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  • Summary: The fifth full-length studio release for rapper Kendrick Lamar features guest appearances from Baby Keem, Blxst, Sam Dew, Ghostface Killah, Beth Gibbons of Portishead, Kodak Black, Tanna Leone, Taylour Paige, Amanda Reifer, Sampha, and Summer Walker.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    A surprising meditation on fatherhood, family and friendship. Kendrick Lamar’s work has always been introspective, but Mr Morale and the Big Steppers – with guest spots from artists including Florence Welch, Beth Gibbons, Summer Walker and Sampha – has a delicacy and tenderness to it that is unprecedented for the father of two from Compton, California. Because of this, Mr Morale and The Big Steppers is most redolent of Lamar’s second album good kid, m.A.A.d city.
  2. May 13, 2022
    100
    Mr Morale & the Big Steppers is absolutely crammed with lyrical and musical ideas. Its opening tracks don’t so much play as teem. ... An album that leaves the listener feeling almost punch-drunk at its conclusion.
  3. May 13, 2022
    100
    Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers is another bonafide masterpiece.
  4. May 18, 2022
    84
    Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers paints a gripping portrait of how trauma and therapy have morphed the 34-year-old artist beyond recognition. Even with superior production choices and a semi-triumphant tone of self-actualization, it feels as if listeners can’t fully define what place he’s in — the question of what’s left for him lingers.
  5. May 23, 2022
    80
    Kendrick’s lyrics are as erudite as ever, and he has thankfully backed away from the excessive voiceplay of DAMN., though a few tracks could have been cut to create a more consistent listening experience. That being said, Mr Morale & The Big Steppers should be applauded for its intimacy, a remarkably detailed self-portrait of his unique, troubled mind.
  6. May 18, 2022
    80
    While not always an easy listen, the album shows more of its intention as it goes, and ultimately makes sense as the next logical step forward in Lamar’s increasingly multi-dimensional artistic evolution.
  7. May 17, 2022
    60
    It is an album that aims to repel, or if not quite that, then at least is at peace with alienating some of its audience. ... [The album] often feels insular, lyrically and musically. “Mr. Morale” is probably Lamar’s least tonally consistent work. ... Rangy and structurally erratic, full of mid-song beat switches, sorrowful piano and a few moments of dead air.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 423
  1. May 14, 2022
    10
    Another inscrutable opus from Compton's finest. This is what we've been waiting for.
  2. May 13, 2022
    10
    5 anos depois outra obra prima impecável desde a estética até os beats e letra.
  3. May 15, 2022
    10
    I appreciate the progression on this one. dope album, will take time to see where it stands against his other works.
  4. May 14, 2022
    10
    Kendrick is now truly in a league of his own. He is beyond comparisons to 2pac and the like now. This is about the 3rd time he has completelyKendrick is now truly in a league of his own. He is beyond comparisons to 2pac and the like now. This is about the 3rd time he has completely evolved as an artist. Good Kid Mad City, To Pimp A Butterfly, And now This.. wow. Witness greatness. Expand
  5. May 13, 2022
    10
    Flawless album. The production is out of this world, features are great, lyricism is amazing. Kendrick experimenting these new varieties ofFlawless album. The production is out of this world, features are great, lyricism is amazing. Kendrick experimenting these new varieties of sounds didn't fail at all. The message behind the album is also very strong. A brilliant introspective and personal album. A very very versatile masterpiece which will get better and better every listen. Expand
  6. May 18, 2022
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. With the three previous Kendrick albums I expected a lower grade album for Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, and that’s what he delivered. The album is not perfect with records like Rich Spirit and Silent Hill being the weaker parts. Those very songs skewed my view of the album after the first listen. Still after all this I kept listening to the album as you do with Kendrick’s albums to really try to understand his composition and lyrics. After a few days of this album on repeat I’ve found myself appreciating part 2, Mr. Morale a lot more. The grand production of Mr. Morale really brought home this theater-like feeling that’s carrying every song throughout the album. As a Baby Keem fan I really enjoyed the chemistry between him and Kendrick’s production (since I thought production was the weaker part of Baby Keem’s album Melodic Blue). Mr. Morale also has a more hard hitting lyrical themes with Mother I Sober and Auntie Diaries. Part one, The Big Steppers, also had its grand songs. United in Grief, Worldwide Steppers and Father Time were the peaks of this part for me. While We Cry Together is insanely beautiful it’s not a track I walk around and listen to as often at the others because I would rather not listen to two people arguing for 4 minutes. Just to end it off I want to mention my favorite tracks in no particular order.
    United in Grief
    Worldwide Steppers
    Father Time
    Count Me Out
    Savior
    Auntie Diaries
    Mother I Sober Mirror
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  7. May 13, 2022
    0
    El mejor álbum del mundo, es lo mejor, MOTOMAMI es bueno como este, te enamoras de principio a fin, estos 2 álbumes salvaron el 2022, escuchenEl mejor álbum del mundo, es lo mejor, MOTOMAMI es bueno como este, te enamoras de principio a fin, estos 2 álbumes salvaron el 2022, escuchen la pista 5 la mejor Expand

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