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  • Summary: The debut full-length studio release for the rapper features guest appearances from Miley Cyrus, Doja Cat, Jack Harlow, Elton John, and Megan Thee Stallion.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Sep 17, 2021
    100
    Lil Nas X’s 15-track rookie album is filled with raw emotion, honesty, and a lot of insight.
  2. Sep 17, 2021
    100
    It hits an impressively eclectic sweet spot between hip-hop and pop, leaping confidently from trap beats and martial horns to grinding, distorted hard rock; from music that recalls early 00s R&B to stadium ballads. The genre-hopping is unified by melodies. Song for song, Montero has more hooks – and stickier ones – than any other big rap album thus far released in 2021.
  3. Sep 22, 2021
    90
    Montero delivers in droves, a powerful realization of self that boldly places sexuality, honesty, and vulnerability at the fore.
  4. Sep 17, 2021
    80
    He proves that he is a fully-fledged, multifaceted person who can do it all, and has all the makings of a modern yet ever-evolving pop star. He just remembers to have a fun, honest time while doing it.
  5. Sep 20, 2021
    80
    The music throughout MONTERO suggests that Nas X has a very bright future ahead of him.
  6. Sep 23, 2021
    75
    Everything’s he’s done has led to this engaging debut record, a work that allows his inner self to shine.
  7. 60
    Without visuals to add a knowing wink and a flourish of pop absurdity, it sometimes settles into a comfortable groove of trap-influenced drum beats, moody instrumentals, Frank Ocean-y electric guitars and percussive brass peals. Rarely deviating from earnestness, this is at odds with the absurd brilliance of his defining moments thus far.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 18 out of 178
  1. Sep 17, 2021
    10
    Melhor álbum da minha vidaaa, nasceu pra ser aclamado. Amei o rap, os feats, as músicas, arrasou
  2. Sep 17, 2021
    10
    Un-ironically at a loss for words. He has grown from his EP days. This album serves as a catalyst for change within the music industry. He’sUn-ironically at a loss for words. He has grown from his EP days. This album serves as a catalyst for change within the music industry. He’s paved the way. Expand
  3. Sep 17, 2021
    10
    Perfect album!!!!lil nas x is good at this, and every song in this album is nice to my body and soul.
  4. Sep 17, 2021
    10
    Álbum do ano, Lil Nas X entregou tudo nesse álbum, tudo nesse álbum é perfeito, Obrigado Lil Nas X por tudo
  5. Sep 21, 2021
    9
    Every bit as excessively gaudy, idiosyncratic, and self-indulgently over-the-top as one's likely come to expect from Lil Nas X, such defiantEvery bit as excessively gaudy, idiosyncratic, and self-indulgently over-the-top as one's likely come to expect from Lil Nas X, such defiant flamboyance largely continues to work in his favor on "MONTERO" as peppy melodies, earworm choruses, and well-matched guest artists come together to form a short, sweet, thoroughly entertaining sugar rush of a pop-rap record. Expand
  6. Sep 17, 2021
    8
    After amazing singles “Montero,” “Industry Baby,” and “Sun Goes Down,” Lil Nas X does not disappoint with his solid debut album that provesAfter amazing singles “Montero,” “Industry Baby,” and “Sun Goes Down,” Lil Nas X does not disappoint with his solid debut album that proves he is talented alongside having the amazing ability to use social media to his advantage and to create music videos that are works of art and get people talking. This album is multifaceted with various genres and vocal styles, proving that he is more that a one-hit wonder. He shows depth in many songs that make you emotional, but also has harder-hitting songs that are still packed with passion. Certain songs like “Dead Right Now,” “Scoop,” and “Dolla Sign Slime” do nothing forming and kept this album from reaching A-status from me, but songs like the singles, “Am I Dreaming” with Miley Cyrus, and one of my favorite songs from 2021, “Life After Salem,” have me wanting him to pursue this direction on this album’s follow up. I have an obsession with this song as it is epic and its lyrics are great. Also, Lil Nas X sounds great with Miley Cyrus! While I hate the track with Megan Thee Stallion, I do think her part is fine, but the track with Doja Cat is irritating. I look forward to what Lil Nas X does with his career.

    On “Life After Salem,” Lil Nas X talks about a love interest quite beautifully with “you know I can be your part-time lover / our scars, they'll dance with each other.” This idea of singing to a love interest can also be heard on “Lost In The Citadel” with “my God, you're an angel / I only see you in your halo / I was hoping we could stay close / but we no longer sing the same notes.” On “Am I Dreaming,” he sings of how he must smile, bear the bad, and rewrite his story through his music with “tears running dry / shattered inside, but I still gotta smile as I'm sinking, I relive the story / glitter comes off, battered in blue, but I gotta go on / as I'm singing, I rewrite my story.” On “Void,” he continues sharing his mental health space when he sings “stuck in this world where there's so much to prove / every win gives you more room to lose / it’s too many ups and downs on the ride.”

    MONTERO - 9
    DEAD RIGHT NOW - 6
    INDUSTRY BABY - 10
    THAT’S WHAT I WANT - 9
    THE ART OF REALIZATION -
    SCOOP - 6
    ONE OF ME - 8
    LOST IN THE CITADEL - 9
    DOLLA SIGN SLIME - 6
    TALES OF DOMINICA - 9
    SUN GOES DOWN - 10
    VOID - 7
    DON’T WANT IT - 7
    LIFE AFTER SALEM - 10
    AM I DREAMING - 10

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  7. Sep 20, 2021
    0
    Best album of 2021 i guess. Good job Nas for this incredible album. I hope this album gave you a great career

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