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8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 1183 Ratings

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  1. Sep 10, 2016
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    I'm trying to understand what he was aiming for with this album. When I listen to it I feel as though I'm on a bad emotional acid trip. There's not a single song on the album that makes sense to me. Every song is slow, his voice is distorted for most of the tracks, and it gives a feeling of being intoxicated. It's unfortunate that we've waited so long for this. I guess that goes to showI'm trying to understand what he was aiming for with this album. When I listen to it I feel as though I'm on a bad emotional acid trip. There's not a single song on the album that makes sense to me. Every song is slow, his voice is distorted for most of the tracks, and it gives a feeling of being intoxicated. It's unfortunate that we've waited so long for this. I guess that goes to show you can't rush art. Expand
  2. Dec 5, 2016
    1
    I'm legitimately baffled at how this is getting such good reviews. To me, this is just another album in an annoying trend of pretentious minimalist R&B/soul albums with 17+ tracks and a handful of minute long spoken word excursions that add nothing of value. There really aren't any songs on here, just a bunch of meandering and rambling. I was really hoping I would enjoy this album afterI'm legitimately baffled at how this is getting such good reviews. To me, this is just another album in an annoying trend of pretentious minimalist R&B/soul albums with 17+ tracks and a handful of minute long spoken word excursions that add nothing of value. There really aren't any songs on here, just a bunch of meandering and rambling. I was really hoping I would enjoy this album after seeing the awesome reviews, but I am utterly confused how anyone can enjoy this mess. Expand
  3. Aug 28, 2016
    0
    Compared to other great albums released this year, I seriously don't find this one impressive. I tried listening it in full many times, but I simply can't.
  4. Oct 21, 2016
    0
    There is something I am not getting here. This is music? Where are songs like Novocain or Swim Good??This feels like a long boring monologue. SOLO yo! 4 points for what I am not getting.
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87

Universal acclaim - based on 38 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 37 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. The Wire
    Nov 8, 2016
    80
    The sum is Ocean’s most thorough reading of his world to date. [Oct 2016, p.65]
  2. Magnet
    Oct 18, 2016
    90
    This is an album of mostly beatless soul whose heart nevertheless pumps vividly and loudly throughout its 17 tracks. [No. 136, p.61]
  3. 80
    This is music that fascinates on first listen but requires multiple spins for its complexities and idiosyncrasies to take hold.