Nothing Great About Britain

slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2019 Ratings: #87 / 770
Year End Rank: #19
User Score
2019 Ratings: #70
Liked by 66 people
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Guardian

Clever, bleak, funny, bracing, aware of a broad musical heritage but never in thrall to it: after you hear Nothing Great About Britain, it’s even more obvious why Slowthai stands out.

100
Highsnobiety
This album feels and sounds like an instant classic, and there’s a sense slowthai will soon be the name on everybody’s lips.
90
Loud and Quiet
Brutally honest and amusingly witty with his flow, aggressive and dynamic with his production work, and captivatingly appealing with his charm and charisma, all taken together it assembles a hugely impressive, compelling and socially important listen.
90
Clash
This compelling and provocative record is a haunting echo of a seemingly hopeless vignette of Britain today, where slowthai offers the slightest glimmer of optimism for a potentially brighter future. slowthai is the unexpected hero for the people we didn’t know we needed, but so many, justly deserve.
90
God Is in the TV
The most thought provoking debut of the year will have you flipping and reflipping until you know it all off by heart like a grim prospectus of the realities of life out there once we finally come out of the other side.
85
Northern Transmissions

slowthai finds himself as the poster boy for Brexit Britain and it’s a mantle that this street poet will no doubt relish.

84
Pitchfork

The Bajan-British rapper’s debut tackles the UK’s pressing crises—a looming Brexit, class hostility, widening poverty—with great jokes and writerly candor.

80
Dork
Scrappy or not, ‘Nothing Great About Britain’ is a triumph of a debut, genre-straddling, quick-witted and, most importantly, very fun to listen to.
80
NME
The Northampton rapper's unique debut album is authentic and honest in all its garish glory, an indication of the sprawling possible paths for his career to grow into.
80
The Line of Best Fit

It’s at times a brutal listen, but hidden between the hard knocks is the sound of a charismatic young artist who knows he’s making a debut album to remember.

80
The Observer

What connects is the dark charisma in Slowthai’s aggrieved squawk, a yelp of rage, fear and occasional self-loathing, crackling with the visceral betrayal of the left-behind.

80
The Needle Drop

On his debut album, slowthai proves himself to be an exciting new voice in the UK hip hop landscape.

80
Crack Magazine

His debut album, the knowingly-titled Nothing Great About Britain, succinctly captures the mental state of that fractured nation, and the fizzing energy of an exasperated youth.

80
AllMusic

Fresh and exhilarating, Nothing Great About Britain firmly establishes slowthai as one of U.K. rap's most relevant artists.

60
Spectrum Culture

Nothing Great About Britain is great at expressing a dizzying sort of (anti-)national pride, but the LP never quite puts its finger on new and newly inclusive ways of reimagining the nation.

40
musicOMH

A record that reveals the whirlwind of hype around Slowthai to be not much more than invisible garments on an arrogant emperor.

Doofy
72

The bloke’s from Northampton - all question of authenticity should be answered by that one fact.

He has my every sympathy.

laz456
95

Final Edit: I gotta go 9/10 on this. This album is so great, and incredibly consistent. Even the bonus tracks are awesome! I am captivated by this guy- his rapping, his story, his lyrics. This album is catchy, it's aggressive, it's emotional, and it's just a really satisfying experience front to back. Top 10 album of the year for me, possibly my rap AOTY, and definitely making my top 100 albums of the decade list easy.

Really solid front to back. Slowthai is compelling as a lyricist and ... read more

knewnie
60

slowthai has been having a pretty amazing year. getting a feature on a tyler the creator album, a feature on Ginger and touring with Brockhampton, and making a pretty good album here. it's safe to say he's one of the most interesting and notable new rappers this year. but how good is his debut album?

it's good. i enjoy it. it's not like, the best goddamn thing i've ever goddamn motherfucking heard, but it's definitely enjoyable.

the opener, Nothing Great About Britain sets the tone for the ... read more

70

I really enjoyed TYRON which is the album that introduced me to Slowthai and I feel like that is his superior album and I think I was expecting that sound on this one but instead got a grimey one which is still great but I feel like because of that expectation I enjoyed this album a bit less than most people.

ThatGuyAgain
71

Before we start, we’ve made it to 200 ratings/reviews!! Thank you for everything, the small amount of followers I’ve gotten up till this point mean a lot to me. Here’s to another 100!

Since TYRON finally clicked with me, I wanted to go back and check out slowthai’s debut. It’s pretty good, not as great as TYRON to me, but still a very solid rap album. Some songs are beautiful both lyrically and instrumentally (Toaster, Northampton’s Child). Others are ... read more

FiredNeutral
65

Not as good as tyron, but i do still enjoy it

fav track: doorman
least fav: grow up

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Track List

1Nothing Great About Britain
3:09
80
2Doorman
3:04
89
3Dead Leaves
2:48
79
4Gorgeous
4:15
90
5Crack
2:16
76
6Grow Up
3:00
feat. Jaykae
71
7Inglorious
3:08
feat. Skepta
79
8Toaster
3:04
84
9Peace of Mind
2:27
76
10Missing
2:20
81
11Northampton's Child
3:02
87
Total Length: 32 minutes
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Added on: March 28, 2019