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Dr. Dre


First album for sixteen years from the influential hip hop artist and producer Andre Young is a companion piece to the new N.W.A biopic

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  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    If this is an epitaph, we’ll remember him as a titan straddling decades, a man in some ways bigger than hip-hop
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  2. 10.0 |   Gig Soup

    A brilliantly constructed masterpiece that will undoubtedly join the upper echelons of great hip-hop albums
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  3. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Solidifies Dre's already ironclad claims to all-time status. Not only does Compton make you forget about Detox, it also makes sure you won't ever forget about Dre
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  4. 8.8 |   Pitchfork

    Musically, the album is a reminder that Dre's palette and appetite for sound has always been eclectic, and rather than retread, we hear him pushing into new territory
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  5. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The monolith is built brick-by-brick — and with souls. This is how you do the final episode
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  6. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Compton is a victory lap for a rap mogul whose music landed him at the center of a tech giant
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  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The results are often jaw dropping
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  8. 8.0 |   The Independent

    There’s simply too much happening on Compton, suggesting a renewed engagement with both production and frontline talent, for Dre to hang up his headphones just yet
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  9. 8.0 |   The Observer

    There is a demob-happy feel to much of Compton’s aural landscape, full of piano and brass, but enduringly bouncy
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  10. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    An album by turns confounding and enthralling. It's no Detox. It's something realer, and better
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  11. 8.0 |   The 405

    Serving as more than just the nostalgic release that many expected it to be, Compton carries Dr. Dre back into spotlight from the boardroom on his own terms, with his own verification
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  12. 8.0 |   NOW

    Dre’s voice is gruff and tough but has a slightly weary cadence amplified by the deepest, most expansive bass sounds in hip-hop
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  13. 8.0 |   Clash

    As an argument for that now famous district in South Los Angeles and its continued importance and centrality to hip-hop, it’s forceful and convincing
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  14. 8.0 |   State

    This may be our last appointment with the good Doctor but it is much like a prostrate exam. Briefly uncomfortable in parts, but much needed and we’re all a lot better off because of it
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  15. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    An hour-long demonstration that Dr Dre’s skills as producer and curator alike are still as potent as ever: so potent, that you can’t help but hope he’s bluffing about it being his grand finale
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  16. 8.0 |   Beardfood

    His own rapping is solid, but it's all about the new generation helmed by Kendrick
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  17. 8.0 |   Q

    Dre might have nothing left to prove, but he's proving it anyway. Print edition only

  18. 8.0 |   The Music

    Dre has created a brilliant, widescreen synopsis of his beloved city
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  19. 8.0 |   Time Out

    This is a man reflecting on life and his career – and it sounds fantastic
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  20. 7.5 |   Crack

    An album that’s full of exhilarating theatrics but never maintains focus
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  21. 7.5 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Compton is an exceptional, big-budget rap album up-and-down
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  22. 7.5 |   PopMatters

    Review 1: "a rapper/producer that started in the '80s raps and produces a surprisingly good album three decades later." Review 2: "a flawed masterpiece"
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  23. 7.0 |   NME

    A masterclass in contemporary hip-hop let down by lyrical nastiness
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  24. 7.0 |   Spin

    Compton doesn’t need to exist, but it does, and that it’s actually pretty good and fresh in a year brimming with vibrant, relevant young voices, says something:
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  25. 6.8 |   Paste Magazine

    Few people have likely ever listened to Dr. Dre albums to hear Dr. Dre himself, but on Compton it’s hard not to listen for him
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  26. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It's Dre's attempt at a cohesive whole without any real memorable music
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  27. 6.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Even though it fails to make a clear artistic statement, it houses some of the finest hip-hop production Dre has turned in for years
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  28. 5.0 |   The Quietus

    While some aspects of Compton are hard to swallow on first listen, this is no doubt due to the listener's inability to make the instantaneous transit between different decades that spans the rappers career
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