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Gang Signs & Prayer

Stormzy

Gang Signs & Prayer

Debut studio album from the London-born grime MC who won Best Grime Act at the 2014 and 2015 MOBO Awards

ADM rating[?]

7.8

Label
#Merky Records
UK Release date
24/02/2017
US Release date
24/02/2017
  1. 10.0 |   NME

    A knockout debut that’s brash and pensive in equal measure
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  2. 10.0 |   DIY

    If Skepta’s ‘Konnichiwa’ was grime’s breakthrough, ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ is its blockbuster
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  3. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    This is a record of remarkable range and often startling beauty, crystalised on ‘Lay Me Bare’ – its stunning final track
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  4. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Feels like one of 2017’s most exciting, fascinating and emotionally involving albums
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  5. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    While there’s still plenty of the fast-paced, witty bragging that fast-tracked him to stardom, it’s on the closing Lay Me Bare that he really surprises, displaying palpable anger towards his estranged father
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  6. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Teeming with original ideas
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  7. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Mostly, this is an emphatic debut from a rapper that could take Grime to commercial heights it’s rarely seen
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  8. 8.0 |   The Observer

    He MCs in a hyperactive yelp that goes from real umbrage to the self-righteous half-squeak patented by the young Dizzee
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  9. 8.0 |   The FT

    Prayerful numbers underpin the various moods: a gospel-influenced look back at the MC’s hard upbringing balanced between Old Testament anger and a New Testament desire for redemption
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  10. 8.0 |   Q

    It demands to be heard. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   music OMH

    This is the work of a man who is comfortable pushing his craft to the limits and blurring the boundaries. It’s not perfect – it’s too disjointed for that bold tag – but the ambition is extraordinary
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  12. 8.0 |   Crack

    The release of GSAP is a monumental moment for UK music
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  13. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Stormzy brings a great deal to the table. What he does next is certainly worth waiting for
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  14. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    The strength of this young man’s work is likely to see him add far more to his mantelpiece over the next twelve months
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  15. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    A detailed portrait and full-throated riot, switching between clapping back at lesser rappers and the serving up smoothed-out Quiet Stormzy
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  16. 7.5 |   The 405

    For those concerned over which category to file Stormzy under now, he’s distinctly laid it out for you. He's just Big Mikey - Abigail’s yout but God's son
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  17. 7.0 |   Clash

    Occasionally it feels like it veers too suddenly from braggadocio to piety, and it’s questionable whether Stormzy has a sufficiently versatile delivery (he’s no Durrty Goodz) to support this. But by casting his net so wide, the MC is unlikely to disappoint his diverse audience
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  18. 7.0 |   Gig Soup

    'Gang Signs & Prayer's shows the grime star at his finest, delivering hard-hitting disses and more importantly a lesser seen, sensitive Stormzy
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  19. 6.0 |   State

    Each track individually is flawless but when placed back to back it doesn’t retain any overall tone
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  20. 6.0 |   The Independent

    The usual bouts of brusque dissing rub shoulders with love songs, fond tributes to his mom
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  21. 5.5 |   Beardfood

    The grime prodigy shows his versatility, but his only worthwhile side is undermined by the others
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