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  • Summary: The sixth full-length studio release for the experimental electronic producer/rapper features guest appearances from Anderson Paak, George Clinton, Denzel Curry, Little Dragon, David Lynch, Shabazz Palaces, Solange, Thundercat, Tierra Whack, and Toro y Moi.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 100
    Highlights are everywhere if you give them time to reveal themselves.
  2. May 24, 2019
    85
    Even more than a Lynchian album, Flamagra is nothing if not a FlyLo album. As usual he lends himself to superlatives and clichés, the sign of a singular artist (there’s another) about whom there just aren’t that many descriptors.
  3. 83
    Flamagra isn’t the first Flying Lotus album that can be enjoyed from beginning to end, but it still feels special. There’s a unity among these songs that exude emotion, like the warm comfort provided by a flame.
  4. Mojo
    May 22, 2019
    80
    The album feels confessional, courageous. ... Yes it can be bleak as hell but Flamagra's artistic artistic triumphs are sublimely uplifting. [Jul 2019, p.92]
  5. May 24, 2019
    78
    Flamagra may not comprise nearly as elaborate a world as those that Lynch conjures, and it doesn’t push Ellison’s art forward in the same way that You’re Dead! did. But the afterlife is a hard act to follow, and in the light of that flame on the hill, Flamagra makes for an engaging way station.
  6. May 29, 2019
    70
    For someone who makes music so precise and demanding, this means that Flying Lotus’ latest album is a harder one to digest, and ultimately isn’t quite as essential as his previous.
  7. May 28, 2019
    40
    Flamagra is too considered, burdened, and what were once cosmic, mind-expanding polyrhythms come over as inconsequential and annoying.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jun 3, 2019
    10
    A fresh new comeback for Flying Lotus that takes a different turn.
    Maybe the songs don’t pull you in as much as his earlier albums did, but
    A fresh new comeback for Flying Lotus that takes a different turn.
    Maybe the songs don’t pull you in as much as his earlier albums did, but they make up for that in tunes that you can easily listen too and enjoy. Flying lotus makes excellent use of his featured guests and an array of drums, synths, and vocals for probably the best electronic album in 2019.
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  2. Jun 8, 2019
    10
    I don't think I have ever listened to an album that has kept me interested and invested in the project as a whole for so long. It's an hourI don't think I have ever listened to an album that has kept me interested and invested in the project as a whole for so long. It's an hour and 7 minutes long, but it felt more like 30 minutes - this project is a journey. Sure, there are some weird tracks. But I don't think that this is an album where you're supposed to listen to the tracks individually, you need to listen to the project as a whole. Expand
  3. Jun 29, 2019
    9
    The hero's journey told through music and sound. This album is about love and life and joy and sorrow. From the moment Fire is Coming reachesThe hero's journey told through music and sound. This album is about love and life and joy and sorrow. From the moment Fire is Coming reaches it's full intensity all the way to the dreamscape of Remind U is just perfect sequencing. This spot in the record hits me every time. Overall solid album and thought provoking as always from Flying Lotus. Absolutely loved it. Expand
  4. Jul 14, 2019
    8
    This is by far the most polished album by Flying Lotus, which might be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it. You canThis is by far the most polished album by Flying Lotus, which might be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it. You can definitely tell he's grown as a producer & has a clearer vision of where he's going sound-wise. The music is smoother & less meandering with less cacophony & the guests are top notch. There are well-known names like Solange & George Clinton as well as impressive newbies Tierra Whack & Denzel Curry.

    Highlights include: Heroes in a Half-Shell, Yellow Belly, Black Balloons Reprise, Fire Is Coming, Andromeda & Debbie Is Depressed. If you don't like this album after one listen, smoke a bowl & listen again. I suspect some of the negative reviews are from skeptical hipsters afraid of losing FlyLo to the pop culture machine, which I totally understand. But the album itself is great despite its young guests & polished sound. He may lose some hardcore older fans by going this direction but will gain many new ones in the process.
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  5. May 28, 2019
    4
    Well produced - yes. Interesting - maybe. Enjoyable listen - no. Probably least favourite of his albums in my personal opinion. The often highWell produced - yes. Interesting - maybe. Enjoyable listen - no. Probably least favourite of his albums in my personal opinion. The often high octane off-kilter beats don't satisfy like they used to. Feel somewhat repetitive when it's clearly not and old tracks making of feature. A great piece of music production with very talented musicians but somehow they are still fails to satisfy in an end-to-end listen Expand
  6. Aug 5, 2019
    3
    After sitting through this album for about 4-5 times, the only thing I feel is great emptiness. There are many tracks I found to be bland &After sitting through this album for about 4-5 times, the only thing I feel is great emptiness. There are many tracks I found to be bland & uninteresting and many songs just sound too radio-friendly and simple, “More” for instance. Artistically, this is not a progress for FlyLo at all.
    Flamagra was fun at first but I quickly lost interest. It lacks the eccentric, experimental characteristics & the otherworldly atmosphere that made Cosmogramma, L.A. & Until the Quiet Comes extrordinary records. In comparison to these albums, Flamagra sounds like a bad joke.

    Good: Post Requisite, Burning Down the House, Black Balloons Reprise, Fire Is Coming, Pygmy, Thank U Malcolm

    Ok: Heroes, Pilgrim Side Eye, Remind U, Land of Honey, Andromeda, Actually Virtual

    Meh: Capillaries, Takashi, Heroes in a Half Shell, Inside Your Home, Yellow Belly, FF4

    Not Good: More, Spontaneous, All Spies, Say Something, Debbie Is Depressed, Find Your Own Way Home, The Climb, 9 Carrots, Hot Oct.
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