Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

Nicki Minaj

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

Second album of rap and pop from the Trinidad-born MC from Queens, New York, following up the hype from her early mixtapes

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  1. 8.5 |   BBC

    Cements Minaj’s reputation as a truly unique entity
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  2. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    You can see Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded as a great rap album dragged down by pandering, but you could equally see it as a triumph that one of the biggest pop records of the year leads off with a half-dozen tracks of blistering, filthy, idea-jammed hip-hop
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  3. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    If you believe that art and commerce and provocation and fun – and hip- hop and disco and teen pop – can all be one and the same, here's a record for you
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  4. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Another kaleidoscopic look into Nicki’s world, a place where a euphoric, tough, glitzy wash of pop, hip-hop, r’n’b and disco attracts all and sundry
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  5. 7.4 |   Paste Magazine

    Minaj is a true fame monster, and pop culture is blessed to have her gleefully upending expectations and conventions
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  6. 7.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Another decent but disappointing album from someone who could do so much better
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  7. 6.7 |   Pitchfork

    On all of these songs, Nicki is dartboard focused-- she's rapping harder here than on almost anything from Pink Friday
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  8. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    While Roman Reloaded is certainly more confident than the too-safe Pink Friday, Minaj might need to mature a couple more albums’ worth before she’s capable of wrangling the many Nickis into coherence
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  9. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Roman Reloaded's triumphs all come early, on the album's hip-hop front end. In full flow, Minaj remains a delight
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  10. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Alternates between exuberant chart pop and sparse, low-slung beats and pottymouthed bragging
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  11. 6.0 |   The Independent

    The first half finds her in hardcore hip-hop mode, swapping filthy single-entendres with Lil Wayne
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  12. 5.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Minaj has always been about dressing-up, much like the Barbie doll that she has adopted as her icon, and here she dons almost every musical style of contemporary pop that there is. Surprisingly this works, but only with songs are as eccentric and excessive as Minaj
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  13. 5.0 |   NME

    '…Roman Reloaded' is all over the place
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  14. 5.0 |   The Quietus

    Considering that even Beyonce albums are persistently patchy, a single giant mass of soon-to-be-hits is a frightening sign of things to come - she's here for good, it seems
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  15. 4.2 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Her sophomore album is a victim of too many hands reaching into her honey hole, the green she busted her ass for
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  16. 4.0 |   No Ripcord

    If Pink Friday’s main fault was that it tried to tick too many boxes, then Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded repeats that mistake and then some
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  17. 4.0 |   The Scotsman

    In trying to muscle in on the tween market, Nicki Minaj has neglected the most important part of her otherwise engaging act – writing songs
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  18. 4.0 |   State

    A distasteful concoction of divisive ingredients
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  19. 4.0 |   AU Review

    At a bloated 19 tracks, making it to the end of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded kills any goodwill its opening act garners
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  20. 3.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Most of the songs are just too generic and referential to read as an extension of anyone's ego, alter or otherwise
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  21. 2.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Like so much of life, the record failed because it lost its way
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  22. 1.0 |   PopMatters

    Seems to be the result of no one being brave enough to tell Minaj enough is enough
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