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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for rapper Earl Sweatshirt features guest appearances from Armand Hammer and Zelooperz.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jan 14, 2022
    100
    The rapping is impeccable, and the project doesn’t overstay its welcome.
  2. Jan 14, 2022
    90
    A fantastic release, ‘SICK!’ pushes Earl Sweatshirt into a new chapter of his work, while adding further context to what has come before. The production work is impeccable, its dizzying imaginative flurry the perfect hinge against Earl’s lyrical precision. Short but emphatically creative, it presents an entire universe to explore, with its finer details laying in wait for repeated listens.
  3. Jan 13, 2022
    86
    SICK! is a pure rap album, as only Earl Sweatshirt could deliver.
  4. 80
    Displaying an amazing musical ear, as he’s picked monstrously riveting instrumentals to rap confidently on, Earl Sweatshirt’s latest feat feels so effortlessly him. And there’s not much higher praise than that.
  5. Jan 18, 2022
    80
    Lucidity, seldom felt as strongly in the kaleidoscopic cacophony of 2018's Some Rap Songs and on the shadowy, spectral 2019 EP Feet of Clay, is at the core of SICK!
  6. Jan 18, 2022
    80
    Sick! emerges with musicality enhanced, full of strings, soul samples, arpeggiating pianos and vinyl crackle – sometimes, as on the immersive Vision and Tabula Rasa, all at once.
  7. Jan 21, 2022
    70
    Despite its scattered tone and occasionally underwhelming performances, though, Sick! is an important reminder of Earl’s skills as a poet of despair who’s unafraid to mine his own struggles in order to make sense of what’s happening around him.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jan 19, 2022
    10
    This album was phenomenal from start to finish. Earl did a really good job with this project. The replay value for this album is extremelyThis album was phenomenal from start to finish. Earl did a really good job with this project. The replay value for this album is extremely high for me easily. There was not a single track on this project that i didn't like at all. Expand
  2. Jan 16, 2022
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Earl has a more tuned and clear approach from the plate mash productions on feet of clay. I'm totally impressed and lovingly immersed in this new direction Expand
  3. Jan 14, 2022
    10
    Absolutely unbelievable. This could perhaps be Earl's strongest project to date. Everything from the introspective and dark lyrics, theAbsolutely unbelievable. This could perhaps be Earl's strongest project to date. Everything from the introspective and dark lyrics, the masterful production and even features just blow me away. It's been amazing to watch Earl grow as artist and this has just elevated his legacy further Expand
  4. Jan 14, 2022
    9
    I think to be really into this album u gotta love the more experimental and abstract bursts of creativity and conscious rhyme that Earl isI think to be really into this album u gotta love the more experimental and abstract bursts of creativity and conscious rhyme that Earl is influenced by. Things like MF Doom, A Tribe Called Quest, MIKE, Billy Woods etc. I found this album a lot more catchy, chaotic and enjoyable than 'some rap songs' just because I think the tracks slow in between each other a lot better. There isn't much hip-hop/rap out there that quiet sounds like this, the dense/scarce and rusty (almost industrial) production is quite unique event within this new-wave of abstract hip-hop. I dug it. Solid 9/10 (I do wish these projects were a lot longer) Expand
  5. Jan 17, 2022
    9
    Bro! Earl's sick! This the best music I've heard in a while, it doesn't feel forced
  6. Jan 14, 2022
    8
    Sick! isnt as cohesive as SRS, but it’s an improvement over Feet of Clay. Starts strong and ends strong, and Earl’s flows/beats are asSick! isnt as cohesive as SRS, but it’s an improvement over Feet of Clay. Starts strong and ends strong, and Earl’s flows/beats are as exciting as ever! Expand
  7. Jan 14, 2022
    5
    it was not that great for me. apart from "vision" and "tabula rasa" the rest of the album seemed a little too chaotic to me, lacking cohesionit was not that great for me. apart from "vision" and "tabula rasa" the rest of the album seemed a little too chaotic to me, lacking cohesion and purpose. Expand

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