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86

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  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. Jan 21, 2022
    82
    It is brief, for sure, but it is packed with densely packaged rhymes and rewarding musical numbers that are majestic.
  5. Jan 13, 2022
    81
    Sick! doesn’t recontextualize the genre in the same way Some Rap Songs did, but it’s an act of self-revolution. It magnifies a newly assured Earl Sweatshirt, skin shed and free to ascend.
  6. Jan 26, 2022
    80
    This is the most esoteric, thinking-person’s cloud rap album I’ve heard since Shabazz Palaces’ Black Up, and I mean that in the most endearing, complimentary way possible.
  7. Jan 25, 2022
    80
    The album takes a more digestible approach than its predecessor, Feet of Clay; while still heavy on metaphors and wordplay, it’s not buried under cryptic mystique, allowing one of rap’s most prominent enigmas to come out of the shadows.
  8. Jan 18, 2022
    80
    Sharp, direct, and fluid in a way that's almost supernatural, Sick! perfectly conveys the duality of frustration and drive to persevere that arises from living through exceptionally difficult times.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Jan 14, 2022
    80
    On his most legible album, he’s actively engaged in dismantling what it means for rappers to go in, and to evolve as artists. Without punchlines, hooks, eccentric beats, and flashy flows, he finds ways to astound and delight, avoiding gimmicks as well as grandstanding.
  13. Jan 14, 2022
    80
    They offer the promise of something more perhaps in the future, with richer, bolder production: another tantalising glimpse of Earl’s unique and enduring charm.
  14. 80
    SICK! carries the ever-popular lo-fi vibe as well as a blend of stellar hip-hop. Artists utilising lockdown as a creative direction is not uncommon these days, however Sweatshirt’s attempt carries a distinct sense of realness.
  15. 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.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 47
  2. Negative: 5 out of 47
  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. Full Review »
  2. Jan 18, 2022
    10
    Another modern masterpiece in the making, the generally abrasive, off-kilter style of "Sick!" both lyrically and musically certainly won't beAnother modern masterpiece in the making, the generally abrasive, off-kilter style of "Sick!" both lyrically and musically certainly won't be for everyone, but those on the same wavelength as Earl will find a record every bit as urgently, fascinatingly restless and chaotic as the social and political turmoil of the last two years forming the core of its inspiration.

    Choice Cuts: "2010," "Vision (feat. Zelooperz)," "Tabula Rasa (feat. Armand Hammer)"
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  3. Jan 15, 2022
    8
    Earl sweatshirt