AOTY 2017
Thundercat - Drunk
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2017 Ratings: #83 / 653
Year End Rank: #17
User Score
Based on 417 ratings
2017 Ratings: #100
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
musicOMH
While its warm, buttery, lovingly produced sound suggests it will make the ideal accompaniment to a summer barbeque or beach party – and it most certainly will – Thundercat has, by skirting around the edges of darkness, created a moody, magnificent, endlessly replayable record that also makes sense in late February.
100
Crack Magazine

On Drunk, you are grabbed by the ankles and pulled into the rabbit hole of Bruner’s mind. It’s a dizzying ride.

90
Exclaim!

No matter how many musicians he showcases, no matter how many sonic avenues he takes, no matter how many tracks he squeezes in, Thundercat sounds undeniably and defiantly like no other on Drunk.

90
Drowned in Sound

Bruner/Thundercat has tamed (to some extent at least) his scope and ambition through his various influences and thoughts to make his third full-length album a joyful, crazy, substance-fuelled epic in an area where most of his contemporaries would take themselves endlessly seriously.

86
Resident Advisor

On Drunk's numerous vignettes, Bruner presents his extensive musical interests in an effortlessly relatable style.

86
Northern Transmissions

Though at times it casts a viscous shadow, Drunk is ultimately a full-bodied, intoxicating triumph.

85
Pitchfork

The third album from bassist/songwriter Thundercat is whimsical and somber, funny and meaningful, sometimes all at once. Drunk's oddball soul confronts the challenge of just trying to live life. 

85
The 405

Therein lies Drunk's true victory, offering its listener both solace and sunny vibes in its immediate presentation, and rewarding the focused observer with ruminations befitting a night of drinking that led to self-examination rather than glee. Regardless of what you're looking for, Thundercat is ready to serve you. Drink up.

84
Paste

It takes a special kind of artist to create a sound both familiar and groundbreaking. Thundercat continues his upward trajectory in that regard here.

80
God Is in the TV

It’s sozzled, it’s high as a kite and sometimes it’s just downright psychotic.  But it’s because of the maniacal shifts in tone, its massive melting pot of sounds and Thundercat’s hysterical (sometimes in more ways than one) yet honest ramblings that Drunk will probably go down as his magnum opus.

80
NME

‘Drunk’, as out-there as it can be, is an album totally high on its own unique ideas.

80
The Guardian

Thundercat’s 23-track third album, Drunk, takes you down a rabbit hole and turfs you out in his lopsided wonderland of funk, soul, hip-hop and soft rock, with guest characters including Lamar, Pharrell, saxophonist Kamasi Washington and Wiz Khalifa.

80
Loud and Quiet
It’s Bruner’s boldest project, and one that forces you to hear his own voice above all others.
80
The Line of Best Fit

Drunk is an impressive record which commands multiple listens as much by its quality as its complexity. It shows off Bruner at the height of his powers as an artist shapeshifting through genres but always leaving his scent in the air.

78
GIGsoup
Although sheer impulse often seems to guide Thundercat through this fragmentary, erratic and equal parts grim and goofy album, it’s clear that there are big ideas at play.
75
Pretty Much Amazing
The hard truth: the album especially lags in the final stretch, with nothing remarkable occurring beginning with the miniature “I Am Crazy” except the Pharrell feature. Put another way: listening to this album Saturday night, drunk on my way, I delighted in the album’s twists and turns. Listening to this album Sunday afternoon, stone-sober, I’m much less enthused.
75
Consequence of Sound

If it sits well with him, it sits well with his listeners, and in that, Drunk is a record of R&B fusion that feels good from start to finish, masturbation jokes included.

70
AllMusic

Additional guests Kendrick, Pharrell, and Wiz Khalifa add to the star power, but the main attraction is Bruner's singular combination of tremulous yet fluid bass and aching falsetto.

70
PopMatters

As a whole, Drunk is alternately frustrating and fascinating—much like the titular state of being—in its willingness to follow its creative muse whenever and wherever it may lead.

60
The Independent

It’s an enjoyable, occasionally virtuosic romp, fronted by Thundercat’s smooth soul harmonies, which lend proceedings the lustrous sheen of Earth, Wind & Fire.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

With all of this album’s curious truncated charm, there remains a sense of longing. Not in a leaving-them-wanting-more way, but more that Thudercat’s work could be something more musically expansive.

60
The Skinny

A stoner’s wet dream, Drunk is a true oddity that meanders along for 50-plus minutes with the narrative levity of a hallucination. Patchy and unfiltered, but charming as all hell, it’s a candid reflection of its creator.

60
The Needle Drop

Though Drunk brings a heaping helping of Thundercat's spectacular bass playing and sense of humor, the album is also rife with filler and underwritten jazz motifs.

Mar 3, 2017
SiberianBreaks
57
oh hell yeah, it signed me out while i was finishing my really long and detailed review of this so the whole thing just deleted! no way in hell im gonna write that again, here's what it basically was

drunk is not very good, but not very bad at all either!

thundercat focuses more on humour and wit rather than his musicianship which is a big no-no for a bass slapper as good as himself!

but its still very funny at points!

because of this, the production, the performances, and songwriting all ... read more
Feb 27, 2017
BuffaloStaple
85
Thundercat has released an album that i'd argue is among the best of 2017 so far, whilst I do think some of these tracks are a bit unsatisfying, the album as a whole is nothing but enjoyable.

It spans 23 tracks over a 51 minute runtime, so in the same vein as albums like Flying Lotus' You're Dead & The Avalanches' Wildflower, there are a lot of smaller, transitional tracks that act as interludes to bridge together the full length songs. My biggest issue with this album is that a lot of ... read more
Feb 24, 2017
mxruss
72
tokyo is hilarious
Feb 25, 2017
Sadvilliany
83
My initial thoughts on this record are very good. There's a lot of very creative and intricate tracks. Thundercat has a fantastic ability to tell stories through his music, and he probably told the best story yet on this album. However, a couple of tracks felt a little too short, I get that they're supposed to be like that, but a few of them kept me wanting more. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing artistically, just a tad disappointing as a listener and fan. Overall, great job ... read more
Feb 25, 2017
35
As a musician, dude is a great addition to any track by OTHER ARTIST, but as a composer he just leaves MUCH to be desired... Boring and cringy at times.
Track List
  1. Rabbot Ho
  2. Captain Stupido
  3. Uh Uh
  4. Bus In These Streets
  5. A Fan's Mail (Tron Song Suite II)
  6. Lava Lamp
  7. Jethro
  8. Day & Night
  9. Show You the Way (feat. Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins)
  10. Walk On By (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
  11. Blackkk
  12. Tokyo
  13. Jameel's Space Ride
  14. Friend Zone
  15. Them Changes
  16. Where I'm Going
  17. Drink Dat (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
  18. Inferno
  19. I Am Crazy
  20. 3Am
  21. Drunk
  22. The Turn Down (feat. Pharrell)
  23. Dui


Added on: January 25, 2017