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86

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Dec 15, 2022
    100
    The brilliance of No Thank You is how Simz uses her brazenly unapologetic narrative to spin out larger points about institutional and generational racism, the danger of business practices indifferent to their human impact, and links all of that to contemporary mental health crises.
  2. Uncut
    Jan 13, 2023
    90
    Her sixth is as deeply personal as it is un-self-pitying, the lyrical punches falling with even more righteous force. [Mar 2023, p.29]
  3. Dec 19, 2022
    90
    No Thank You could be forgiven for resembling a victory lap, but it is a triumph in its own right, cementing Little Simz’s position as one of rap’s essential voices.
  4. Dec 13, 2022
    86
    It's a worthy follow-up to Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, trading that album's shimmering polish and clear curation for a looser, more raw aesthetic.
  5. Jan 3, 2023
    84
    A subtle shift toward curated production and raw lyrical revelation. Which isn’t to say that her earlier records didn’t have those things, but they feel far more present and deliberate here. Running once more in complete sync with inflo, these songs are some of Simz’s most personal and most vitriolic, masked in measured rhythms and encased in the wrath of someone who’s too tired to give a fuck.
  6. Jan 3, 2023
    80
    That Little Simz was able to deliver such a crafty set so soon after the career-making Introvert is impressive enough, but No Thank You stands out for its own merits.
  7. Jan 3, 2023
    80
    The result is one of the most punchy, lyrically explorative UK rap albums of the year.
  8. Dec 16, 2022
    80
    Blending a history of gospel, soul and rap, NO THANK YOU cuts and shifts, showing her irrepressible force and talent.
  9. Dec 16, 2022
    80
    Blending a history of gospel, soul and rap, NO THANK YOU cuts and shifts, showing her irrepressible force and talent.
  10. Dec 13, 2022
    80
    On No Thank You, the follow-up to her excellent 2021 breakthrough Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, Simz gives us 10 choice cuts (showcasing her brilliance and breadth) that convey the whole emoji board of riveting emotions.
  11. 80
    Simz’s storytelling is deft and full of range, gliding between generational trauma (‘Broken’) and faith and the grind (‘Who Even Cares’) with ease. The album’s sonic palette, meanwhile, takes on a mellower and less grandiose tone, with Inflo – the producer behind her last two records and the mysterious musical project Sault – and collaborator Cleo Sol bringing a warm, homely base for Simz to nestle in.
  12. Dec 12, 2022
    80
    She’s addressed the subject of mental health before in her work, but never quite as bluntly as on Broken, which shifts from a neat summation of depression’s ability to quietly get its claws into you. ... Meanwhile, the music business gets an extended kicking, particularly when it comes to its dealings with artists of colour. ... All of this is punchily, powerfully and, occasionally, wittily done.
  13. Dec 19, 2022
    77
    There’s a lightness to Simz’ tender explorations of Black fatherhood, the failure of her community to help those struggling with mental crises, and the slippery loss of solidarity across economic divides on “Broken.” Sometimes the production’s soft edges can belie the bite of the words, but overall it’s a pairing that brims with possibility.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Dec 13, 2022
    10
    Musically fascinating, while being extremely content heavy. Simz out does SIMBI with an album full of a familiar thoughtfulness and anMusically fascinating, while being extremely content heavy. Simz out does SIMBI with an album full of a familiar thoughtfulness and an evolving fierceness. Full Review »
  2. Dec 13, 2022
    9
    Sonically outstanding album that deals with many important subjects such as mental health and the dangers of the music industry as an artistSonically outstanding album that deals with many important subjects such as mental health and the dangers of the music industry as an artist of colour. Shows an evolution from the grand nature of SIMBI while still keeping the amazing production of Inflo. The lyrics continue to grow on you in later listens yet it is still accessible the first time round. Establishes one of the best three album runs in recent memory. Full Review »
  3. Dec 12, 2022
    8
    Simz drops a very good follow up to SIMBI, but doesn’t quite reach the level that SIMBI was on.