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Damn.

Kendrick Lamar

Damn.

Fourth full-length album from the Compton rapper featuring guest appearances from Rihanna, Bono, and Zacari

ADM rating[?]

9.1

Label
Polydor / Aftermath
UK Release date
14/04/2017
US Release date
14/04/2017
  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Luscious harmonies and hints of psychedelic soul – plus guest support from Bono and Rihanna – couch brilliant, sharp-edged storytelling from an artist at the top of his game
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  2. 10.0 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    DAMN. sounds more like a follow-up to Good Kid than To Pimp a Butterfly. So the real question: where does he go from here?
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  3. 10.0 |   NOW

    Countless rappers claim to have transcended the game. Kendrick Lamar actually does
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  4. 10.0 |   A.V. Club

    Lamar trusts every idea to stand on its own. When you’re making art this substantial, vital, and virtuosic, there’s no need to wrap a tidy bow around it
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  5. 10.0 |   State

    We need nothing more than these 14 tracks to solidify that Kendrick Lamar is the best rapper of our generation
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  6. 10.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Three months in, DAMN. feels like our first Trump-era classic. It’s as bold and as hard and as hopeful as it is bursting with vitriol. It’s as distracting as it is inciting. It’s as cohesive as it is dense
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  7. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    The era-defining rapper follows up his last masterpiece with another deep listen
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  8. 10.0 |   The Observer

    More than drugs, crime or gynaecology, greatness is arguably the meta-theme of all hip-hop, and Lamar both tells and shows his pre-eminence
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  9. 10.0 |   DIY

    A masterpiece fuelled by anxiety and contemplation
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  10. 10.0 |   Q

    Its tracks are taut yet complex, full of thrilling twists and details. Print edition only

  11. 10.0 |   The Quietus

    DAMN. is the sound of a man who knows he's working in rarefied territory
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  12. 9.5 |   The 405

    This is Kendrick Lamar playing the game, and making everything else look dangerously irrelevant while he's at it. Be afraid
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  13. 9.2 |   Pitchfork

    A widescreen masterpiece of rap, full of expensive beats, furious rhymes, and peerless storytelling about Kendrick’s destiny in America
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  14. 9.1 |   Paste Magazine

    With DAMN., Kendrick Lamar plays by the rules and then sets the rule book on fire, and continues one of the most impressive run of albums of any artist in recent memory
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  15. 9.1 |   Consequence Of Sound

    DAMN. is an album with no resolution, driven by what might be the boldest statement Kendrick Lamar has ever made
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  16. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Lamar spent three albums building a legend status, just to show that he’s as fragile as the rest of us – or maybe it just takes someone praying for you. I’m not religious but ‘DAMN.’ is divine like little else
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  17. 9.0 |   All Music

    n a way DAMN. is just as lavish and singular as the preceding albums, its quantity and weight of thoughts and connected concepts condensed into a considerably tighter space
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  18. 9.0 |   Crack

    In spite of his faith, Kendrick Lamar is a flawed human being. DAMN. is his way of showing it
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  19. 9.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The specter of violent death becomes a narrative device that wraps its arms around the whole album
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  20. 9.0 |   Punk News

    DAMN. isn’t the same kind of masterpiece that To Pimp a Butterfly is, but it’s a masterpiece nonetheless
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  21. 9.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Much like the recent A Tribe Called Quest record, Damn. is a brilliant combination of the timeless and the modern, the old school and the next-level
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  22. 9.0 |   Clash

    After ‘DAMN.’ he finds himself beginning to creep into the conversation about the greatest of all time
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  23. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    The title is our reaction to his verbal gymnastics, his brazenness. And it’s a question: are we damned?
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  24. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    This is an artist in his absolute prime: artistically, lyrically and musically
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  25. 8.9 |   Gig Soup

    Although Good Kid, M.A.A.D City and To Pimp a Butterfly set Kendrick up as a sharp, sincere storyteller, it wasn’t until DAMN. that we were able to hear what happens when the lens was turned fully inward and onto himself
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  26. 8.8 |   Earbuddy

    If Kendrick Lamar on autopilot can make an album as involving and charming as DAMN., I anticipate being a fan of his for a very long time
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  27. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Like our new day-to-day reality, DAMN. is full of fear, confusion and dismay at the world around us
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  28. 8.2 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    DAMN. remedies a lot of its predecessor's mistakes and gives us something better – a Kendrick not seen since Section.80, throwing tonally and stylistically inconsistent songs together in a desperate scramble to tell us just what the fuck he's feeling
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  29. 8.0 |   Mojo

    He’s in imperious form
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  30. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    It's pure, direct, and bitterly spat. Just like the curse word that is its title. We should count ourselves lucky to witness the reigning era of such a brilliantly vulgar street poet
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  31. 8.0 |   The FT

    The artist employs hard-boiled rap and strung-out jazz-funk to explore the album’s theme of doubleness
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  32. 8.0 |   NME

    A powerful, potent look inside the troubled mind of a genius
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  33. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    The beats are heavy, spare, and hard. Lamar demonstrates the versatility of his flow
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  34. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    He's refined his ability to convey emotion and delivers some of his most clever, cinematic storytelling. But the missteps are too obvious to ignore
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