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Heavy is the Head Image
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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jan 21, 2020
    90
    This album gets better with successive listens.
  2. Dec 12, 2019
    80
    The labyrinthine complexities of human nature are explored here in all their grit and glory, but it’s the combination of Stormzy’s charm and his knack for storytelling that allows ‘H.I.T.H’ to glimmer with a universal appeal that will please both his mainstream audience and grime fans of old; an almost impossible task that he’s amazingly pulled off.
  3. 80
    Not only is it a drastic step up from an impressive debut, but it shows an artist keen to test himself emotionally, as well as artistically.
  4. Dec 13, 2019
    80
    The result wittily, emotionally and triumphantly affirms his position at the head of the British rap pack. Like many of our most fascinating pop stars, from John Lennon to Robbie Williams, Stormzy lies on a knife-edge between ego and insecurity, self-confidence and self-doubt.
  5. Mojo
    Dec 17, 2019
    80
    Save a few saggy, meh0ish collaborations mining genres, this sparky yet spiritual blend of bum-rushing hard bangers and deep soul dives further underscores his three-dimensional star quality. [Feb 2020, p.86]
  6. Dec 30, 2019
    80
    On Heavy Is the Head, that throne is never taken lightly. Instead, Stormzy delivers one of the most introspective and prayerful works of the year, solidifying his elite status in hip-hop.
  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
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  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