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Drunk

Thundercat

Drunk

Third solo album from the LA-based bass player and Flying Lotus collaborator Stephen Bruner featuring guests appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Kenny Loggins, Wiz Khalifa, and Pharrell

ADM rating[?]

7.9

Label
Brainfeeder
UK Release date
24/02/2017
US Release date
24/02/2017
  1. 10.0 |   music OMH

    Listeners will love the sound of Drunk in the morning… and at noon and at night. It sounds like victory
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  2. 10.0 |   Crack

    This is Bruner’s boldest release, and it finds him at his most exposed. On Drunk, you are grabbed by the ankles and pulled into the rabbit hole of Bruner’s mind. It’s a dizzying ride
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  3. 9.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Thundercat’s endless charm holds Drunk together
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  4. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A joyful, crazy, substance-fuelled epic in an area where most of his contemporaries would take themselves endlessly seriously. Here, Bruner has harnessed all that into maybe his best record yet
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  5. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    No matter how many musicians he showcases, no matter how many sonic avenues he takes, no matter how many tracks he squeezes in, Thundercat sounds undeniably and defiantly like no other on Drunk
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  6. 8.6 |   Resident Advisor

    On Drunk's numerous vignettes, Bruner presents his extensive musical interests in an effortlessly relatable style
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  7. 8.5 |   The 405

    Lurking just beneath the eased groove of the album is a general malaise, a clear existential confusion that's both relatable and surprising beneath the warm exterior of the album
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  8. 8.5 |   Pitchfork

    The third album from bassist/songwriter Thundercat is whimsical and somber, funny and meaningful, sometimes all at once. Drunk's oddball soul confronts the challenge of just trying to live life
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  9. 8.4 |   Paste Magazine

    You can call Drunk yacht rock but only if the yacht in question can fly straight to the Andromeda Galaxy
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  10. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A lopsided wonderland of stoned soul
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  11. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    The only soundtrack you’ll need for the year of the ’Cat
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  12. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    It doesn’t all work. But when it does, it’s intoxicating
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  13. 8.0 |   NME

    As out-there as it can be, is an album totally high on its own unique ideas
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  14. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It’s because of the maniacal shifts in tone, its massive melting pot of sounds and Thundercat’s hysterical (sometimes in more ways than one) yet honest ramblings that Drunk will probably go down as his magnum opus
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  15. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Mesmeric and funk-fuelled
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  16. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    For some, ‘Drunk’ will feel like little more than a slight collection of half-written thoughts, but the more its lived with, the more it latches on to you
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  17. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    If there’s one man who could make a silly album sound this good, it’s Stephen Bruner
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  18. 8.0 |   Earbuddy

    Drunk’s length feels bloated at times even though some of its songs are merely snippets. However, its mood, textures, and songwriting are enough to get you the right kind of intoxicated
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  19. 8.0 |   A.V. Club

    It undulates like the spaced-out progressive soul of his work with Erykah Badu. Print edition only

  20. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Melancholic, futurist jazz-funk odyssey. Print edition only

  21. 7.8 |   Gig Soup

    Like a good drunk strips away social inhibitions, ‘Drunk’ presents an artist stripped of creative ones. It’s an enthralling trip

  22. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The bass virtuoso and guests prowl through instrumental genius and juvenile jokes
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  23. 7.5 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Drunk continues Thundercat’s slow ascent; his most ambitious work yet
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  24. 7.0 |   All Music

    Additional guests Kendrick, Pharrell, and Wiz Khalifa add to the star power, but the main attraction is Bruner's singular combination of tremulous yet fluid bass and aching falsetto
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  25. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    With Drunk, Thundercat has delivered a fascinatingly scattershot series of song fragments, snippets, and ideas perfectly suited to the increasingly limited, equally fragmented attention spans of modern listeners
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  26. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Patchy and unfiltered, but charming as all hell, it’s a candid reflection of its creator
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  27. 6.0 |   The FT

    The album tracks initially suggest urgency but then settle into a mellow west coast groove
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  28. 6.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Like an elegantly packaged bag of sour candy, it’s ornate business on the outside and bittersweet youthful abandon within
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  29. 5.0 |   The Quietus

    If your sense of humour is roughly in line with his, you too will probably walk away reasonably satisfied. Anyone who's been impressed by Thundercat's freaked deftness in more emotionally nuanced contexts, however, will likely find themselves nonplussed
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