Metacritic: 97 | Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. (17 reviews)

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METACRITIC SCORE: 97 (17 reviews)

http://www.metacritic.com/music/damn/kendrick-lamar

 

Entertainment Weekly - 100

 

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Kendrick Lamar's DAMN.: EW review

After delving into the personal on 2012’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city and going broader on Butterfly, Lamar has found a middle ground on DAMN. that yields some of his most emotionally resonant music yet.

 

The A.V. Club - 100

 

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Kendrick Lamar takes on all comers with the sharp, streamlined Damn.

Lamar trusts every idea to stand on its own. When you’re making art this substantial, vital, and virtuosic, there’s no need to wrap a tidy bow around it.

NOW Magazine - 100

 

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Kendrick Lamar spins a grand and complex narrative on DAMN.

Countless rappers claim to have transcended the game. Kendrick Lamar actually does. There’s the sense his ambitions on DAMN. are even larger, reaching toward something more universal, fateful even spiritual in its reach to find the link tying all contradictions together.

Pretty Much Amazing - 100

 

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Review: Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

This one is no less ambitious and rewarding than some of his previous entries.

 

The Guardian - 100

 

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Kendrick Lamar: Damn review – more mellow but just as angry

Whether Damn will have the same epochal impact as To Pimp a Butterfly remains to be seen, but either way it sounds like the work of a supremely confident artist at the top of his game.

The Telegraph (UK) - 100

 

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Kendrick Lamar is the star hip hop has been waiting for - Damn, review

From DNA’s punchy electro mantra about identity to LOVE’s tender sing-song reggae pop meditation on fickle emotions, DAMN is an album of surface sheen and hidden depths, where words and music operate in beautiful synchronicity, a constantly unfolding dance that lends each new approach a sense of investigation and revelation. It is dazzling.

Pitchfork - 92

 

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Kendrick Lamar - Damn

DAMN. is a widescreen masterpiece of rap, full of expensive beats, furious rhymes, and peerless storytelling about Kendrick’s destiny in America.

Paste Magazine - 91

 

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Album of the Day: Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

With DAMN., Kendrick Lamar plays by the rules and then sets the rule book on fire, and continues one of the most impressive run of albums of any artist in recent memory.

Rolling Stone - 90

 

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Review: Kendrick Lamar Remains Complex, Relentless on 'Damn.

Much like the recent A Tribe Called Quest record, Damn. is a brilliant combination of the timeless and the modern, the old school and the next-level. The most gifted rapper of a generation stomps into the Nineties and continues to blaze a trail forward.

The New York Times - 90

 

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Review: Kendrick Lamar’s Anxiety Leads to Joy and Jabs on New Album

Tart and punchy.... Sometimes boisterous, sometimes swampy, rarely fanciful album--it’s Mr. Lamar’s version of the creeping paranoia that has become de rigueur for midcareer Drake. And yet this is likely Mr. Lamar’s most jubilant album, the one in which his rhymes are the least tangled.

Spin - 90

 

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Review: On DAMN., Kendrick Lamar Is Not Your Prophet

Kendrick is at his best when he’s rapping through the abyss, and better when his flow pulls in rappers from times past.

Boston Globe - 90

 

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On ‘DAMN.,’ Kendrick Lamar wonders if he’s worthy. Yes, he is.

The album is a 55-minute blitz of thumping beats and head-spinning rhymes that blur by you before you have a chance to process them.

Slant Magazine - 90

 

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Kendrick Lamar - Damn

Clocking in at under an hour, the new album maintains its predecessor's varied sonic palette with a mishmash of stark trap flourishes and woozy, impressionistic melodies but also distills these sounds to an ear-wormy directness primed for your car speakers.

 

Chicago Tribune - 88

 

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Kendrick Lamar takes on life, death, near-misses and second chances in 'Damn.'

Damn. strips down the rhythms to their essence, flavored with the occasional cameo (notably Rihanna and U2). Lamar’s voice does most of the heavy lifting, playing multiple roles and characters. His supple singing complements a variety of rap tones and textures.

RapReviews.com - 85

 

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Kendrick Lamar - Damn

Trying to cherry-pick highlights from "DAMN." is an exercise in futility: practically every track is superb, more a matter of taste than anything else. It's simpler to isolate the one bum note: "God" sounds like an Akon joint from the mid-Noughties.

Sputnikmusic - 82

 

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Don't ask for your favourite rapper, he dead

DAMN. remedies a lot of its predecessor's mistakes and gives us something better--a Kendrick not seen since Section.80, throwing tonally and stylistically inconsistent songs together in a desperate scramble to tell us just what the **** he's feeling. It's slipshod, haphazard and rocky to listen to, and that's the Kendrick I've been missing for the past few years.

Exclaim - 60

 

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Kendrick Lamar - Damn

DAMN. is the first time in Lamar's career that he hasn't broken new ground, explored old themes in new ways or exhibited sonic growth.

 

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If he doesn't win AOTY this time... :ace:

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Come on acclaim!! :clap3: 

Ready for Rih getting that AOTY Grammy too 

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Commercial success + acclaim :jonny: 

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Even if it's not his best album and GKMC is way better, he deserves to win APTY this time for that album solely.

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He may just win this time. This album is more mainstream and easier to digest.

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12 minutes ago, NMiguelCosta said:

If he doesn't win AOTY this time... :ace:

 

5 minutes ago, Marvin said:

He may just win this time. This album is more mainstream and easier to digest.

he's gonna lose to Taylor Swift again

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2 minutes ago, artangel said:

 

he's gonna lose to Taylor Swift again

She's not releasing until Q4. He's safe from her this time around.

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1 minute ago, DangerousSwiftie said:

She's not releasing until Q4. He's safe from her this time around.

wheeew, and the pop girls are safe from her too then

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Legends only. :alexz:

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2 minutes ago, artangel said:

 

he's gonna lose to Taylor Swift again

She's not winning again

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2 minutes ago, artangel said:

 

he's gonna lose to Taylor Swift again

If Taylor releases in October as we all expect, she will not be eligible for the 2018 Grammys.

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3 minutes ago, artangel said:

 

he's gonna lose to Taylor Swift again

I know where her condo building is in Nashville. I just need the dynamite. 

 

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This deserves AOTY. And Loyalty, Element and DNA are songs of the decade. 

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Isn't it technically possible to have a score of over 100?

Sometimes the MC Score for the reviews is higher than each individual review. :rip:

 

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His album is a masterpiece. 

He's done it three times in a row now. :weeps: 

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41 minutes ago, artangel said:

 

he's gonna lose to Taylor Swift again

Do you really believe they'll award her for a third time?

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41 minutes ago, artangel said:

 

he's gonna lose to Taylor Swift again

I doubt they're giving her another AOTY, this album (so far) as been pretty quiet in regards of good mainstream music so maybe he can win it :cm: 

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15 minutes ago, St. Charles said:

Isn't it technically possible to have a score of over 100?

Sometimes the MC Score for the reviews is higher than each individual review. :rip:

 

Because they do weighted averages.

 

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God all these UK critics are so shady. The album is great but i'm sure they gave this 100s to be edgy.

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Should be an 81

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I could see him winning AOTY with this too

 

Lyrically it's still politically charged but albums like that won before when they had commercial success and that seems likely with this album.

 

But let me not, the Grammys let me down too many years in a row

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Let the acclaim pour in :clap3: 

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44 minutes ago, Marvin said:

She's not winning again

This . Adele and Taylor will never win an AOTY again.

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