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Ignorance Is Bliss

Skepta

Ignorance Is Bliss

Fifth album from the London grime artist, and follow up to the Mercury Prize-winning Konnichiwa

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
Boy Better Know
UK Release date
31/05/2019
US Release date
31/05/2019
  1. 9.0 |   music OMH

    An artist at the top of his game, with the newfound artistic freedom that Konnichiwa granted him but the energy of still having something to prove. It also confirms the 2010s grime revival as being more than a passing trend, and on this basis it’s stronger than ever
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  2. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    I’m going to volunteer an unpopular opinion: Ignorance Is Bliss, Skepta’s latest release, is a better album than the Mercury Prize-winning Konnichiwa. I don’t want to hear any objections
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  3. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    The project comfortably asserts his place in the current moment as a unique figurehead of UK culture, possessing artistic ability in bags and a persona that suggests far more to come
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  4. 8.0 |   Q

    It's a winningly fluid mix of on-trend beats, intriguing cameos and subtle, Eastern-influenced melodies. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Expectations are high after the Mercury-winning Konnichiwa, but Skepta’s flow ensures this follow up is a sensual pleasure
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  6. 8.0 |   NME

    The Tottenham rapper's comeback is a diverse-sounding, assured success, a muscular record that conveys global ambition, drawing on a dizzying collection of sounds and influences
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  7. 8.0 |   The Independent

    A quintessentially London record, as dark and moody as it is brash and innovative
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  8. 8.0 |   The FT

    In his follow-up to ‘Konnichiwa’, the British rapper combines classic grime with trap-inspired numbers
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  9. 8.0 |   Clash

    Skepta is back with a renewed hunger and sense of purpose, overcoming a new set of challenges and proving once again why he is a grime mainstay
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  10. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Ignorance Is Bliss handles the MC’s next steps with authority and, crucially, popping production
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  11. 8.0 |   Northern Transmission

    ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’ illustrates why Skepta is at the top of his game and in a pole position when it comes to UK rap – world domination beckons
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  12. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    There is something deeply satisfying about the majority of the album, anchored by Skepta’s unique vocal delivery and a sonic playfulness that he has long perfected
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  13. 6.4 |   Pitchfork

    Three years after he galvanized a new class of UK rappers, the grime MC tries to meet the high bar he set for himself
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  14. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    The high-definition production, dank but luxe, sounds like a plausible evolution of grime, the guests are well chosen, and his MCing is crisp and blunt
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  15. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    A decent album, but not his best
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