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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith features guest appearances from ASAP Rocky and Raury.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Nov 21, 2017
    82
    A lot of the otherworldly iterations might make it difficult for some of his peers to grasp, especially if you don’t have the time to properly digest it. SYRE requires patience, a thorough listen and acute attention to detail otherwise it’s just going to sound like a strange pontification on existentialism that the casual listener simply doesn’t have the time to decipher.
  2. Nov 21, 2017
    80
    At first listen, the album is scattered and slightly exhausting; it takes several attempts to make sense of everything you're hearing, and some listeners may run out of the patience required to dissect it all. Those with a longer attention span, though, will find SYRE a very promising debut that offers new delight with every play.
  3. Dec 6, 2017
    70
    As a debut, it has enough standout moments to pique interest in a future when Smith could stand toe to toe with his many inspirations.
  4. The Wire
    Dec 19, 2017
    70
    He might be a slightly better rapper [than his father Will], he’s certainly a more adventurous artist and the fact that he’s a product of his generation shouldn’t detract from that. [Jan 2018, p.78]
  5. 60
    The record isn’t weighed down by its ideas--it could just do with a filter, a producer with more sway, or even someone in the process to say: “Actually Jaden, mate--most trees are green.”
  6. Nov 21, 2017
    51
    While there are some musical highlights--like the 8-bit ambience of the Ricky Eat Acid-produced title-track--the album is constantly in pursuit of a voice it never finds. Which highlight Smith’s writing, some of the worst in rap this year. His lyrics are crass and half-baked and insulting to one’s intelligence.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Sep 5, 2019
    10
    U and Ninety are just two masterpieces, that two songs might be the best ones in the project
  2. Nov 22, 2017
    9
    For a debut album from a 19 year old, this is insanely well done.
    People complain about the corny lyrics, however there are moments here
    For a debut album from a 19 year old, this is insanely well done.
    People complain about the corny lyrics, however there are moments here where Jaden shines lyrically. Overall, there is room for growth but remember that this is his debut album. With time, we can definitely expect to see improvements in lyricism.
    As far as production goes, this album probably has some of the best for the year. Lido did his thing, alongside the other producers involved.
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  3. Nov 24, 2017
    8
    I'm tired of seeing reviews saying he's weak lyrically. Yes his lyrics is not his strength but the fact that a 19 year old can even make dueI'm tired of seeing reviews saying he's weak lyrically. Yes his lyrics is not his strength but the fact that a 19 year old can even make due with this production and have great lyrical MOMENTS in a debut project like this, is insane. His charisma, thoughts, and flow keeps you engaged alone, but trust me as he gets older his lyrics will upgrade as well.
    A strong debut, i'll give it a 7.5 on a good day 8/10 i've always been a casual fan but this made me into an official one.
    Highlights: B,L,U,E, Falcon, Ninety, Lost Boy, Icon, Fallen
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  4. Jun 15, 2018
    7
    I never had high hopes for this album, and it really impressed me. It has great production value and it feels so good to listen to... NeverI never had high hopes for this album, and it really impressed me. It has great production value and it feels so good to listen to... Never mind the lyrics seeming a little off here and there, I really liked this debut. He's only 19 and I bet he'll make himself a pretty damn good rapper in the future.

    Highlights: "U", "E", "Falcon", "Ninety", "Icon", "Fallen"
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  5. Dec 16, 2017
    7
    Nem sempre o ditado "filho de peixe, peixinho é" é válido para algumas famílias, mas para aqueles que têm o sobrenome Smith parece ser umaNem sempre o ditado "filho de peixe, peixinho é" é válido para algumas famílias, mas para aqueles que têm o sobrenome Smith parece ser uma verdade absoluta. Além dos pais e a irmã que lançou um álbum esse ano, Jaden Smith também é uma força que deve ser reconhecida. Recentemente, o jovem de apenas dezenove anos lançou o seu primeiro álbum intitulado SYRE, mostrando que existe um rapper talentoso nascendo mesmo ainda inexperiente e cometendo alguns erros.

    Primeiro álbum da sua carreira, SYRE mostra que Jaden Smith é um dos primeiros nomes a alcançar o grande mainstream a ser diretamente influenciado pelos dois maiores nomes do rap da atualidade: Drake e, principalmente, Kendrick Lamar. Assim sendo, a produção do álbum dá para a sonoridade do rapper uma característica de querer ser mais que apenas rap/hip hop e, sim, um trabalho que possa se expandir em vários gêneros, criando uma atmosfera rica e trabalhada que consegue criar arte daquilo que era considerado um gênero de segunda classe. Ao não seguir o caminho mais fácil do atual rap/hip hop e entregar batidas perfeitas para as paradas fica fácil notar que Jaden tem mais maturidade que a maioria dos artistas da sua faixa etária. Essa influência vinda diretamente de Lamar é muito bem vida, mas Jaden ainda precisar aparar todas as arestas soltas que atrapalham o resultado final. Preso nessa vontade de soar grandioso, significativo e com uma sensação de urgência, SYRE soa pretensioso quando deveria soar orgânico e fluido. Parece que Jaden quer soar mais importante e profundo do que é de verdade, resultando no rapper dando uma mordida maior que consegue engolir. Entretanto, quando essa grandiosidade pensada funciona da maneira que deveria temo alguns momentos realmente interessantes como a canção que introduz o trabalho: dividida em quatro faixas cada uma intitulada com uma das letras da palavra BLUE, a canção funciona em todos os sentidos, principalmente em soar natural e parece estar no local certo. Quando quer ser mais do que aparece ser encontramos a longuíssima Lost Boy que poderia ter sido cortado em uns sete minutos para funcionar. Esse problema também parece acometer a parte temática do álbum.

    Balanceado a influência do Drake e do Lamar, Jaden transita bem entre as narrações sobre as angústias humanas e as reflexões sobre a vida, especificamente sobre racismo. Todavia, apesar de bem escritas, ainda falta para o rapper saber como explorar esses temas da melhor forma para conseguir aliar a beleza estética pop com a profundidade necessária para refletir verdadeiramente sobre esses temas, pois, por enquanto, várias vezes o trabalho soa como um lamento de uma pobre garoto rico. É interessante o que Jaden poderá fazer no futuro depois de amadurecer já que, apesar dos erros, as composições guardam relances de um artista muito interessante. Assim também é em relação ao Jaden como rapper: apesar de soar sem muita personalidade definida, o jovem possui muito espaço para desenvolver o seu instrumento e isso é uma característica que, por enquanto, está a favor dele. Mesmo com erros aqui e ali, SYRE é um sólido debut para Jaden Smith, ajudando a criar uma promessa que pode ir além das suas origens.
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  6. Nov 25, 2017
    6
    After months of teasing "SYRE", Jaden has finally delivered. The most obvious aspect of this album is it's production, characterized by veryAfter months of teasing "SYRE", Jaden has finally delivered. The most obvious aspect of this album is it's production, characterized by very soft, mellow synths and glitzy trap rhythms, exemplified nicely on the first four songs which start "SYRE" off in a sonically epic way. The first half continues the album's story on tracks like "Hope" and "Lost Boy", which show Jaden emotionally detailing very relatable personal struggles with his romantic life. Other's like "Breakfast" and "Falcon" feature denser, more colorful sound pallets, over which he spits lines about his flow being "Call Of Duty prestige" or dealing with his haters. While most of the songs sound very polished and fleshed out thanks to the production, they are sometimes very poorly structured and feel overly long. "Batman" starts off the second half of the album, on which we get harder, more aggressive cuts that sadly sound awkward thanks to Jaden's writing and delivery, most notably on the very "Yeezus"-like "Watch Me" or the tired sounding "Rapper". The concept also seems to fall off, as the titular character's journey seems pushed aside up until the last track, where his story of love and loss gets tied up somewhat well. The music pales on the later cuts as well, with exceptions like "Icon" and "Fallen". Considering the quality production and Jaden's obvious passion for the various themes and subjects across "SYRE", it's easy to get lost in the music, but too often do his imperfections halt the overall mood. He's still got a long way to go, but this is an enjoyable, if slightly underwhelming start.
    Favorites: "B", "U", "Hope", "Falcon", "Fallen"
    Least Favorites: "Batman", "Watch Me", "Rapper"
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  7. Nov 25, 2017
    4
    Young nineteen-year-old Jaden Smith's new album Syre is an album full of corny lyrics but however heavy and decent production. Certain tracksYoung nineteen-year-old Jaden Smith's new album Syre is an album full of corny lyrics but however heavy and decent production. Certain tracks didn't deserve to be on the album but however it is a take on Jaden's landing in the rap industry.

    Favourites: U, L

    Eh: Icon, George Jeff, Falcon, B L U E.

    Just no: Lost Boy, Icon, Batman, Watch Me, Fallen.
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