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Earl Sweatshirt


Fourth full-length album from LA-based rapper features collaborations from Armand Hammer and Zelooperz and produced by the Alchemist, Black Noi$e, Navy Blue, Samiyam, Alexander Spit, Theravada and Rob Chambers

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  1. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    I will rip a page out of Earl's book and put it simply: Sick! is a really good rap album by one of the best rappers working right now
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  2. 9.0 |   Clash

    Short but emphatically creative, it presents an entire universe to explore, with its finer details laying in wait for repeated listens. A bona fide left-field statement released on a major label, Earl’s singular position in rap music remains a source of inspiration
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  3. 8.6 |   Beats Per Minute

    It’s gentle, but keeps you on the edge of your seat as you wait for its brittle frame to cave in. It never does, but that feeling is what Earl wants you to feel, because that’s how he’s lived his life
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  4. 8.2 |   Paste Magazine

    This album is 24 minutes, but it gets the most out of those minutes that Earl ever has
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  5. 8.1 |   Pitchfork

    Earl Sweatshirt used to make you sift through the mud to find the gold. On his latest album, the nuggets are gleaming right on the surface
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  6. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Rapper’s nonchalant verses, delivered over an alluring mesh of music, show off his unique charm
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  7. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The groundbreaking MC continues to push himself on his most artistically rewarding album yet
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  8. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The previously withdrawn US rapper engages with the world and his estranged mother on his immersive fourth album
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  9. 8.0 |   NME

    Slugging through the thumping noise to carve some bliss from it all, the former Odd Future member has created the perfect soundtrack to our 'new normal'
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  10. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Resilience, and an eye on a route forward, manifest even in the smallest observations of Earl's prose — pandemic uncertainties be damned
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  11. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    This is the most esoteric, thinking-person’s cloud rap album I’ve heard since Shabazz Palaces’ Black Up, and I mean that in the most endearing, complimentary way possible
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  12. 8.0 |   Albumism

    SICK! is definitely an album of the now, and Earl has managed to channel the weariness of living in these times into becoming better at his craft. We take our victories anywhere we can
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  13. 7.8 |   Northern Transmissions

    Sick! won’t surprise anyone familiar with Earl Sweatshirt’s trajectory since Doris. But every listen is sure to reveal something new to appreciate. He might not like shit or go outside, but he keeps going
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  14. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    An ode to his ever-growing craft
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  15. 7.0 |   Crack

    Sure it’s heavy, but it’s also honest. A quality that, nearly ten years on from his debut, Earl still has in abundance
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  16. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    It sounds crass to refer to Sick! as “returning to business as usual,” given the progress Earl has made in the past few years, but that return comes with a newfound maturity
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  17. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Sick! hops between sounds and moods while still sounding like an Earl Sweatshirt album
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