AOTY 2018

Ella Mai

Ella Mai - Ella Mai
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2018 Ratings: #497 / 706
User Score
Based on 70 ratings
2018 Ratings: #577
October 12, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
10 Summers, Interscope / Label
R&B / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

82
HipHopDX

Ella Mai accomplishes its duration without boasting a bad song but it’s clear the aforementioned singles “Boo’d Up,” “Naked” and equally promoted “Trip” cast a long shadow on its contemporaries present on the album.

80
The Guardian

With A-list features, Ella Mai’s self-titled debut strives to provide some much-needed context to the artist behind this massive bop ["Boo'd Up"]. And notwithstanding a few lazy attempts to replicate the formula, for the most part it achieves that goal.

80
NME

Confident, relevant and full of gorgeous instrumentation, Ella Mai’s debut proves that she is more than worth the hype.

70
Exclaim!

Nothing groundbreaking, but a good modern soul album that draws on specific touchpoints — late '90 to early '00s R&B filtered by way of trap-minded beats — curated to today's audience.

70
Clash

With a stream of songs that definitely warrant a repeat, Ella Mai proves she’s only setting up to scale greater heights.

70
PopMatters

Ella Mai has the voice, the attitude, and the way with a melody that could have her at the top of the R&B charts with piles of pop-crossover potential for years and years to come. Her album might be suffering from a case of bloat, but it doesn't detract from the talent she clearly has.

66
Pitchfork

The perfectly fine debut from the London R&B singer offers a grip of retro, snappy jams without sounding like a pastiche.

60
Rolling Stone

If the arrangements sometimes sound automated, Mai is adept enough as a singer to enliven them.

60
The Observer

A decent debut ... but with Mai’s rich voice you can’t help feeling that it could have been stratospheric. Instead, it fails to innovate, and all feels a little beige.

60
No Ripcord

Mai is a confident performer who can tackle her debut's metronomic tempos with much aplomb, but there's a lack of authorship throughout that leaves a sense of disjointedness.

BM5X5
69
2000's called. They want their r&b back
PaulyZ
74
TRACK LIST:

Emotion/Good Bad (7.5)
Dangerous (7.4)
Sauce (7.4)
Whatchamacallit (7.7)
Cheap Shot (7.5)
Shot Clock (6.8)
Boo'd Up (7.0)
Everything (7.7)
Own It (7.3)
Run My Mouth (7.0)
Gut Feeling (7.6)
Trip (8.3)
Close (6.8)
Easy (7.2)
Naked (7.2)
37
Best Song: Easy

Worst Songs: Boo'd Up, Sauce, Cheap Shot
itsulioff
85
Emotion - 0/10
Good Bad - 9/10
Dangerous - 10/10
Sauce - 10/10
Whatchamacallit - 8/10
Cheap Shot - 9/10
Shot Clock - 10/10
Boo'd Up - 10/10
Everything - 8/10
Own It - 9/10
Run My Mouth - 8/10
Gut Feeling - 7/10
Trip - 10/10
Close - 9/10
Easy - 10/10
Naked - 9/10
Putzcecela
80
Emotion-5/10
Good Bad-8/10
Dangerous-10/10
Sauce-8/10
Whatchamacallit (feat. Chris Brown)-6/10
Cheap Shot-9/10
Shot Clock-8/10
Boo'd Up-10/10
Everything (feat. John Legend)-8/10
Own It-10/10
Run My Mouth-8/10
Gut Feeling (feat. H.E.R.)-6/10
Trip-10/10
Close-8/10
Easy-8/10
Naked-6/10
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Track List

  1. Emotion
  2. Good Bad
  3. Dangerous
  4. Sauce
  5. Whatchamacallit (feat. Chris Brown)
  6. Cheap Shot
  7. Shot Clock
  8. Boo'd Up
  9. Everything (feat. John Legend)
  10. Own It
  11. Run My Mouth
  12. Gut Feeling (feat. H.E.R.)
  13. Trip
  14. Close
  15. Easy
  16. Naked
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Added on: September 28, 2018