AOTY 2017
Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
Open Mike Eagle - Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2017 Ratings: #58 / 653
User Score
Based on 88 ratings
2017 Ratings: #59
Your Review

CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Pretty Much Amazing

Open Mike Eagle is one of the few artists that seems to improve with every release, and just when you thought he couldn’t get better than a full collaboration with Paul White on yesteryear’s Hella Personal Film Festival, he does just that.

90
Loud and Quiet

While considering that much of today’s sharpest hip hop releases are stamped with his name, ‘Brick Body Kids’ is Mike’s greatest achievement yet.

90
Tiny Mix Tapes
Throughout the album, Eagle manages to inject novelty into 2017’s most worn-out declaration: things suck right now.
81
Pitchfork
It’s a colorful portrait of lives that are typically rendered in one dimension. And yet somehow, he can still make us laugh.
80
The Skinny

Brick Body Kids Still Daydream offers everything you’d expect from an Open Mike Eagle album and rivals Dark Comedy for the best in his catalogue. But it’s also his most thematically coherent work yet. 

80
The 405
It serves both as a poignant monument to a community as well as an indictment of how the US government fails African-Americans. Overall, it makes a strong case for itself as Eagle’s most consistently impressive album yet.
80
The Needle Drop

Brick Body Kids is Open Mike Eagle at his most low-key, but it's also his most cohesive and emotionally potent work so far.

75
Under The Radar

Brick Body gives the feeling of sitting curbside on a warm summer's eve, surrounded by friends. The beats are welcoming, jazzy, and minimal while Mike sing-raps his poignant lines in a typically poetic and smooth cadence.

75
Consequence of Sound

One of Eagle’s more consistently engaging outings, this elegy for the since-demolished Robert Taylor Homes projects the 36-year-old rapper grew up in isn’t necessarily one of his most ear-catching records. 

70
Rolling Stone
The results add a historical angle to hip-hop's powerful mix of the personal and political.
Sep 20, 2017
tinymusiccritic
80
Over the past seven years and change, during which he has released five LPs, a handful of EPs, and delivered a slew of features on tracks by a veritable who’s-who list of underground hip hop luminaries, Michael W. Eagle II, aka Open Mike Eagle, has established himself as indie rap’s pre-eminent social critic, a bona fide rap trope deconstructionist, and one of the funniest emcees in the game. On his latest full length, Michael Eagle dials back the quippy humour that has ... read more
Sep 19, 2017
aaron
60
A great addition to Mike's discography, but definitely doesn't live up to the buzz surrounding this album.

Ups:

-Each song lives off of one another, a very well constructed album
-Unique ( I really enjoyed the "silent like ice bear" line)
-Good features (each artist fits in the world created here)
-Brick Body Complex

Downs:

-Introspective albums should be void of ego, it just doesn't translate well, vulnerability is what is wanted here.
-Humble bragging (some goofy shit just ... read more
Oct 19, 2017
DachetG
75
This was a decent album, but I didn’t get all the superhero references. The first song apparently mentions several characters from the X-Men franchise, where the narrator constantly compares himself to Juggernaut. Some of the beats are good, and I like his voice, but I wasn’t engaged with his songs about his neighborhood.

BEST – 1, 9, 11

01. Legendary Iron Heel – 8 – A nice sound to his voice.
02. (How Could Anybody) Feel at Home – 7
03. Hymnal – 8 ... read more
Sep 30, 2017
DiegoPaim01
76
Um disco bem sólido no que se propõe. Open Mike é um rapper-poeta, sútil e inteligente nos seus versos, ele declama sob beats bem abstratas e próximas do jazz e do r&b, normalmente. Gostei bastante do seu estilo lírico, da forma como aborda os temas...não muito abstrato, não muito pretencioso qnto as suas referencias, não muito mensageiro: na medida certa do jogo de palavras, ironia, construção de personagem e ... read more
Oct 29, 2017*
itsyahboinoah
90
This is open mike eagle 6th album to date and his most personal yet. Brick Body kids still daydream deals with the demolition of the housing projects in Chicago and how it affected thousands of families. This is definitely a unique take of a hip-hop concept. I've been following Mike's career ever since his LP "dark comedy" and still to this day he hasn't released anything sub-par. This is perhaps the most thought-provoking and impactful hip-hop album this year along. The Content of ... read more
Track List
  1. Legendary Iron Hood
  2. (How Could Anybody) Feel at Home
  3. Hymnal (feat. Sammus)
  4. No Selling (Uncle Butch Pretending It Dont Hurt)
  5. Happy Wasteland Day
  6. Daydreaming in the Projects
  7. Brick Body Complex
  8. Tldr (Smithing)
  9. Breezeway Ritual
  10. Wedding Ghosts
  11. 95 Radios (feat. Has-Lo)
  12. My Auntie's Building
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Added on: July 31, 2017