may not be a perfect album, but it is charming, intriguing and rewarding enough to ensure that you'll overlook any flaws and keep coming back to give it another spin. And that's something very special indeed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    He proves every time he's on stage and across this wonderful LP...he's got it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His inexhaustible penmanship coaxes listeners to further sink their ears to the album's abyss, a pull that's hard to defy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The sheer ferocity of Monch's rhyming is more than enough to bridge any gaps and plow through any detours.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The Man with the Iron Fists soundtrack is certainly an adequate companion piece to the film, and will likely earn a spot in the collection of most Wu diehards. Still, it feels like a missed opportunity for a grand musical statement to further bolster the Wu-Tang legacy as it makes its transition to the silver screen.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    While the project may not rack up repeat spins for most listeners, the sheer boldness will certainly hold attention whenever it does land in the deck.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Bailey Rae's The Love EP is a short, but great listen with some of the finest love songs ever written.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's not a perfect album, nor is it always easy listening, but its imperfections make it even more of a human album from a rapper who's at its best at his most personal.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Vodka & Ayahuasca is a salute to no-bullshit hip-hop done right.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Enjoyment of Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them will probably be directly correlated to the listener's ability to separate it from Below the Heavens. That in itself is a testament to the talent of the two artists involved, who have more than any flowers that come their way.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Coming off the digital releases of Funk Man, and Automatik Statik comes Golden Era, the last third of the trilogy, which is, frankly, more of the same. But with Del, that's a good thing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Just as the two's previous solo projects, the music will probably not sit well with most hip-hop heads, but it's the perfect LP for each of their respective fan base.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    21
    There's not a slacker in the bunch on 21, which is hard enough for many an artist to pull off at 31 – or even 51 – much less at an age when they're still too young to rent a car on their own
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Perhaps his greatest achievement here lies in the construction, an LP that balances the rappers with the beats into a seamless record.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It's all about the beats here. And they don't disappoint, nor do they let up, for the duration of the album.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The album is certainly worth a spin for any music enthusiast who wants to further expand their already-eclectic listening tastes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This time however they gave us a good album, something pleasant, different and raw to vibe on. Definitely give this a spin.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Defamation is one of those records that's just too easy to love; its best moments are simply undeniable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Like her fellow countrywomen, Is Your Love Big Enough? has a core of strong songwriting that helps La Havas elbow her way into a field packed with talented women drawing from the deep well of American soul.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Their conversational deliveries and every man personas, cultivated in the often self-effacing world of blog rap sometimes feel small atop sparse, up tempo production clearly inspired by the late '80s when larger than life mic controllers brought the color to often minimalist canvases.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Simply put, tMTMTMK is what music sounds like when it works.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The band is tight, the tunes are fine, and Ebo himself is on good form. But in general it simply lacks the power of his earlier material.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As an album, there is nothing Aaron Neville is offering in these remakes that would make anyone want to listen to his versions instead of the originals. Therefore the album falls flat, and comes across as a well executed, but arbitrary project, from a legend.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall Killer Mike and Pl3dge is focused, hard hitting, a little pissed off at the way things are, and overall a breath of fresh air.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's a project more likely to fit comfortably into what will likely grow into a large and varied discography than deliver instant lightning in a bottle.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Folila fits right into that legacy, while managing to expand it just a little further.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Glasper managed to create a beautiful album from start to finish that will easily be added into conversations with greats like John Coltrane's Blue Train.