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  • Summary: The debut solo studio release for the Odd Future rapper includes guest appearances from such guests as Domo Genesis, Mac Miller, Frank Ocean, RZA, Vince Staples, and Tyler, The Creator.
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Sunday
I know it don't seem difficult to hit you up But you not passionate about half the shit that you into, and I ain't havin' it And we both know that I... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Aug 22, 2013
    100
    This is knockabout punchline rap made into high art, a psychedelic visionquest to the taqueria on a skateboard.
  2. When listening to Doris, you're going to want to have lyrics nearby or else you're going to miss well over half of what's being said. It makes for an album that's hard to listen to without putting in some effort, but the results speak for themselves as Doris proves to be both a rewarding and engrossing listen, even if there are still a few kinks to be worked out.
  3. 80
    It’s a work as notable for its technical achievements as its nuanced themes, and that’s almost as impressive considering that so many artists lack in one or both of those fields.
  4. Aug 20, 2013
    80
    He's struggling to reconcile the unease of his past with the confusion of his present, but Doris proves that Earl's future is secure.
  5. Uncut
    Oct 10, 2013
    80
    A joy to listen to. [Nov 2013, p.69]
  6. Nov 26, 2013
    70
    Doris may not get the party started, but it's still an inspiring album.
  7. Aug 27, 2013
    58
    It often feels less like a finished work than a sketchbook, a jumble of beats and raps (about half of them from guests) with little in the way of hooks, choruses, or general songcraft to tie them together.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Aug 20, 2013
    10
    I originally thought that there was no way he could top his debut, but god damn was I wrong. This album, and the features on it, is aI originally thought that there was no way he could top his debut, but god damn was I wrong. This album, and the features on it, is a ridiculously strong, focused album. The beats are top notch and creative as always, the flows, and lyrical prowess of Earl has not dulled one bit since his trip to Samoa. Although his voice has deepened quite a bit it's still as raw and careless as ever. Top rap album this year. Expand
  2. Aug 23, 2013
    10
    Great lyrics, Great production, Great features. What else is there to say for an amazing album like this. Doris is more than great and fansGreat lyrics, Great production, Great features. What else is there to say for an amazing album like this. Doris is more than great and fans will get there money's worth buying this. Expand
  3. Aug 20, 2013
    10
    Earl Sweatshirt's Doris is by far the best hip hop album to be released this year and even one of the finest albums to be released this yearEarl Sweatshirt's Doris is by far the best hip hop album to be released this year and even one of the finest albums to be released this year as well. Earl's lyrical ability is more top notch than ever! With some of the best production from The Neptunes and RZA and special features from fellow Odd Future Members: Domo Genesis, Frank Ocean & Tyler, The Creator including Vince Staples, Mac Miller & Casey Veggies. Doris is definitely the album Earl fans have been waiting for and after listening will be begging for more and will forget Earl's debut in 2010. Expand
  4. Oct 7, 2013
    9
    Lean and precise lines, layered with intricate rhymes that are more reminiscent of MF Doom at his fiercest. Production is highest quality,Lean and precise lines, layered with intricate rhymes that are more reminiscent of MF Doom at his fiercest. Production is highest quality, best of the year, at least, next to Yeezus, maybe. His storytelling writes volumes, and in sometimes, very few words. This debut will be a classic, not because of the legend that came before, but because it delivered quality when no one else would. Expand
  5. Aug 20, 2013
    8
    Earl is definitely one of the more talented OF members, and this project shows why Earl got so much attention back in 2010. It's incredible toEarl is definitely one of the more talented OF members, and this project shows why Earl got so much attention back in 2010. It's incredible to hear Earl rapping, and at his age, it's scary to think about how good he can get when he's discovering new technical abilities. The production on the album is rather simple, but fits well with Earl's fast and complex rhyme schemes.

    It seems earl knows very well that he's great at rapping, as 'Doris' is very anti-hook-ish (is that a term?). Overall, this is an incredible project from a kid who isn't even allowed to legally purchase alcohol.

    Best tracks, imo: Burgundy, Sunday, Chum, Molasses, Whoa.
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  6. Nov 5, 2013
    8
    [8.0] With a production somewhat similar to Channel Orange, captivating instrumentation, and incredible flow, Earl Sweatshirt makes a very[8.0] With a production somewhat similar to Channel Orange, captivating instrumentation, and incredible flow, Earl Sweatshirt makes a very memorable debut. It isn't too graphic, and it also doesn't spare any creativity. The middle of the album was a bit weaker, being much slower and duller than the rest, but it isn't anything not worth listening to. Impressive album, impressive artist, and definitely one of the better albums to come out of the Odd Future collective. Expand
  7. Aug 20, 2013
    4
    Overall, this is definitely one of the most boring albums I've listened to in a while. Earl dropped the ball hard. Throughout, he sounded likeOverall, this is definitely one of the most boring albums I've listened to in a while. Earl dropped the ball hard. Throughout, he sounded like he was bored or just woke up when he recorded the songs and he regularly got outperformed on songs by features. The production, however, is pretty good. Expand

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