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  • Artist(s): BadBadNotGood
  • Summary: The debut release from the collaboration between Ghostface Killah and the Toronto jazz/hip-hop band BADBADNOTGOOD features guest appearances from Danny Brown, DOOM, Elzhi, and Tree.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Feb 17, 2015
    90
    Sour Soul is sublime. Rather than standing around starstruck, BBNG have more than proven their worth as Ghostface’s backing band.
  2. The Independent (UK)
    Feb 23, 2015
    80
    Wu-Tang's most reliable rhymer here hooks up with Toronto hip-hop jazz trio Badbadnotgood, whose vibes, piano and grooves, augmented occasionally with strings, drape a 1970s symphonic-soul sound around his street missives. [21 Feb 2015, p.18]
  3. Feb 24, 2015
    80
    Sour Soul is an evening album, like all good jazz albums should be. The kind you turn on over lamplight or bump on your headphones.
  4. Mar 18, 2015
    78
    Sour Soul eschews the Tony Starks comic book concept narrative of the past two efforts in favor of some good old-fashioned coke rap and braggadocio.
  5. Mar 10, 2015
    70
    Sour Soul isn't the best album in Ghostface's discography, but it is a fine effort.
  6. Feb 24, 2015
    70
    In James Bond terms, Sour Soul is the almost addendum-ish Quantum of Solace as it offers adventurous fans the same opportunities for a quick fix while sacrificing a bit of weight. In Toronto jazz terms, it's verygoodgoodnotbad.
  7. Feb 24, 2015
    60
    The production is top-notch, but Ghost rarely shifts into uncharted lyrical territory, holding back Sour Soul's otherwise consistent production.

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  1. Mar 15, 2021
    10
    Clearly an underrated album. BADBADNOTGOOD manage to produce varied electrifying tracks with some truly interesting tricks, formula andClearly an underrated album. BADBADNOTGOOD manage to produce varied electrifying tracks with some truly interesting tricks, formula and switches. On the other side Ghostface Killah offers us his traditional job: certainly great but surely not brand new and original. The fusion between the rapper and the jazz band is simply fantastic. All the guests are interesting and their presences are truly consistent with the overall atmosphere of 'Sour Soul'. MF Doom (Rest in peace lyrical genius) did an amzing job (as always). I just love how these rappers also let BBNG's instruments speak from themselves and don't rhyme on every bar.

    The instrumental version of 'Sour Soul' also is a gem as you can listen to it and feel different emotions than those of the original version. This album is focused, intriguing, striking, audacious and never-heard before. It is strong, long enough to remain breathtaking but not too long to be boring nor redundant. It gives me the energy I need every time I listen to it just like an inexhaustible source of pure water.
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  2. Mar 2, 2015
    10
    Although Critically under-acclaimed. This is definitely one of the more interesting hip-hop releases of the year thus far, with instrumentalAlthough Critically under-acclaimed. This is definitely one of the more interesting hip-hop releases of the year thus far, with instrumental highlights. The only inconsistency is Ghostfaces flow and the lack of material. Expand
  3. May 30, 2015
    10
    It is absurd to hear the negative critisizm here on this page about the Sour soul project. Sour Soul, by far is the best album of the year toIt is absurd to hear the negative critisizm here on this page about the Sour soul project. Sour Soul, by far is the best album of the year to me in any category being that I am a HipHop / Rap fan first, and from the West Coast Gardena California Harbor Are to be exact. Beats are sick, clarity sick, Ghost always sick. And what Ghost has been doing with these guys and 12 reasons etc. is innovating and awesome. It gets no better for the HipHop world. Simply extraordinary. To hear he failed to stay on course or WHATEVER,,IS B******T!! Those critics need to go back to the books and recognize game and understand what the game lacks,, and thats originality,,,and GHOST hit it on the nail. GhostFace #1 in my books dawG..ONE!! Expand
  4. Dec 31, 2015
    8
    You want an album that you can vibe out to with great instrumentation and a great rapper, plus good feature artists? Ghostface Killah andYou want an album that you can vibe out to with great instrumentation and a great rapper, plus good feature artists? Ghostface Killah and BADBADNOTGOOD do just that.

    Highlights include "Gunshowers" ft. Elzhi and "Six Degrees" ft. Danny Brown where we are treated with smooth instrumentation and straight up spittin'. The album takes time to cooldown on instrumental tracks like "Stark's Reality" and closes off strong with the beautiful two hit combo "Food" and "Experience".

    The only "flaw" to this album is that some songs are real slowburners, like "Mind Playing Tricks". "Street Knowledge" ft. Tree is another. The instant Tree comes on you'll feel like you have just smoked a dozen pure joints.

    Sour Soul is one great album to vibe out to and the chemistry between the artists here is amazing.

    Fav Tracks: Gunshowers, Six Degrees, Food, Mono, Stark's Reality
    Least Fav Track: Mind Playing Tricks
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  5. Feb 26, 2015
    8
    It's not really an album of substance, but it's a worthwhile album nonetheless. Badbadnotgood are the perfect sonic background for Ghostface,It's not really an album of substance, but it's a worthwhile album nonetheless. Badbadnotgood are the perfect sonic background for Ghostface, and though the lyrics never really break into substantially interesting territory, he's still got a wonderful sense for flow, especially on the slower jam "Tone's Rap." Expand
  6. Jan 31, 2016
    8
    When this collaboration was announced, I thought: “What a perfect match.” Ghostface Killah, of course, is the preeminent storyteller of theWhen this collaboration was announced, I thought: “What a perfect match.” Ghostface Killah, of course, is the preeminent storyteller of the Wu-Tang Clan, who then went off to record some of the previous decade’s most important hip hop albums; BADBADNOTGOOD (BBNG), on the other hand, are an improvisational post-bop trio who, along with their traditional jazz work, produce and cover hip hop tracks. The spirit of “Sour Soul” lets Ghostface spit sociopolitical verses overtop an expertly-written jazz piece, and it’s as good as it sounds. Featured on this album are fun fellows like Detroit rapper Danny Brown, who has one of the best verses on the whole project, and MF DOOM, whose popularity among alt-hip hop cannot be questioned. “Sour Soul” is an effective pairing of two distant schools of music, and future artists should take note for their, and our, own sakes. Expand
  7. Mar 26, 2015
    7
    The most disappointing thing about this record is the undeniable knowledge that Starks is capable of so much more. Enjoyable beats, but callowThe most disappointing thing about this record is the undeniable knowledge that Starks is capable of so much more. Enjoyable beats, but callow lyrical content makes for a lack of replay value - perhaps he's saving his best bars for a collaborative LP with the super-lyrical MF DOOM. Expand

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