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  • Summary: The third and final installment of the rapper's Main On The Moon trilogy features guest appearances from Phoebe Bridgers, Pop Smoke, Skepta, and Trippie Redd.
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  1. Dec 11, 2020
    90
    It’s not clear if this is to be the last instalment of the man on the moon franchise, but what is clear is that Kid Cudi is back on track, and with this release, has made his best solo album to date.
  2. Dec 14, 2020
    83
    The album generally finds his deep-breathing, sing-song-y baritone nestled almost exclusively in ambient synth-hop. Ultimately, this nearly single-sourced sound is more consistent, and easier on the ears. ... But it’s when Cudi is by himself — lonely and punching through the darkness — that his somnolent, bittersweet reveries are at their tastiest.
  3. 83
    Throughout the journey of the Man on the Moon trilogy, which is imbued with many twists and turns, The Chosen captures Cudi as victorious, finally reaching his long-awaited destination.
  4. 80
    While it might take a few listens to make sense of the album's seemingly muddled introduction, one thing is clear: by the end of this hour-long journey, Cudi has reached his destination.
  5. Dec 14, 2020
    72
    This is a fun, sometimes moving project, extremely consistent and concise by the standards we apply to Kid Cudi since around 2013.
  6. Jan 20, 2021
    70
    Cudi wrestles with the same struggles that have plagued him since he began sharing the complexities of his internal world, but at its best, Man on the Moon, Vol 3: The Chosen shows that years of struggle have yielded substantial growth.
  7. Dec 16, 2020
    49
    “Mr. Solo Dolo III” is only memorable because of its title, which like too much of Man on the Moon III is coasting on a legacy built a lifetime ago.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 91
  2. Negative: 6 out of 91
  1. Dec 11, 2020
    10
    Perfect album! Every track here transcends into a melodic seek for happiness and acceptance. The Phoebe Bridgers collab is on point.
  2. Jan 4, 2021
    10
    People doubted Kid Cudi and didn't think this album would be any good. You have to give him credit because a lot of artists can't make aPeople doubted Kid Cudi and didn't think this album would be any good. You have to give him credit because a lot of artists can't make a better album than there first few albums. Expand
  3. Dec 11, 2020
    10
    I will admit that I didn't have to wait as long as most fans but I was excited for the release anyway. For me the album was perfect. mellowI will admit that I didn't have to wait as long as most fans but I was excited for the release anyway. For me the album was perfect. mellow and easy to listen to each track goes perfect with the next with just the right amount of features. the cover is amazing too Expand
  4. Dec 13, 2020
    10
    Perfect addition to an amazing trilogy. Even the ones who gave up on Cudi years ago have to admit that he didn't disappoint this time! ThePerfect addition to an amazing trilogy. Even the ones who gave up on Cudi years ago have to admit that he didn't disappoint this time! The moon man is back! Expand
  5. Jan 3, 2021
    9
    a top 5 album of 2020. The production level is great, and Kid Cudi's signature humming still carries the vibe of the album. All I can say isa top 5 album of 2020. The production level is great, and Kid Cudi's signature humming still carries the vibe of the album. All I can say is listen to it Expand
  6. Dec 21, 2020
    8
    This was a pretty solid album, and never listend to much by Kid Cudi aside from his previous Man on The Moon tracks and Kids See Ghosts. ButThis was a pretty solid album, and never listend to much by Kid Cudi aside from his previous Man on The Moon tracks and Kids See Ghosts. But this album is a return to form! I wasn't a fan of SB2H and I know he had his hardships. It's pleasant to see a beloved artist like Cudi bounce back, and with that you can feel that within this album. Worth a listen for sure! Expand
  7. Dec 11, 2020
    0
    The new Kid Cudi album is utterly redundant and unoriginal - it sounds like he's conforming to today's hip-hop sound rather than embracing theThe new Kid Cudi album is utterly redundant and unoriginal - it sounds like he's conforming to today's hip-hop sound rather than embracing the stoner vibes that made him great. The album mostly consists of auto-tuned hooks and monotonous over-produced beats, but MOTM3 will probably receive relentless praise because unlike his past 5 albums, you can sit through it without going deaf. The features are also awful. Pass. Expand

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