Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Jul 15, 2019
    100
    As with all the best sets, it’s coherent but not repetitive, the ghostly Auto-Tune choir, which features on most tracks, sighing and whispering encouragement behind Banks’s increasingly empowered words. There are shades of Bon Iver and Billie Eilish in her layered, subtle sound, but also a rare, steely delicacy all her own.
  2. 80
    III is Banks’s most cohesive album to date because she’s no longer restricting herself to exploring one feeling at a time.
  3. Jul 11, 2019
    80
    Banks clearly encouraged them [her collaborators] to swing for the fences: The distressed sonics her get as extreme as Low got on last year’s Double Negative, albeit in much different context. It’s thrilling, gutting stuff.
  4. Jul 11, 2019
    80
    Her most accomplished statement to date, a collection brimming with emotion, attitude, and unexpected delights.
  5. Q Magazine
    Jul 9, 2019
    80
    Although III doesn't offer anything to rival [2014's Beggin For Thread] in songwriting stakes, it does manage to mine thrills from an adventurous production. [Aug 2019, p.108]
  6. iii is probably a couple of tracks too long, but Banks has created another supremely intriguing musical world filled with ear-snagging lyrics and quirky production flourishes: the lone dog-bark sound effect before the final chorus of ‘Gimme’ is a classic Banks touch. It’s difficult to avoid the conclusion “that bitch” is a pretty apt description for her after all.
  7. 80
    Overall, Banks has taken a step forward in her development as an artist, and you can hear this increase in maturity across each album. At times, her evolution is not as convincing as other artists on her level, though the quality of the songwriting here generally makes up for that.
  8. Jul 9, 2019
    80
    III is definitely a progression for her as an artist. The more upbeat tracks are interspersed among softer, more delicate, heartfelt ones that represent the duality of her personality and also increase its replay value.
  9. Jul 17, 2019
    65
    While she can’t always shake the anodyne songwriting that plagued her past work, it’s still her best album to date.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 115 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 115
  2. Negative: 10 out of 115
  1. Jul 15, 2019
    10
    lowkey, watching an artist evolve with their music throughout the years is admiring. yes, it did take a few listens to completely digest andlowkey, watching an artist evolve with their music throughout the years is admiring. yes, it did take a few listens to completely digest and understand this album, disregard the fact that banks nearly ditches her dark-electronica sound for half of iii , and completely embrace another side of banks I was so unaware I was ready for. honestly, iii is unlike her first two albums and that makes this album so refreshing to listen. there are glimpses of dark-pop banks, but she also introduces a more softer, delicate yet playful side of her soul which she bares so well. she remains blunt with her lyrics, sometimes sloppy and harsh with delivery but that's an admiring trait that i pray banks never censors. the three years inbetween albums were long yet a rewarding wait.

    highlights: till now, contaminated, sawzall, hawaiian mazes, if we were made of water
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  2. Jul 14, 2019
    10
    Her most powerful album so far. The on fleek music production matches the lyrics perfectly. An empowering album that will get you dancingHer most powerful album so far. The on fleek music production matches the lyrics perfectly. An empowering album that will get you dancing around as Banks takes you to different places. Full Review »
  3. Jul 14, 2019
    10
    a 10/10 unique banks sound, a 10/10 album.
    Every song is uniquely different yet doesn't make you feel like losing her idenitiy while
    a 10/10 unique banks sound, a 10/10 album.
    Every song is uniquely different yet doesn't make you feel like losing her idenitiy while listening, every song was thought-thru, based on a 30th listen. yes i love banks so much. you have the semi up-tempo songs "Gimme, Propaganda, Alaska....." then strips down with "Hawaiian Mazes, Sawzall, Look What you're doing to me, If we were made of water...." let's you sink into the unique banks sound, a dark-emotional journey with "Stroke, Till Now, Godless" Thank you Jillian Banks.
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