Ella Mai

Ella Mai - Ella Mai
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #485 / 610
User Score
Based on 41 ratings
2018 Ratings: #393
October 12, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
10 Summers, Interscope / Label
R&B / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

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.

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)
BM5X5
69
2000's called. They want their r&b back
66
Despite featuring a generally stellar hit single, Ella Mai fails to translate the power and essence of "Boo'd Up" into the rest of her middling debut record.
Best Track: Boo'd Up, Good Bad
Worst Track: Whatchamacallit (feat. Chris Brown)
44
Best Songs: Shot Clock, Trip

Worst Songs: Boo'd Up
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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