AOTY 2017
Jaden Smith - Syre
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2017 Ratings: #616 / 653
User Score
Based on 93 ratings
2017 Ratings: #434
November 17, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Roc Nation / Label
Pop Rap / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

82
HipHopDX

SYRE requires patience, a thorough listen and acute attention to detail otherwise it’s just going to sound like a strange pontification on existentialism that the casual listener simply doesn’t have the time to decipher.

80
Exclaim!

At first listen, the album is scattered and slightly exhausting; it takes several attempts to make sense of everything you're hearing, and some listeners may run out of the patience required to dissect it all. Those with a longer attention span, though, will find SYRE a very promising debut that offers new delight with every play.

70
AllMusic
As a debut, it has enough standout moments to pique interest in a future when Smith could stand toe to toe with his many inspirations.
60
NME
Whereas West and Ocean successfully hold disparate ideas under the same umbrella, Smith combines folk, metal, ‘70s rock, Christian pop and Detroit techno like someone flicking through Spotify on shuffle, hitting play for 30 seconds, and then moving on to something completely different. It’s exhausting.
51
Pitchfork
While there are some musical highlights—like the 8-bit ambience of the Ricky Eat Acid-produced title-track—the album is constantly in pursuit of a voice it never finds.
40
The Needle Drop

Jaden Smith's latest film is an auditory one, exploring the lyrical follies of a rich-kid-turned-mediocre-rapper in desperate need of perspective as he produces 70 minutes of egotistical propaganda in the hope it will launch his rap career.

Nov 21, 2017
BuffaloStaple
74
I can't argue with any of the complaints thrown at this album but i'll be damned if these beats don't go STUPID hard jesus fucking christ what in the biological fuck this production is honestly insane lmao. the pristine, crisp sound of it all it's really satisfying imo and jaden's flow isn't bad imo, he's not an awful singer either which is cool he has a decent ear for melody. Whilst he lacks much of a distinct voice or sound, I do think he works over this production for the most part despite ... read more
Nov 19, 2017*
braztom
55
This started pretty brightly but by the end it's feeling like a real slog. It just goes on and on, and not in a good way.
Nov 21, 2017
uralberk
80
Blending Surfin' to Black Skinhead, copying STAR flow, Jumpman, meaningless 30 hours interpolation... Too many bites, too many influences. Regardless, I majorly focus on how this meme kid has this level of quality in his music taste and how he managed to bring such an ambitious debut.

In the industry of low-effort, mass released, near monthly projects; I think it is not that wrong to give some extra credit to detailed studies.
Nov 16, 2017*
aaron
79
A great debut, it has its flaws(with some serious delusions of grandeur) and a terrible finish, but its originality is refreshing.

Also I take this over the rest of his contemporaries by a LOT, next to Brockhampton; this is the most exciting new iteration of the hip-hop genre I've heard.

Favourites: Ninety, L, U, Icon, Fallen.
Avoid: Watch Me, Batman, B

Update: It's really strange to see someone create a mythology around themselves, at least this is what the "lost boy" Syre seems ... read more
Nov 20, 2017
chessmess
70
All around great debut effort from Jaden Smith. There are some maturation to be done, but honestly I did not expect anything this good. The production is fresh albeit a bit chaotic. Jaden Smith's vocals have grown on me.
Track List
  1. B
  2. L
  3. U
  4. E
  5. Breakfast (feat. A$AP Rocky)
  6. Hope
  7. Falcon (feat. Raury)
  8. Ninety
  9. Lost Boy
  10. Batman
  11. Icon
  12. Watch Me
  13. Fallen
  14. The Passion
  15. George Jeff
  16. Rapper
  17. SYRE


Added on: October 25, 2017