Yung Lean - Stranger
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2017 Rank: #578 / 624
User Score
Based on 22 ratings
November 10, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Year0001 / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
Your Review


The Line of Best Fit

Stranger is a fully formed welcome to the staying power of Lean, and this third chapter is unlike anything he’s done before, while simultaneously being everything he’s done before.


The moments on Stranger where he breaks away from rap are striking glimpses of his full potential, piercing through the detachment that once obscured real emotion. In these moments, Lean’s identity shifts from something borrowed to something innate.

Consequence of Sound

If anything, Stranger is too parochial at this stage in his career, altogether enjoyable yet only seldom worthy of evangelizing.

A.V. Club

Stranger is his third and probably best album, in that the aquatic, post-cloud rap production is uniformly good, and the bleating, preposterous lyrics are frequently delivered too slowly and blandly to consume on a cognitive level.

The Guardian

In a genre where the vocals tend to be the focus, here’s an album where you’d be better off ignoring the star performance and concentrating on the scenery.


Yung Lean still lacks quality control. The middle bulk of ‘Stranger’ can feel like being suspended in ice, experiencing a never-ending comedown.


It doesn’t feel any more disciplined or carefully-crafted than the experimental ‘Frost God’ did, but Yung Lean does continue to push the boundaries - which is precisely what brought him to public attention in the first place.

The Needle Drop

Cloud rap sorcerer Yung Lean returns with his most enjoyable and aesthetically mature album to date.

The Skinny

The beats are the only thing going anywhere on Stranger, while the vocals seem as drunk and rambling as ever, devoid of memorable similes or even coherent subject matter.

Nov 14, 2017
More and more amateurish with each release. Truly a phenomenon to be studied.
Nov 19, 2017
Brooo Yung Lean Doerr those itt. I fukin Luv dis album, is pretty consistant and it has everything I want from Yung Lean. Stranger has dis cyber punk aesthetic to it dat I luv and Leans singing is pretty good. YEAH DIS COOL

Fav: Red Bottom Sky, Skimask, Metallic Intuition, Salute/ Pacman, Hunting My Own Skin, Silver Arrows, Fallen Demon, Agony and Yellowman

Meh: Da rest

Hate: None
Nov 18, 2017
A lot of uneducated detractors on this site. A great electronic album and a great hip hop release. Lean needs no gimmicks
Nov 14, 2017
I really like agony
Nov 13, 2017
There's plenty of filler on this album, but there's also some really solid songs that make up for some of whats lacking. Not Lean's best, but it shows progression and maturation in his sound.

fav tracks: Hunting My Own Skin (standout), Red Bottom Sky
Track List
  1. Muddy Sea
  2. Red Bottom Sky
  3. Skimask
  4. Silver Arrows
  5. Metallic Intuition
  6. Push / Lost Weekend
  7. Salute / Pacman
  8. Drop It / Scooter
  9. Hunting My Own Skin
  10. Iceman
  11. Snakeskin / Bullets
  12. Fallen Demon
  13. Agony
  14. Yellowman
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, patton, endianness

Added on: September 22, 2017