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Fourth album and major label debut from the Minneapolis alternative hip-hop artist Melissa Jefferson

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  1. 10.0 |   The Independent

    This irresistible album is overflowing with love and gratitude to friends, family, lovers and fans
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  2. 9.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The best music she’s ever made
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  3. 8.0 |   NME

    Positivity reigns on the star's fourth album; a jubilant collection of confidence anthems and romantic serenades
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  4. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The pressure she claims to be feeling doesn’t show on an album that delivers melancholy anthems and Chic-y disco while revitalising the cliches of self-care and empowerment
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  5. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Lizzo’s fourth album feels like a party in your honour from the moment you press play
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  6. 8.0 |   DIY

    Lizzo’s breakthrough came in a blast of glitter-soaked celebration, then its follow-up might be more complex but it’s almost certainly the right move for the superstar to have made
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  7. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Her astonishing vocals and relatable lyrics remain a joy as the force-of-nature singer-songwriter picks up where Cuz I Love You left off
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  8. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Although inconsistent at times, Special contains enough effusive catchiness and unapologetic positivity to make it an enjoyable summer listen
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  9. 6.4 |   Pitchfork

    As the relentlessly positive artist ascends to pop culture ubiquity, her hook-filled and saccharine music feels increasingly boxed in by the Lizzo brand
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  10. 6.0 |   The FT

    The singer draws on Prince, hip-hop and positive thinking for her fourth record
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  11. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    For most songs on Special, there is a rawer, more real iteration somewhere else in Lizzo’s catalog. These are songs with the glossiest pop sheen steamrolled over them, erasing any wrinkles or mishaps – the exact thing that made her so endearing to begin with
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  12. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The closer “Coldplay” is a reminder that Lizzo could go all-out neo soul any time she wanted, and do it well
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  13. 5.5 |   PopMatters

    Lizzo’s Special is as much a celebration of the Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook cosmos as it is an in-person, post-Covid bacchana (Take 2, 7/10). Special is such a disappointment because you can hear the better album Lizzo is capable of making, but she insists on cranking out one-size-fits-all empowerment jam (Take 1, 4/10)
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  14. 5.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Aggressive optimism made Lizzo a beacon of positive energy in the years following Cuz I Love You — but on Special, her mission to lift everybody up dilutes her message with transparent attempts at casting her net as wide as possible.
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