Psychodrama

Dave - Psychodrama
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2019 Ratings: #6 / 588
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Based on 763 ratings
2019 Ratings: #555
March 8, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Guardian

Fearless and incisive, Dave’s reportage-style tracks sketch out race, prison and abusive relationships, resulting in a landmark record.

100
The Independent

At 20 years old, Dave – born David Orobosa Omoregie – has just released one of the most thoughtful, moving and necessary albums of 2019 so far.

100
NME

A moving, quasi-concept album, this debut from the 20-year-old rapper is bold and thought-provoking, the kind of record that comes along only rarely.

95
The Line of Best Fit

PSYCHODRAMA isn’t an album to stand up and rejoice to. It’s a sit-down-and-consume, a listen-and-learn. In doing that, you appreciate the blood, sweat and tears that have gone into the prose.

90
Highsnobiety

PSYCHODRAMA is a consistently engaging record that echoes the complexities of being black in a broken Britain. It feels like a giant step forward for UK rap.

90
musicOMH

It’s rare to hear a debut album so confident and accomplished, especially when the artist himself has just turned 20 years old. Yet Psychodrama is pretty close to a masterpiece and raises the bar for a new standard in British rap.

90
DIY

For the most part ... ‘Psychodrama’ is consistent in its darkness, in its razor-sharp lyricism.

80
The Observer

The past three years have seen him grow from underground street-freestyling sensation to truly versatile artist.

80
Pitchfork

His debut album, Psychodrama, is one of the most significant bodies of British rap music in a generation.

50
The Needle Drop

It's hard not to nod in agreement with what Dave's saying throughout Psychodrama, but generic instrumentals and humdrum flows don't translate many of his good points into captivating songs.

PatrickL0419
54
People seemed to really enjoy this record, and while Dave is a very technically proficient rapper, I didn't find Pscyhodrama all that captivating.

The beats are serviceable but not very memorable, and the socio-political threads through which Dave weaves his lyrical tapestry are almost as cliché as the metaphor I just used. I applaud any rapper that attempts to tackle societal issues in their music, but Dave doesn't really put a personal spin on it, and seems content to just throw out ... read more
zachthesnack
79
Edit: OKAY FUCK IT I LOVE THIS

Prelude: This might be shaping up to be the best year that UK Rap has ever seen

Review: GODDAMMIT THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A 9, BUT VOICES WAS SO GODDAMN BAD UGH

This is perhaps, the most meaningful rap release of the year so far. UK Rapper Dave absolutely pours out his heart over 11 tracks. His keen sense of wordplay and admirable storytelling abilities are the most likable features of this album. The album features this 10 minute epic of a song called Lesley ... read more
BEAR
85
Goddamn this is fantastic. I think even people who don't like British Rap could enjoy this. Dave is a great storyteller and lyricist and he showcases that on this album. The instrumentals on this album are beautiful produced too. They make the whole psychodrama theme of the album better. AOTY so far.

FAV TRACKS: Psycho, Streatham, Black, Disaster, Screwface Capital, Lesley,

LEAST FAV TRACK: Voices

EDIT: Damn this grew off me.

EDIT 2: Okay it grew back a bit.

OG RATING: 96
AZIZ
58
Most overrated shit since Care For Me by Saba
PreeMo
55
Not saying the album is completly devoid of highlights, but most of this feels so characterless...which is especially bad if we consider that this is a concept album about his own struggles with mental health issues...

He isn't a bad rapper and the aesthetic as well as ambition is there, but the execution resulted in a great amount of inconsistency with cliché and corny bars...his delivery is also a bit weak to me, but he compensates it with his accent tbh...

The production makes ... read more
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Track List

  1. Psycho
  2. Streatham
  3. Black
  4. Purple Heart
  5. Location (feat. Burna Boy)
  6. Disaster (feat. J Hus)
  7. Screwface Capital
  8. Environment
  9. Lesley (feat. Ruelle)
  10. Voices
  11. Drama
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Added on: March 3, 2019