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Generally favorable reviews- based on 131 Ratings

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  • Summary: The debut full-length studio release for the British rapper features guest appearances from Burna Boy and J Hus.
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Disaster
She whinin' like a nice booshie Came on a Rambo ting Everything camouflaging Lookin' like a bulletproof vest, nah, That's just a body warmer Big man... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Mar 11, 2019
    100
    Unvarnished and emotionally raw, it frequently makes for tough listening. Equally, as a showcase for Dave’s talents, it unquestionably works. His lyrics are smart, thoughtful, unflinching and self-aware. ... The end result is certainly the boldest album to emerge from UK hip-hop’s renaissance. It may also be the best.
  2. 100
    In exploring himself on Psychodrama, Dave has produced a masterpiece. This 20-year-old has lost in some ways and won in others, and asks us to listen as he tries to find some answers. The lessons you learn with Dave are sure to live long in the memory.
  3. 100
    One of the most thoughtful, moving and necessary albums of 2019 so far. ... Tracks are at once astute and deeply personal in how they capture vignettes of everyday life and spin them into important lessons.
  4. Mar 25, 2019
    90
    It’s rare to hear a debut album so confident and accomplished, especially when the artist himself has just turned 20 years old. Yet Psychodrama is pretty close to a masterpiece and raises the bar for a new standard in British rap.
  5. Q Magazine
    Apr 9, 2019
    80
    Psychodrama is a bold statement from a rapper unafraid to ask tough questions of himself--and the often unforgiving world around him. [Jun 2019, p.108]
  6. Mar 15, 2019
    80
    A different kind of hero’s journey through the musical mind, Psychodrama feels less like a platform for clout than a starting point for self-help and paradigmatic change.
  7. The Wire
    May 7, 2019
    60
    Musically it’s mannered to the point where he makes Stormzy look like Tempa T. Token exceptions offer some respite. On “Location” with Burna Boy and “Disaster” with J Hus he briefly escapes the bland backing and naff counselling concept to explore more primal modes of expression. But ultimately the failures predominate, most notably ten minutes of the heavy handed domestic violence PSA “Lesley”. [May 2019, p.50]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Apr 25, 2019
    10
    This one of the best socially conscious albums of all time. Its unfortunate its not too popular. But Dave's story telling is exceptional onThis one of the best socially conscious albums of all time. Its unfortunate its not too popular. But Dave's story telling is exceptional on this album. Expand
  2. Mar 20, 2019
    10
    Psychodrama is an absolute must-listen record of the 2010s decade as it deals with Dave's struggles with mental health, strainedPsychodrama is an absolute must-listen record of the 2010s decade as it deals with Dave's struggles with mental health, strained relationships, domestic abuse, racism, and social inequality. You cannot find such realistic and hard-hitting themes like this in a typical rap album that talks about sex, partying, drugs, money, and gangster life. This is conscious hip-hop at its utter finest. Expand
  3. Mar 12, 2019
    10
    This best rap concept album since good kid maad city - Kendrick Lamar
    10/10
  4. Jul 16, 2019
    9
    Wow... such a great album. I never heard about Dave before but I am glad I listen this. A very strong and mature album, very consistent, veryWow... such a great album. I never heard about Dave before but I am glad I listen this. A very strong and mature album, very consistent, very true, from the heart. You can feel every bit of this. It's not a glamorous album but it will give you a real feel, like AccuWeather. Expand
  5. Mar 19, 2019
    6
    Gonna be pretty concise here, think overall the album is pretty good, with some clear standout songs, e.g. Psycho and Lesley, but needsGonna be pretty concise here, think overall the album is pretty good, with some clear standout songs, e.g. Psycho and Lesley, but needs improvement in some areas. Lyrically, album is solid and the topics he's talking about are relevant and discusses them well. Delivery is fine, but can sometimes sound a bit lethargic. Main let down of the album is the production, far too generic and forgettable, no tracks really stand out with great production. 6 to a 7 out of 10 for me, the fact it's receiving this level of acclaim is absurd, as pretty sure it's only because the topics he references are considered woke by the media, which is very frustrating, good lyrical content has to be backed up by good music, and sadly this album isn't in my opinion. Expand
  6. Apr 2, 2019
    6
    Good lyrics and alright instrumentals individually but it didn't fit well together for me
  7. Apr 3, 2019
    0
    Sorry, but this album isn't really good this album should have at least a 60 to 69 score. This album is very boring in someway, too muchSorry, but this album isn't really good this album should have at least a 60 to 69 score. This album is very boring in someway, too much sadness in it, beats selections aren't really good, out of all the rap albums I've heard in my life I can truly say with confidence is that they are all better than this album. TPAB is better, GKMC is better, DAMN. is better Section.80 is better, MBDTF is better, 4:44 is better, KOD is better, 2014 forest hills drive is better, The Cool is better, Saba's care for me is better. Man I can go on and on. It's pathetic that this album actually has a 90 some rating score like come on this album is EXTREMELY OVERRATED and doesn't deserve to be in the 90's rating score and that's facts. If this album stays a 97 or go down to a 96 then I can't take metacritc serious anymore end of story Expand

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