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7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. Mar 25, 2014
    4
    Sisyphus is a rebellion. A rebellion against the standard to which many of us die hard Sufjan Stevens fans have come to hold after such a fantastic discography. He was already distracted and obsessive with the sounds of glitch and auto tune within Age of Adz and has far left his folk origins. Though this time he enters into the genre of minimalist and deconstructed hip hop - and primarilySisyphus is a rebellion. A rebellion against the standard to which many of us die hard Sufjan Stevens fans have come to hold after such a fantastic discography. He was already distracted and obsessive with the sounds of glitch and auto tune within Age of Adz and has far left his folk origins. Though this time he enters into the genre of minimalist and deconstructed hip hop - and primarily only as a compliment. Yet, the core of what hip hop, or dare I say rap, holds in highest esteem, it's beats, are not executed well to any extent. What you're left with is strictly under thought lyrics that sound as if though a previously Christian teenager wishes to upset Mommy and Daddy by over emphasizing his new found appreciation for the F-word. I understand it's important for an artist to "boldly" venture off into differing genres so they don't become "stagnant" or "unimaginative", but it's also very import to stick to what you're good at. I mean, in my honest opinion, I bought the album because it had the name Sufjan Stevens on it, but it certainly didn't hold a candlestick to what Sufjan Stevens used to stand for. I would've been better off buying a Tyler the Creator album. All in all, before this review gets too long, the album is wishy-washy and amateur. Easily reproducible by anybody familiar with garage band software. Expand
  2. Apr 23, 2014
    7
    First off let me say, this album is far from perfect, but still, i can't help but love its boldness for one, and the fun display of just downright absurdness or weirdness, however you call it. What this album does great is genre blending, seeing as it brings three very different musicians together. It blends these various genres of hip hop and pop together nicely.
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64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Mojo
    Jul 11, 2014
    60
    [The album] features twisty, full-produced beats, but sounds more like a set of disjointed songs than a cohesive album. [Aug 2014, p.96]
  2. Jun 2, 2014
    50
    There are occasional moments of inventiveness, but unfortunately, they are often marred by songs that often feel like they’re going to rend at the seams under the weight of too many ideas.
  3. May 30, 2014
    60
    Sisyphus is ultimately as off the wall a release as you’ll likely encounter this year.