Room 25

Noname - Room 25
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #6 / 550
User Score
Based on 266 ratings
2018 Ratings: #13
September 14, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME

‘Room 25’ is not only smartly constructed and laced with intricate subtlety – it’s laugh-out-loud funny, too.

100
A.V. Club

From beginning to end, Room 25 is a testimony to the power of telling your story and the hope that can be found in doing so without apology

91
Consequence of Sound

The pleasure of Room 25 is in hearing a master wordsmith turn words into feelings so that the feelings linger long after the words have stopped.

90
PopMatters

Noname's Room 25 is vintage neo-soul and future rap hand in hand; a soulful sanctuary for those turned off by the austerity of mainstream mumble rap.

90
Highsnobiety

The coming-of-age angst we found on 2016’s Telefone, has matured, as the 26-year-old embraces agency over her voice, lyrical prowess, and womanhood.

86
Pitchfork
The Chicago rapper’s second album is a transcendent coming-of-age tale built around cosmic jazz and neo-soul, delivered by a woman deeply invested in her interiority and that of the world around her.
86
HipHopDX
Noname overwhelmingly succeeds in telling her coming-of-age story where she removes all emotional layers to explore everything from comical socio-political ideology to sexuality minus self-serving preachiness.
80
The Needle Drop

Noname's music has only gotten even more gorgeous and charming since her breakthrough mixtape Telefone.

80
FLOOD Magazine

Room 25 finds a more mature Noname than the one she introduced on her 2016 mixtape Telefone—wiser, more reflective, and maybe a bit more cynical, too.

79
GIGsoup
Thanks to her earnest performance style, juggled beautifully with some of the sharpest poetry you’ll hear in rap this year, Noname is one of hip hop’s most necessary voices, and ‘Room 25’ is her dampened megaphone.
70
XLR8R
If “Prayer Song” and “Blaxploitation” are anything to go by, she could yet become a great rapper. For now, she’s a good one.
70
Exclaim!

If Noname has one glaring weakness, it's a tendency to ramble without ever seeing the need to switch up her rat-tat-tat triplet flow. She does, though, have the rumpled, mellower-than-thou swagger to pull it off, and why complain when Room 25 is the prettiest rap record to come along in months?

Sep 13, 2018*
MidlineTV
97
This is a major milestone for the genre.

Telefone is one of the best rap records of all time imo and this one is no exception. Noname is in all timer territory. Gone are the bubbly bops, here replaced by layers of live instrumentation from funky bass to grandiose string arrangements that show the exact reasoning to this record. Noname has made an album to describe becoming, dealing and accepting adulthood with the same lyrical density that she had on Telefone which was the same subject matter ... read more
Sep 14, 2018
96
"I picture your smile like it was yesterday."

The chorus of the opening track of Telefone, Noname's exceptional 2016 debut, sets the tone for the entire album. Telefone is an album drenched in nostalgia. Noname uses her dizzying lyricism to paint the past with thick strokes. From trips to the ice cream parlor to lamenting police brutality, Telefone presents life in Chicago with the wide-eyed romanticism of a children's book. This time, however, she isn't telling you a story, she's ... read more
Sep 14, 2018
Atrocityblubber
100
AOTY so far don't @ me
Sep 14, 2018
holyfishpaste
93
i really should be asleep instead of listening and reviewing this but MAYBE IM AN INSOMNIBLACK!!

Mothertrucker, this album is everything and more. It expands exponentially on the saga that is Noname Gypsy with far more complex, mature beats, layered song structures and Noname's most precise and poignant verses to date.

She effortlessly dances, dictates and divines over this superb effort. It plays like a jazzy, and I dare say, cinematic jam sesh with homages to Badu and D'Angelo alike. Some ... read more
Sep 19, 2018
exception
79
Noname's first mixtape was pretty average and didn't leave any impression on me. She was still finding her place as a rapper and lyricist, so I just thought of Noname as a Chance the Rapper protege. Room 25 completely changes that image of Noname that I once had. Her lyrics not only sound mature and fully-fleshed out, but they are personal and carry depth. Noname took the chill jazz-rap sound she started with and improved it.
People are so worried about female representation in rap ... read more
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Track List

  1. Self
  2. Blaxploitation
  3. Prayer Song (featuring Adam Ness)
  4. Window (featuring Phoelix)
  5. Don't Forget About Me
  6. Regal
  7. Montego Bay (featuring Ravyn Lenae)
  8. Ace (featuring Smino and Saba)
  9. Part of Me (featuring Phoelix and Benjamin Earl Turner)
  10. With You
  11. No Name (featuring Yaw and Adam Ness)


Added on: August 30, 2018