• Record Label: Republic
  • Release Date: Dec 28, 2016
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Aug 7, 2017
    80
    PP&DS is self-indulgent, silly, messy and heartfelt. It's Cudi at top songwriting form, and the songs on it are arguably the best he's ever written.
  2. Jan 24, 2017
    70
    It is definitely a record that demands repeated attention, as a cursory listen will not unveil all its hidden gems. It's instantly accessible than his previous records, but when Cudi is on his game he reaps unignorable rewards.
  3. Jan 5, 2017
    76
    Weighing in at 19 tracks and 86 minutes, PP&DS sprawls to a fault, but it sticks true to its branding.
  4. Jan 3, 2017
    80
    Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' breathes gravitas into the Kid Cudi discography, realigning his trajectory and hinting at hope, possibility, and, most importantly, recovery.
  5. Jan 3, 2017
    80
    Not only is Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' loaded with hits, but it also draws attention to Cudi's renewed sense of self. Cudi has finally slayed his demons, and he sounds all the better for it.
  6. Jan 3, 2017
    67
    The 87-minute runtime is both ridiculous and somehow necessary; if the redundancies were cut, some of the self-importance would be lost. The extended monotony allows you to get lost in Cudi’s ego and your own head, clearing room amid the nothingness to discover and create meaning.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 155 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 155
  1. Jan 4, 2017
    10
    Kid Cudi at his best. Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' is an energetic, positive vibed masterpiece. "By Design" and "Surfin'" produced byKid Cudi at his best. Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' is an energetic, positive vibed masterpiece. "By Design" and "Surfin'" produced by Pharrell Williams are the album's highlights, and are, in my opinion, the best songs of the year. Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' is a positive, energetic masterpiece with a beautiful summer vibe.
    10/10
    This and Birds in The Trap = 2016's highlights
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  2. Jan 4, 2017
    10
    Passion Pain and Demon Slayin is one of the best produced albums of all time. The production just gives you goosebumps. Along with greatPassion Pain and Demon Slayin is one of the best produced albums of all time. The production just gives you goosebumps. Along with great lyrics this to me just makes it Album of the Year to me. Songs like Surfin, Frequency and Design make you get up and dance. Triumph songs like Rose Golden and Illusions make you feel like a champion. All and all a great album. Full Review »
  3. Jan 6, 2017
    9
    Cudder finally gets away from his emo teen dream and makes his return to atmospheric beats and introspective rhymes. There are a lot ofCudder finally gets away from his emo teen dream and makes his return to atmospheric beats and introspective rhymes. There are a lot of forgettable songs but several I've had on repeat for days now. By Design and ILLusions are my personal favs. Not quite a 10 as there are too many meh songs but if you don't like this album you never liked or understood Cudi to begin with. Full Review »