- Cole World: The Sideline Story

J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story
CRITIC SCORE
70
Based on 10 reviews
2011 Rank: #450 / 865
USER SCORE
71
Based on
32 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

75
Beats Per Minute

Cole is a man to himself. He was faced with ignorance, and cranked out a hit album in its face.

70
Consequence of Sound

The Sideline Story is a safe album; rarely shooting for the stars, it consequently lacks extreme highs.

70
PopMatters

For whatever flaws listeners might be able to take away from Cole World, it’s near impossible to argue it’s not an easy or flagrantly enjoyable listen.

61
Pitchfork

It doesn't help that Cole brings the least-flavorful bars of his career to his debut, aiming, most likely, for something more universal than his diaristic mixtapes.

Z.Younk
73
When Cole tries to do a heavily conceptual song (Lost Ones) (no pun intended) or later (Wet Dreamz), it comes off as very contrived and corny. When his songwriting is on point though, he delivers a classic.
chuyin49
74
Give us more of songs like: Lights please, lost ones, never told, breakdown.
None of that: Mr nice watch, in the morning, work out stuff.
Overall a solid album.
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Added on: September 27, 2011