Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Classic Rock Magazine
    Sep 4, 2019
    An extraordinary 11-track distillation of raw urban vitality that recaptures and resets the dizzying conversational street energy of 1972's On The Corner at the cutting edge of 80s soul. [Sep 2019, p.90]
  2. Sep 5, 2019
    When the talent is as huge a draw as Miles Davis, these feel unnecessary intrusions. This leaves us with an interesting album, but not a Davis classic, when it could have been.
  3. Uncut
    Sep 3, 2019
    Not all of it works--the ballads sag, and the reggaeton-influenced "Paradise" is ill-advised--but much of Miles's playing is on fire. [Oct 2019, p.45]
  4. Sep 12, 2019
    Though some of the high-tech production gadgetry sounds dated now, back in 1985 it was a fiercely contemporary record. But while time might have blunted its cutting edge, Rubberband, for all its flaws, still fascinates.
  5. 60
    Davis completists will grab this, but others may find there’s just not enough meat in the sandwich.
  6. Q Magazine
    Sep 3, 2019
    This late-period curio isn't one for the purists. ... A patchy affair. [Oct 2019, p.117]
  7. Mojo
    Sep 3, 2019
    Rubberband sounds too much like jazz's great disrupter chasing black-radio approval via The Human League. ... Rubberband is not a Great Lost Miles Davis Album. But it has a lot of great Miles Davis on it. [Oct 2019, p.101]
  8. Sep 3, 2019
    As so often in this late period, Davis’s playing is beguiling in bursts.
  9. 50
    The finish is messy, the mixing hops from decade to decade, and the album flow is nonexistent. There are a couple of great moments, especially “Rubberband”. But without those finer touches, it often doesn’t even sound like Miles Davis, just some dude blowing a horn.
  10. Sep 6, 2019
    While it was unfinished and framed in '80s studio tropes, their attempt to complete it with modern charts and muddy, hip-hop-styled mix weighs down what remains of the original proceedings.

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