- Doris

Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
CRITIC SCORE
79
Based on 27 reviews
2013 Rank: #87 / 937
USER SCORE
79
Based on
275 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
FACT Magazine

Doris is miles ahead of 2010’s Earl, and on it, Earl surpasses nearly all of his contemporaries.

83
Pitchfork

Doris is full on its author’s prodigious abilities as a formidable young voice in L.A.’s resurgent hip-hop scene, but it’s not as concerned with the wider significance of the moment as it is with disbelief it’s actually happening.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Earl is still negotiating his capricious tendencies with a more consistent, reliable style. Doris displays some of those growing pains, but it also delivers a uniquely impressive collection of vicious beats and lyrics that make Magna Carta…Holy Grail sound like Marky Mark.

80
AllMusic

Doris is unsettled, messy, and takes a bit to sort, but there are codes to crack and rich rewards to reap, so enter with an open mind and prepare to leave exhausted.

80
Consequence of Sound

It’s a work as notable for its technical achievements as its nuanced themes, and that’s almost as impressive considering that so many artists lack in one or both of those fields.

80
HipHopDX

Whether selfish or smart to persist on remaining a standoffish mystery, Earl prospers in establishing himself as a 19-year-old with an unusually high standard for rhyming that should be separated from urban legend.

80
Spin

Enamored with language itself, Doris is a celebration of syntax, a yoga pose pushing the limits of the MC's flexibility

80
PopMatters

Doris represents one of the most innovative and important hip-hop releases of the year. Not just because of the charm and intrigue of Earl’s story but because of the immense and understated level of his talent for writing rhymes. 

80
Under The Radar

Overall, Doris will likely stand tall as another step in the maturing and deepening of the Odd Future ethos and sound.

75
The 405

Not to say that the Sweatshirt is incapable of sounding original and "influenced", but at times it sounds as though he's still in the 'teeming with potential' stage of his career, immature attempts at articulating "sounds done by grown folks".

75
AllHipHop

Earl Sweatshirt has officially entered himself into the conversation for best MC of Tumblr generation. The only question is will he ever give a f*ck to fully reach his potential.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Doris is not a tidy next step in this narrative. It is not the Big Album many were hoping for, although it certainly shows great growth when compared to EARL. Instead, it sounds like a transitional record by a 19-year-old with a lot on his mind.

Aug 17, 2013
98
Can't stop listening over and over again
Oct 3, 2016
StellaTheDiver
80
Nice features, verses, hooks, and beats. Everything covered everything good.
Sep 4, 2016*
theRoids
84
Very solid album from Earl, although at some points he sounds like another MF Doom alias, his clever wordplay over dark, gritty beats is more than enough to compensate.

Best Songs: Burgundy, Sunday, Hive, Chum, Centurion, Whoa, Hoarse, Knight

Worst Songs: Molasses, Guild
Aug 23, 2016
GratedStraws
90
Greatness. He has more in store.
Jul 28, 2016
50
sadly, very boring. nice production and pleasant flow but lacks the excitement that Earl conveyed on his tape
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 1 - Clash
# 11 - Complex
# 39 - Consequence of Sound
# 10 - eMusic
# 10 - Entertainment Weekly
# 30 - FACT Magazine
# 24 - FasterLouder
# 38 - Gigwise
# 23 - MOJO
# 27 - NME
# 29 - Obscure Sound
# 43 - Paste
# 22 - Piegons & Planes
# 19 - Pitchfork
# 27 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 42 - Rolling Stone
# 31 - Spin
# 25 - The Fly
# 15 - The Guardian
# 76 - The Quietus
# 34 - The Wire
# 33 - Time Out London
# 39 - Uncut
# 47 - Urban Outfitters
Track List
  1. Pre
  2. Burgandy
  3. 20 Wave Caps
  4. Sunday
  5. Hive
  6. Chum
  7. Sasquatch
  8. Centurion
  9. S23
  10. Uncle Al
  11. Guild
  12. Molasses
  13. Whoa
  14. Horse
  15. Knight


Added on: July 12, 2013