Positive: 17 out of 17
Mixed: 0 out of 17
Negative: 0 out of 17
The WireOct 16, 2018The biggest problem with Noname’s Room 25 is that the opening two tracks, adding up to barely four minutes of music, are just too damn good. ... The rest is merely exceptional. Essential. [Nov 2018, p.68]
Sep 27, 2018Noname leaves little to no room for filler on Room 25, conveying a wide breadth of compelling ideas within 35 minutes. ... Though it can require attention to detail for her words to sink in, she gives off a feeling of effortless and whimsical grace as she speaks from a place of stark honesty over live instrumentation. A complete one-of-one act who continues to grow in real time outside of the limelight, Noname makes a subtle yet strong statement for women providing alternatives to one-dimensional rap archetypes.
Apr 22, 2019dense rap that rewards the listener more with multiple listens. jam packed with clever lyricism. noname is a brilliant writer. she evokes manydense rap that rewards the listener more with multiple listens. jam packed with clever lyricism. noname is a brilliant writer. she evokes many emotions and inspires me greatly.… Expand
Sep 17, 2018Every song adds something special to the album and demonstrates Noname's incredible ability to tell compelling stories. Telefone was an albumEvery song adds something special to the album and demonstrates Noname's incredible ability to tell compelling stories. Telefone was an album that I've listened to consistently for the last two years - with this new project, Noname manages to match, if not exceed, the bar this album left behind. This is not an album to be missed - a definite highlight of 2018.… Expand
Sep 17, 2018Congratulations Girl! You Made the Best album of the Year! I am a huge fan of Noname and this album is so true, so herself... I can’t describeCongratulations Girl! You Made the Best album of the Year! I am a huge fan of Noname and this album is so true, so herself... I can’t describe but I loved the lyrics, the production... there’s no bad sog… Expand
Jan 3, 2019This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Noname returns with (mostly playful) vengeance: "Y'all really thought a **** couldn’t rap, huh?" Room 25 is Noname's answer to that inquiry, without getting caught up in spelling it out for the listener (though, I don't think anybody was doubting her pen-skills after Telefone, anyway). The minimalist-yet-memorable elements, production-wise, in each song allow the listener to get lost in Noname's world for each song-length—and her lyrics complete the journey. There is both atmosphere and lyricism in each song—a rare juggling task for many rap artists—and, as a whole, the songs still manage to all go together perfectly.
Noname continues to write with purpose on Room 25. Her new experiences since Telefone come through beautifully, pain and pleasure alike. She remains a poet with the pen and an MC and lyricist on the mic.
I have only the one complaint that I'm never quite ready for "With You" to end.… Expand
Sep 21, 2018After Listening to Room 25 a few times, a great sense of relaxation is felt through not only the beats themselves, but the lyrics thatAfter Listening to Room 25 a few times, a great sense of relaxation is felt through not only the beats themselves, but the lyrics that accompany them. Noname's voice perfectly compliments the chilled out beats and flow of the tracks.
Although this is an impressively made album, it does feel like a lot of the tracks meld together and you get lost as to which track you are listening to. The similarities of the tracks sometimes works for artists, but with Noname, I think it takes away from her lyrical and techincal skill.… Expand
Sep 30, 2018Noname comes out with a one of a kind album.
Her melodic voice fits in a the great smooth jazzy production. Her lyrics are on great lettingNoname comes out with a one of a kind album.
Her melodic voice fits in a the great smooth jazzy production. Her lyrics are on great letting us dive into her life, letting us know her with personal rhymes.
The songs are direct and straight to the point, with no filler content every song holds on it's on story.
Where she fails in delivery she makes up funny, personal and really good lyrics and rhyme schemes.
Not something i was costumed to, when listening to rap, but really a good experience, definitely a good album.
Favorite Tracks: Blaxploitation, Window, Ace, Part of me
Least Favorite Tracks: Prayer Song, Regal… Expand
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