Nothing Great About Britain

slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2019 Ratings: #9 / 262
User Score
Based on 160 ratings
2019 Ratings: #33
May 17, 2019 / Release Date
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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.

40
musicOMH

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

fakeplasticrose
75
as a british person, i can confirm that the title is in fact true
JoaoSantos
76
What the fuck is Doorman doing in an album like this and why is it so good?
thomasny18
80
Ok, I think I made my mind up about this album.

I have tough time when it comes to loving UK rap albums. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy some, but I feel part of my lack enthusiasm comes with being around people that'll hype up any sort of grime or drill artist that's making a name for themselves and most what's being hyped I don't really care for. Just to be clear, I promise this isn't one of them cringy "I'm born in the wrong generation" type of moments, it's more me feeling ... read more
rydenoir
70
“I love you like a crackhead loves crack”

I can’t say I was terribly excited or hyped to dive into this debut by UK rapper Slowthai but I was definitely intrigued. He seemed to effectively combine the raw garage aspects of The Streets (I mean just listen to the track “Peace Of Mind” and tell me he doesn’t remind you of Mike Skinner) as well as the grime delivery to a T. I thought the lead single for this album “Doorman” had such a fantastic punk ... read more
RakkSmells
81
Well as someone who loved slowthai's verse on High Beams, this project was much more different to what I initially expected. Well not really, since I did hear the singles. Ah, whatever.

While Nothing Great About Britain keeps the same tone and style throughout the project, the listen is entirely worth it with the immaculate and memorable production and great lyrics and storytelling. Slowthai is just a really engaging rapper and I think it'd be great to see where he takes his style from here, ... read more
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Track List

  1. Nothing Great About Britain
  2. Doorman
  3. Dead Leaves
  4. Gorgeous
  5. Crack
  6. Grow Up (feat. Jaykae)
  7. Inglorious (feat. Skepta)
  8. Toaster
  9. Peace of Mind
  10. Missing
  11. Northampton's Child
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