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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the R&B band that includes Syd, Matt Martians, Steve Lacy, Patrick Paige II, and Christopher Smith was self-produced.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 100
    There’s something enjoyably old-school about Syd’s leisurely approach.
  2. Aug 2, 2018
    88
    One of the best R&B/soul albums of 2018.
  3. Jul 24, 2018
    83
    This egalitarian spirit and anti-hierarchical approach to song-making fuel the sleekest, most robust music of their career.
  4. Jul 18, 2018
    80
    Hive Mind falls ever so slightly short of “Ego Death,” though it’s still superb. The songs are a little more generalized, less specific; the music feels just a little more deliberate, though it’s still full of surprises.
  5. Jul 20, 2018
    80
    Free of filler and definitely worth repeating, Hive Mind is the Internet we know and love, but tighter and more refined.
  6. Jul 26, 2018
    70
    Rather than fall in love with this record from the get-go it needs a little airing and breathing time to get to grips with the finer notes, but it's sure to keep you coming back.
  7. Jul 20, 2018
    60
    This slower second half of Hive Mind can fade into the background, as tracks such as Next Time Humble Pie and It Gets Better bleed into one another without the distinctive melodies of the opening numbers. Despite this sloppy editing, the Internet seem unlikely to disband permanently into their solo projects. Playing as a group can bring out the best of their individual talents, even if the connection doesn’t always hold.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jul 20, 2018
    10
    Their best album to date, Hive Mind is even better than Ego Death. The Internet finds a way to improve with every LP.
  2. Jul 21, 2018
    10
    This album is so good. Can listen to it on repeat and repeat. It is their best album to date!
  3. Aug 9, 2018
    10
    What a great album! For starters, it's really well produced. Syd and Steve Lacy add vocals which grove their way through every track. Lacy'sWhat a great album! For starters, it's really well produced. Syd and Steve Lacy add vocals which grove their way through every track. Lacy's guitar work takes you back to old soul and funk records, while Matt Martians cops, cuts and beats keep the music current. They all bring their individual talents to bear, on this fantastic album - 'Hive Mind' seems an appropriate title. Expand
  4. Jul 21, 2018
    9
    Easily their best album so far. I'm on my second listen and it justs keeps on getting better and better.
  5. Jul 21, 2018
    8
    Awesome production. The vocals sound great. It's relaxing and truly inspiring.
  6. Jul 22, 2018
    8
    Hands down a very solid album by the internet, Production is great with lots of funk and groove in it, Syd has excellent vocals and LacyHands down a very solid album by the internet, Production is great with lots of funk and groove in it, Syd has excellent vocals and Lacy provides solid background vocals definitely a bop and has a lot of replay ability Expand
  7. Sep 6, 2018
    6
    I like this one. It's a step in the right direction, but has very little replay value.

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