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Dirty Gold

Angel Haze

Dirty Gold

Debut album from the Detroit-born, New York-based hip hop rapper gets an earlier release than planned after she leaked it herself on Soundcloud

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  1. 8.0 |   Art Rocker

    Although the production is a lot more glossy, polished and commercial than that of her previous mixtapes there is still a lot of grit and attitude in the music
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  2. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    It's a flawed debut, but it's also a brave and individual one: its best bits are flatly great, its attempt to harness pop-rap to serious topics is a pretty intrepid move
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  3. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Haze’s relatability becomes swamped by over-familiar, cheesy signifiers that almost detract from her sincerity. But that sincerity, when it does break through, is blistering
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  4. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Dirty Gold is plenty inviting, sonically speaking, with patches of rock, EDM, and pop
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  5. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    All in all, Dirty Gold is a solid first major-label album, one that is graced with several moments of brilliance
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  6. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Anthems for doomed youth from ambitious New York rapper. Print edition only

  7. 6.5 |   The 405

    an album rife with silver-tongued lyrics – on that front, there's not really many who can contend with her – but perhaps her choice of beat-merchants could do with a tune-up
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  8. 6.0 |   Clash

    When the time came to bring others into the mix to take things that step further, she went and slipped on a banana skin of her own peeling
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  9. 6.0 |   Time Out

    There’s much more of a pop focus on the album than you might expect from Haze’s previous material, like her brilliantly edgy ‘New York’ EP
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  10. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    A strong, brave, robust slew of pop-rap
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  11. 6.0 |   Mojo

    The purity of her intent speaks volumes. Print edition only

  12. 5.9 |   Pitchfork

    Dirty Gold is best when Haze puts her pop aspirations aside and just lets it rip
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  13. 5.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Haze and her production team have creative ideas and the means to realise them on record. They simply distract themselves trying to turn a rapper into a pop star
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  14. 5.0 |   A.V. Club

    A laboured crossover grab that mistakes conviction for substance
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  15. 5.0 |   Spin

    While Haze's rapping style is anchored, she transmits her influences too well, with a dexterity that can come off as unoriginality or even mimicry
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  16. 5.0 |   God Is In The TV

    There is no denying that she is super talented and could probably go toe to toe with many male rappers enjoying commercial success right now
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  17. 4.0 |   Fact

    The production across Dirty Gold is ultimately blaring white noise drowning out the inner voice that Haze seemed, amongst her dance-rap contemporaries, alone in having
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