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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release for the experimental rap group was self-released and posted as a free download. It was official release on iTunes on 14 January 2014.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. May 29, 2014
    90
    Its idiosyncratic animus is something to behold, and even if you don’t like it, both the digital age and Burnett himself can reassure you with the verse, “Don’t worry; in a few, you’ll all be somewhere else.”
  2. May 29, 2014
    84
    Unlike the blunt, confrontational NO LOVE DEEP WEB, Government Plates lets you think for yourself and even if it doesn’t have an agenda, that doesn’t mean it’s nihilistic.
  3. May 29, 2014
    80
    Somehow all these disparate parts click together and make Government Plates the most captivating Death Grips album yet.
  4. May 29, 2014
    80
    Featuring minimal hooks, guttural yelps and harrowing production, Government Plates sounds like nothing else this year--so in other words, it sounds a whole lot like Death Grips.
  5. May 29, 2014
    70
    Government Plates is a rap record, albeit one whose abstracted fury and next-level formalism make Kanye's Yeezus sound kind of quaint.
  6. May 29, 2014
    70
    Those instrumentals stop and start, throb and zap, sprint and lurch, empty out or swarm with noise, and they often completely switch texture in midtrack--the more disorienting the better.
  7. May 29, 2014
    25
    The focus is less on total mayhem and more on creating droning dystopian soundscapes that MC Ride might occasionally hop on to yell over.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Feb 17, 2017
    9
    I don't really see the problem. I think this is great! Sure, it's not the "Ride Rodeo" we've come to expect from Death Grips, but it's moreI don't really see the problem. I think this is great! Sure, it's not the "Ride Rodeo" we've come to expect from Death Grips, but it's more like the "Hill and Morin Haunted House". The instrumentals are the main focus, is what I meant. Ride's vocals are used like Thom Yorke's vocals on Kid A at points, with them just being a part of the beat. And I feel that takes away a bit of the kick, which I feel might be a big issue to others. However, I myself think it brings a nice ominous sound to the beats.

    TL;DR
    It's a great album, but different from all their other releases (although that's their goal, innit?)
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  2. Jun 4, 2021
    9
    This album is pure death grips, so iconic songs in this masterpiece, everyone new in this kind of havest music must check this album and giveThis album is pure death grips, so iconic songs in this masterpiece, everyone new in this kind of havest music must check this album and give themselves an idea of how this music reaches an high artistic level. Expand
  3. Jun 9, 2014
    8
    Simplistic, minimalistic, and nihilistic, this album seems more like an experiment for them, on top of their already-experimental genre. It'sSimplistic, minimalistic, and nihilistic, this album seems more like an experiment for them, on top of their already-experimental genre. It's my least favorate of their albums, but they still offer the memorable first half with Ride's awesome yells and grunts. Expand
  4. Apr 10, 2021
    8
    This album had many expectations attached to it due to the success of it's predecessor and it matched it rather than surpass. It's a powerfulThis album had many expectations attached to it due to the success of it's predecessor and it matched it rather than surpass. It's a powerful compilation of song that although less chaotic and noisy than "the money store" just as heavy and loud. It feels more repeatable than the magnum opus which could disinterest longtime fans but it's a decision that makes sense after the attention they received. I loved the coverart and song titles. The production was phenomenal and the lyrics a confusing abstract mess just the way I want it when listening to a deathgrips record. Favourites:birds,pillbox hat,what ever i want Expand
  5. May 10, 2015
    7
    Coming from the previous releases of Death Grips, Government Plates is a disappointment. But it is still a good album nonetheless. Death GripsComing from the previous releases of Death Grips, Government Plates is a disappointment. But it is still a good album nonetheless. Death Grips is still holding on to their aggressive, experimental sound, but MC Ride isn't rapping enough (he's the reason we all love Death Grips, right?) and I don't see very many instances of Zach Hill's excellent drumming skills. In my opinion, this would have been better credited to Andy Morin, with guest appearances from his band members. But this album still has some great material. I think it's hard to not like "Birds". Grade: B. Highlights: "Two Heavens", "You Might Think...", "Birds". Worst song: "Feels like a Wheel" Expand
  6. Mar 22, 2015
    7
    Death Grips' weakest album. That said, it's still pretty good. Pillbox Hat, Anne Bonny, and Two Heavens serve as a great opening, but theDeath Grips' weakest album. That said, it's still pretty good. Pillbox Hat, Anne Bonny, and Two Heavens serve as a great opening, but the album falls off from there.
    Birds and Whatever I Want are high points, but overall, the album is severely lacking in vocals, and the production sound almost like stereotypical house. The production might have worked better if Ride's vocals weren't so lacking.
    Still, with a band like DG, I'm happy to see them trying new things, because it can lead to some interesting things (the opener is one of DG's best songs so far). Sometimes, it just doesn't work that well.
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  7. Jan 9, 2021
    2
    Incredibly boring and offensive to the ears, beyond dropping the ball. Its like it crashed 4 floors down with it.

    Fav Tracks: Intro, This is
    Incredibly boring and offensive to the ears, beyond dropping the ball. Its like it crashed 4 floors down with it.

    Fav Tracks: Intro, This is violence now, Birds

    Least Favorite: Everything else
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