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New Blue Sun

André 3000

New Blue Sun

Debut solo album from OutKast's André Benjamin and his first release in 17 years is an instrumental album featuring a variety of flutes

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  1. 9.2 |   Northern Transmissions

    In its entirety, André 3000’s latest creation is destined to be a polarizing masterpiece, generating complex feelings and visions — because, after all, great artwork is meant to do just that
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  2. 8.3 |   Pitchfork

    The rapper and now flautist’s debut solo album is an 87-minute devotional to new age, ambient jazz, and spiritual discovery. It’s beautiful, demanding, and among the most fascinating artistic left turns in recent memory
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  3. 8.3 |   Paste Magazine

    The OutKast superstar’s debut album takes an experimental approach across a series of woodwind soundscapes
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  4. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    New Blue Sun is not the best ambient record you can hear in 2023. .... However, New Blue Sun will probably be the only ambient record many people do hear in 2023, and it’s great that such a lively, sumptuous album gets the gig
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  5. 8.0 |   Spill Magazine

    Despite its peaceful tone, there is a level of danger and risk behind the spontaneity and experimental nature that comes from the absence of conventional genres and structures on New Blue Sun that allows for the brilliance and unmatched creativity of André 3000 to shine
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  6. 7.0 |   All Music

    New Blue Sun is probably not the André 3000 solo debut most OutKast fans had expected or hoped for, but it does continue the integrity and spirit of his creative journey, in a way that's fittingly bizarre and beautiful
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  7. 6.0 |   Clash

    Whether it’s the meanderings of an internet-savvy millionaire or the crucial work of a modern day ambient auteur is perhaps in the eye of the beholder. For now, we can turn on, tune in, and… relax
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  8. 6.0 |   musicOMH

    Already one of 2023’s most discussed records, the former Outkast man’s return matches infectious experimentation with an otherworldly vibe
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  9. 6.0 |   The FT

    The former OutKast member surprises with long, hallucinatory tracks that conjure the neo-hippy milieu of California
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  10. 6.0 |   The Observer

    On his first album in almost two decades, the Outkast rapper re-emerges with a collection of flute-led instrumentals that are characteristically otherworldly
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