Cuz I Love You

Lizzo - Cuz I Love You
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2019 Ratings: #77 / 586
User Score
Based on 990 ratings
2019 Ratings: #270
April 19, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Nice Life, Atlantic / Label
Pop Soul, Pop Rap / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME

On her self-love anthem-packed third album, Lizzo proves she's the electric, complex pop star that the world needs.

100
The Telegraph

Cuz I Love You is absolutely splendid, a joyous album to put a smile on your face, a song in your heart and your booty on the dance floor.

91
Consequence of Sound

With Cuz I Love You, Lizzo has sidestepped the majority of frustrating industry standards to present a musical breathe of fresh air. The record is purposefully compact, genre-blending, unifying, reaffirming, devoid of corniness.

90
Clash

Offering up a mix of pop, hip-hop, R&B and a sprinkling of trap and neo soul for good measure, Lizzo covers all bases and serves the perfect introduction to her world for mainstream audiences.

90
Exclaim!

At its core, Cuz I Love You is dripping in a confident rebellion that has been a catalyst for the R&B/soul divas throughout the decades.

90
Gigwise

A truly honest, empowering album of advice to dance, love and live your life by.

85
The Line of Best Fit
Lizzo’s inherent charisma and charm go a long way to make her self-empowerment messages convincing – and it’s undeniably more exciting and empowering to see a fat black woman sing about loving herself
84
HipHopDX

Cuz I Love You may not be perfect, but neither is self-love. It’s a tumultuous journey of trials, tribulations and everything in between, which is something Lizzo is able to illustrate quite well.

82
Paste

Her music and her persona may be inextricably entwined, but it’s a delightfully fun package.

80
DIY

Power and self-confidence run through the record.

80
The Independent

This is a polished, playful album, though it has a DIY edge to it.

80
The Observer

Colourful, positive and shamelessly retro, US singer and rapper Melissa Jefferson’s third album is the biggest, most focused set of her career thus far.

80
Slant Magazine

Expertly sequenced in a concise, 33-minute package, Cuz I Love You moves from strength to strength.

80
Rolling Stone

Cuz I Love You follows through on the legend she’s been steadily building over the past few years.

80
The Needle Drop

Though it succumbs to some trends and has a bit of a loose framework, Lizzo's latest album is still a fantastic fusion of rap and soul music.

80
God Is in the TV

What makes Cuz I Love You such a pleasurable listen is that regardless of the genre Lizzo tackles, everything is carefully pinned together by her enchanting personality. Her confidence and character transcend the songs themselves.

80
Highsnobiety

Although she already found her voice a few years back, it’s never sounded better than it does here, and even more importantly than that, it’s thrilling to see that the world is finally ready to hear it.

80
AllMusic

Fueled by megawatt energy that never lets up, Cuz I Love You is a triumphant showcase for every part of Lizzo's talent, physicality, and sexuality.

75
A.V. Club

Lizzo’s best asset is her personality, and she’s at her best when she lets it shine bright.

75
Spectrum Culture

Though imperfect, Cuz I Love You is the great leap forward that long-time fans of Lizzo have been waiting for, catapulting her into the upper echelons of stardom.

70
Crack Magazine

Cuz I Love You is chock-full of the type of melodic, infectious party bangers that Lizzo has been threatening to unleash since she first busted out on the scene in 2013.

65
Pitchfork

Despite her obvious skill and charisma, some of the album’s 11 songs are burdened with overwrought production, awkward turns of phrase, and ham-handed rapping.

60
The Guardian

Cuz I Love You keeps its foot pressed down hard on the accelerator for half an hour in an attempt to ram-raid the charts. It’s hard not to hope it’s a success ... and hard not to hope that next time, she occasionally changes gear.

60
PopMatters

Yes, the album is impressive. But without much depth beyond its own self-absorption, it doesn't come on as strong as it thinks it does.

60
No Ripcord

For all the confidence she radiates, she's got some growing up to do. And if part of maturing means elevating her music to her message, so much the better.

PipePanic
87
DAMN OUR QUEEN SLAYED YET AGAIN WITH GAY BANGERS
WE STAN
100S ONLY
BOTS AT THE READY
150 LIKES ON STAN REVIEW
ALL CRITISISM IS UNVALID
FUCK GOD
OUR NEW LORD IS OUR WIG SNATCHING IDLE
LIZZO THE NEW LEADER OF THE UNDERWORLD WHO WILL SAVE THIS WORLD FROM REFUGEE
ALL HAIL
ALL HAIL
ALL HAIL
TWERK FOR OUR PLEASURE YOU FLUTE PLAYING DEMON

...ahem

This was a super fun album. Honestly, this is my album to beat for pop album of the year, because damn does Lizzo steal the show on this album. There ... read more
PatrickL0419
75
big dick energy: the album

edit: great tracks, only complaint being i could not breathe for even a split second during the track listing, but other than that, solid tunes all around, except that last track kinda wack, but between this and Carly Rae Jepsen, pop music boutta take the W this year
Benny
NR
"PEOPLE WHO 'REVIEW' ALBUMS AND DONT MAKE MUSIC THEMSELVES SHOULD BE UNEMPLOYED"|
-Lizzo
MothaOfMotha12
90
shes an amazing vocalist that can rap really well without sounding awkward or cringey.

Tempo soty i swear
bajafrecuencia
70
Such a beautiful and heartwarming album. Pure fun and personality impregnated in a diverse group of entertaining tracks. Lizzo's voice is magnificent even though every now and then the production devours what makes the LP great in the first place.

I can see myself loving this much more in the future, but for now I'm gonna stand for this as a pretty solid record.

Strong 7
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Track List

  1. Cuz I Love You
  2. Like A Girl
  3. Juice
  4. Soulmate
  5. Jerome
  6. Cry Baby
  7. Tempo (feat. Missy Elliott)
  8. Exactly How I Feel (feat. Gucci Mane)
  9. Better In Color
  10. Heaven Help Me
  11. Lingerie
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