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  • Summary: The second full-length studio release for the British grime artist features guest appearances from Aitch, Burna Boy, H.E.R., Headie One, Ed Sheeran, Tiana Major9, and YEBBA.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
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  1. Dec 13, 2019
    90
    Heavy is the Head absolutely hits it out of the park. It’s the same winning mix of grime bangers and radio friendly singing as last time, but, crucially, it’s better at making sure they work together on the same project. 16 tracks might seem like a lot, but when almost every one is a classic, it’s so hard to care.
  2. Dec 12, 2019
    80
    it consistently hits a sweet spot. It is packed with memorable hooks – singles Vossi Bop and Wiley Freestyle are by some distance the least obviously commercial things here – but never sounds obvious or craven in its desire for chart success.
  3. 80
    A powerful collection. And if Heavy Is The Head is one thing, it’s aware of its own worth.
  4. Q Magazine
    Dec 17, 2019
    80
    Yet another display of his banter and brains. [Feb 2020, p.106]
  5. Dec 18, 2019
    80
    More enjoyable overall than Gang Signs, Heavy Is the Head is a well-rounded mix of toughness and sentimentality, and another rightful triumph.
  6. Dec 30, 2019
    70
    A solid album but also not a surprising one. To boot, the main thing that grounds this album with a sense of time and place is the political side of it.
  7. Dec 18, 2019
    60
    The fondness for schmaltz gets a bit overwhelming, and the album is only great in patches.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
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  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Dec 13, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Yes it's one of the best albums in a long time. I love a good Stormzy tunes Expand
  2. Dec 16, 2019
    10
    Up there for rap album of the year. Those upset with it probably listened to the Ed Sheerhan single and bailed thinking it was going to beUp there for rap album of the year. Those upset with it probably listened to the Ed Sheerhan single and bailed thinking it was going to be sing-songy stuff. No. This is brazen, unapologetic, and amazing. Expand
  3. Dec 15, 2019
    10
    Absolute quality, the best way to round the decade off. Stormzy is one of the best artists around today.
  4. Dec 17, 2019
    10
    With its unique flow, Stormzy proves that it can use its rhymes for business or public. Crown shows off its versatility between singing andWith its unique flow, Stormzy proves that it can use its rhymes for business or public. Crown shows off its versatility between singing and rap, a better track from the album. Constantly marvel at different instruments, not barking at the mind and with a tremendously beautiful cape. Expand
  5. Dec 13, 2019
    9
    This a great sophomore album for the UK artist. It’s time people stop sleeping on UK rappers now. Dave, Krept & Konan, & now Stormzy have hadThis a great sophomore album for the UK artist. It’s time people stop sleeping on UK rappers now. Dave, Krept & Konan, & now Stormzy have had great albums put out this year. It’s interesting to see where they’ll go next Expand
  6. Dec 14, 2019
    0
    Its Crap, I listened to Harry Styles fine line first then I went to this, after listening to that master piece I thought what the f**k wasIts Crap, I listened to Harry Styles fine line first then I went to this, after listening to that master piece I thought what the f**k was going in this album Expand
  7. Jan 1, 2020
    0
    WORRRRRSSSTTTTTTT album excluding one or two songs its complete crap thats it