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  • Summary: The second full-length studio release for the Alabama rapper features a guest appearance from Eminem.
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Till It's Gone
I'm not the table you can come and lay your cup down on, now I'm not the shoulder for a bag. The one that carried a heavy load I'm not the road that... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Jun 24, 2015
    80
    It may have been a little long for my liking, but that's a small price to pay for listening to something this remarkably unique.
  2. Apr 24, 2015
    80
    He’s fully aware of who exactly he wants to be in hip-hop: a proud, raw, unapologetically Southern MC, something the game’s been missing. He really touches the country audience with the project, a genre hip-hop rarely reaches.
  3. Apr 23, 2015
    70
    This roots-rap hybrid might appall rap purists, but it’s a striking improvement over 2011’s messy, compromised “Radioactive.”
  4. Apr 23, 2015
    60
    Its solid momentum really fizzles out in the last few songs, making for a disappointing finale of an otherwise solid effort. Nonetheless, Love Story is a big step forward for the Slumerican affiliate.
  5. Jun 22, 2015
    60
    Ask a Yelawolf regular for a listener's guide then split apart this purposeful beast accordingly.
  6. Apr 23, 2015
    60
    Your enjoyment of Love Story will directly correlate with the amount that you enjoy Yelawolf’s singing, because boy howdy is there a lot of it here. If you respect Yelawolf’s progression as a musician and wish him luck on his journey to artistic self-actualization, you will be pleased.
  7. Apr 28, 2015
    49
    Yelawolf sounds like he's just going through the motions instead of actually covering ground.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Apr 24, 2015
    10
    bhaha honestly, it's an album that I won't agree with critic reviews, u can feel the passion in his vocals in every song, and the productionbhaha honestly, it's an album that I won't agree with critic reviews, u can feel the passion in his vocals in every song, and the production is actually amazing, it's a little long, but the passion is what music is about, and if I can sense an artist went 100% into making the best project they could, that's a 10/10 for me no matter what,
    same thing with tylers album, he's being himself, he's creating music that he loves,
    and that's what it's all about.
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  2. Apr 25, 2015
    10
    This album is amazing, I swear I've listened to this album 5-6 times already and it grows on me with every listen. I cannot tell you the lastThis album is amazing, I swear I've listened to this album 5-6 times already and it grows on me with every listen. I cannot tell you the last time I heard an album this good. I kept thinking throughout the album "Where is the bad song?" I honestly couldn't find one. The production is top notch too. It is amazing to see how far Yelawolf has come as an artist. His lyricism and ability to mix hip hop and country is something I've never seen before. Yeah sure, if you're expecting Trunk Muzik, don't bother. But this is the Yelawolf from Arena Rap and CreekWater, really old school Yelawolf. This is his roots and he's evolved them to where he is now (while incorporating some elements of Trunk Muzik). I don't agree with the critics at all here, this is my current Album of the Year. I hope more people start listening to Yelawolf and especially this album. You owe it to yourself to give this a listen. Expand
  3. Oct 16, 2015
    10
    An amazing album, I don't agree with the critics at all here, this is one of the best Albums of the Year. I can't belive how emotional make meAn amazing album, I don't agree with the critics at all here, this is one of the best Albums of the Year. I can't belive how emotional make me feel, Yelawolf sings with the heart and his soul. A mix of country and hip hop. Expand
  4. Apr 25, 2015
    10
    Definitely shows the growth of Yelawolf from Trunk Muzik tunes to Psycho White to Black Fall he's always been versatile but this album topsDefinitely shows the growth of Yelawolf from Trunk Muzik tunes to Psycho White to Black Fall he's always been versatile but this album tops all of them . A perfect display of all his skills . The only downsides are "American You" which has a corny pop sound to it and "Tennessee Love" an amazing song , but being a carry over from TMR it increases the length of the album . Expand
  5. Jun 15, 2015
    9
    Pleasantly surprised by this album. Yelawolf bends folk rock/country with hip hop in a perfect balance. He's got a great rock-style singingPleasantly surprised by this album. Yelawolf bends folk rock/country with hip hop in a perfect balance. He's got a great rock-style singing voice (who knew?) and he is able to hold his own on the album without any features (minus the rap God) because of it. There has never been a hip hop album that has ever sounded like this; a very unique production sound that will allow this album to stand the test of time. As a lyricist, he tells his life story and holds nothing back when it comes to his emotions, showing us a side of American culture that is not often exposed to mainstream media. Yela's best release by a country mile. Expand
  6. Apr 26, 2015
    9
    This is not a Hip-Hop album. I honestly don't know how to categorize it, and that's not a bad thing that's just how different it is fromThis is not a Hip-Hop album. I honestly don't know how to categorize it, and that's not a bad thing that's just how different it is from anything else out there. Rap purists or folks coming to album without an appreciation and an admiration for genres outside of Hip-Hop probably won't enjoy the record. However, "Love Story" is as musically ambition as K-Dot's "To Pimp A Butterfly". Yela does with folk, country and rock music what Kendrick did with funk, jazz and soul music blending and weaving them into his Hip-Hop fabric. Is one better than the other? I can't say but both should be respected for their willingness to be different from the projects of their peers but still stay true to who they are as individual artist.

    Yelawolf has never shied away from his Southern roots or his affinity for classic rock (See 2008's Stereo) but on "Love Story" he does something he's never done before and that's at time completely immerse himself in these other genres. There are many moments where he leaves behind his rapid fire flow for a twangy but smooth singing voice we haven't heard from him before. In fact on some songs like "Devil in my Veins" Wolf leaves Hip-Hop completely alone to deliver a folk-country tune that would make Outlaw Country icons like Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings proud. (From an authenticity perspective this may be the most country album of the year.)

    "Love Story" is the evolution of Yelawolf not as a rapper but as an artist as he begins to step away and outside of Hip-Hop to not just incorporate other musical and cultural influences but to pursue them. However, the album also provides plenty of moments that prove that Wolf can still rap and flow with the best of them when he so chooses. Here he's just displaying that there is more to Yela than the speedy and visceral rap tracks that made "Trunk Muzik" & "Trunk Muzik Returns" some of the most highly respected mixtapes in recent years. The dope thing here is it works because it's completely authentic, never once does it feel as Yelawolf is trying to be someone he isn't.

    The album take so many musical twists and turns you are blindsided many times by the direction your going in from one track to another. But, the disorientation is enjoyable and in that way "Love Story" isn't unlike roller coaster at your favorite amusement park. At times you just want to get off and collect your wits only to get back in line and get turned upside down all over again. So if you enjoy folk, country and rock as well as hip-hop than "Love Story" is a must listen. If you are strictly a hip-hop fan and only want raps then this album isn't for you, which is fine because deep down I feel like Yela made this for himself anyway. Anyone else, like myself who enjoys it, is just an added bonus to Wolf.
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  7. Apr 26, 2015
    3
    This is his 2nd album after Radioactive, on which after killing freestyles and guest appearances, was a fair debut. Although not equal toThis is his 2nd album after Radioactive, on which after killing freestyles and guest appearances, was a fair debut. Although not equal to talent of his label mates (i.e Slaughterhouse, Em), he has more talent than what he displayed on this latest album. Yelawolf made a son that appeared on Sons Of Anarchy (til' its gone) which was acoustic and well received. Well this whole album is like that! What a disappointment. Not to say he can't pull it off, but if I wanted actoustic blatherings I wouldn't be into Hip hop. One track was nice, which was the first. But after I didn't like a single funking song! Don't turn into Everlast or some **** Expand

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