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The Long Goodbye

Riz Ahmed

The Long Goodbye

The first album under his own name from the London-born rapper and actor (The Four Lions, Star Wars, The Night Of)

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  1. 9.0 |   Clash

    Riz Ahmed might now be more famous for his acting, but he’s been making music since he was a teenager – and on this album, it shows. A rallying cry for everyone disgusted at the state of the country today
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  2. 8.0 |   NME

    His second solo album confirms his status as a talented, multi-hyphenate artist
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  3. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    A gripping exploration of Britishness
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  4. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    With the British Asian point of view remaining among the most under-represented voices in contemporary music, someone of Ahmed’s profile being willing to write with this level of conscious clarity demands everyone’s attention
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  5. 8.0 |   music OMH

    The Long Goodbye is a fiery yet thoughtful and nuanced record, with artistry and political consciousness on a level above most British rap
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  6. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A harsh, funny, vehement rap record about falling out of love with a country you no longer recognise
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  7. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The Long Goodbye can feel heavy-handed: even those phoned-in messages from famous friends (Mindy Kaling, Asim Chaudhry) sound jarring. Ultimately, though, Ahmed delivers, offering up some clever writing on this powerful concept album
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  8. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    While walking a tightrope across a daring concept album, rapper Riz Ahmed offers compelling, unapologetic account of what it truly feels like to be brown and British in the world
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