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Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers

Kendrick Lamar

Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers

Fifth full-length album and first seven years from the Compton rapper

ADM rating[?]

8.9

Label
Interscope
UK Release date
13/05/2022
US Release date
13/05/2022
  1. 10.0 |   The Independent

    A tender opus from the defining poet of his generation
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  2. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    Still light years ahead of the game
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  3. 10.0 |   Clash

    ‘Mr Morales & The Big Steppers’ is one of his most profound, complex, revelatory statements yet, a double album fuelled by sonic ambition, the will to communicate, and Kendrick’s staunch refusal to walk the easy path
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  4. 10.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Truthfully, an album likes this makes sense. It’s Lamar putting down his testament; defining himself to contextualise the rest of his burning supernova story
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  5. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    After a five-year hiatus, the Pulitzer winner returns with an exhilarating epic that ties personal pain to collective trauma – and lets no one off the hook
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  6. 10.0 |   Dork

    Musically, lyrically and spiritually, it’s a tour de force that reaches a level few others can. Daring, ambitious and supremely confident, it’s also a very insular and personal album – probably the most personal statement he’s ever made
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  7. 10.0 |   NME

    The rapper's first album in five years sees him overcome "writer's block" to triumph with a collection on which his observational skills go into overdrive
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  8. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It might not be funtimes, but it is truly, compellingly brilliant
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  9. 9.5 |   Northern Transmissions

    This album, like many of his albums, (notably the jazz masterpiece To Pimp A Butterfly,) dabbles in rap form with all sorts of modern music, including classical, funk, pop, and underground
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  10. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Kendrick Lamar observes the strife plaguing his kingdom and consciously abdicates the throne
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  11. 9.0 |   A.V. Club

    He's metaphorically put his whole heart on the table, with yet another body of work worthy of multiple spins and endless dissection
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  12. 9.0 |   Gigwise

    NEW Few storytellers, if any, are able to deliver a comment on society that is both as observative and introspective as Kendrick’s
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  13. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    NEW The album is a gripping treatise on the relationship between Lamar’s inner turmoil and the cultural landscape
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  14. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    NEW A record that reaches out halfway and asks you to do the rest of the work, and it’s deeply rewarding as a result
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  15. 8.0 |   The FT

    On a bravura album, the Pulitzer-winner sheds egotism, incorporates many voices and opens his private world
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  16. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    It’s ambitious, impressive, and a bit unwieldy
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  17. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper spends much of his fifth studio album deconstructing his own mythology. The result is at moments brilliant but on the whole, frustratingly uneven
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  18. 6.6 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    NEW The listening experience is defined by languorous stretches between big moments, and becomes more of an exercise in patience than an engaging and enlivening journey
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