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Earl Sweatshirt


First full-length album from LA-based rapper and member of hip hop collective Odd Future

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  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    This is knockabout punchline rap made into high art, a psychedelic visionquest to the taqueria on a skateboard
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  2. 9.0 |   Prefix

    Doris is an impressively cohesive, if uncommerical, effort
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  3. 9.0 |   Fact

    Earl is the youngest and most talented of a crew of young and talented rappers, and in the afterglow of Odd Future outrage, he’s the one who still has something to say
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  4. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    It's to Earl's credit that he's managed to make the music he wants to, even if it's more of a rapper's rap record than one of any major crossover appeal
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  5. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    It’s no guarantee that he won’t squander his considerable talent, but it’s a good place to start
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  6. 8.3 |   Pitchfork

    Earl favors droning, lumbering productions full of intriguing sound textures, but he pulls in enough curveballs to give the album a jerky energy
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  7. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Exciting confirmation that one of rap's most technically accomplished voices has also got his conceptual vision firmly in place
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  8. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    It’s a work as notable for its technical achievements as its nuanced themes, and that’s almost as impressive considering that so many artists lack in one or both of those fields
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  9. 8.0 |   Spin

    The minotaurs at the end of the corporate-radio labyrinth will have no idea what to do with this
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  10. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The beats remain dank and murky but the subject matter has thankfully left behind rape and murder narratives for the introspective and confessional
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  11. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Doris will likely stand tall as another step in the maturing and deepening of the Odd Future ethos and sound
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  12. 8.0 |   NME

    This is a powerful record
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  13. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    When Sweatshirt hits the high notes – and he hits plenty here – the only thing to do is sit back and marvel at his talent
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  14. 8.0 |   FasterLouder

    A fascinating release that finds one of Odd Future’s brattiest MCs in a contemplative mood
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  15. 8.0 |   Mojo

    There are perhaps too many guests, but this unassuming talisman clearly prefers sharing his space. Print edition only

  16. 8.0 |   Clash

    A disturbed and penetrating journey into the mind of the boy that came back from Samoa
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  17. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Doris represents one of the most innovative and important hip-hop releases of the year
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  18. 7.9 |   Billboard

    As with all of Odd Future projects, there's a cast of characters to familiarize yourself with to fully indulge in the music
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  19. 7.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    An enjoyable ride through a young MC deconstructing his own persona, and so long as the road to Earl finding his voice remains this entertaining, there’s more than enough reason to follow along
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  20. 7.5 |   The 405

    Where Doris goes 100% right is when you feel the him melding inextricably with the song, with his uncanny ability to manoeuvre in, around and through songs
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  21. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    His rhyme schemes are as complex as ever, and these resolutely unpop beats – sticky-icky sample collages from producers including Pharrell, RZA and himself – are an ideal canvas
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  22. 5.8 |   A.V. Club

    Dispassionate, at times almost deliberately underwhelming
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