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90
Loud and Quiet

A razor sharp and nonconformist debut, elevated by its playful self-awareness.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Injury Reserve cycles through different forms – the bone-crushing and bass heavy, the feather-light and confessional – totalling every single one.

84
Sputnikmusic

What makes the trio so interesting, then, is something outside of their unique position within the genre's movements -- outside, moreover, of their purported claim to "experimentation". It's an understanding of their craft -- an acceptance of its boundaries -- and a willingness to grow.

80
The 405

Having always navigated between experimental and classic styles of hip-hop, this new record sees the trio’s creative pulse palpitate at full throttle.

80
Highsnobiety

Sure, this record’s energy dips at times, and it’s clear the group is still learning, but on the whole it’s an arresting debut that suggests a very bright future.

80
Exclaim!

What sets them apart is that they feel like real dudes. There's no pretension — they're you, if you were much, much better at rapping.

70
The Needle Drop
Injury Reserve's debut studio album isn't quite as consistent as the trio's mixtapes, but is nevertheless a cut above most of what you'll find in today's rap field.
68
Pitchfork

Too often ... Injury Reserve gets stuck between its experimental urges and its pop ambitions. In searching for a happy medium, it’s never quite noisy enough or quite catchy enough.

PipePanic
95

Hello! And welcome to Album of the Year reviewer tutorial!
Step One: Being a New Zealander on this site is like a constant lottery win, because we get records a day early, meaning that I can put anything in this review and because it's early, the algorithm helps me out and I can be a shameless whore every Friday!
Step Two: Make sure no one does a review more then 5 likes before you post. Hell, I'm probably too late to this record, because I didn't wake up on the spot at 1am!
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morningsbell
86

ah yes three dudes yelling at me over car scratchy zyoom zyoom noises hmmmn music ah yes

fav tracks: jawbreaker, gtfu, jailbreak the tesla, rap song tutorial, WHAT A YEAR IT'S BEEN, three man weave

MattsReviews
80

One of the main aspects I look for in an album is creativity. Creativity is something that’s vital to this music industry as it keeps everything changing, provides genre defining moments, and can potentially change music forever. Following the norm may be a safe strategy, but that boldness and bravery, to strive for something more, to take a large risk on your full-length project, to provide something that could either be a hit or a miss, is something that shouldn’t be taken for ... read more

70

Nice. Best song: GTFO

84

8.4/10

0racle
84

This was the first Injury Reserve album I heard and it blew me away back on that first listen. Of course, Parker's production here is great and only gets more creative by the project but the chemistry between Ritchie and Groggs on here is insane. So many standout tracks here that are some of the group's best and it's heartbreaking to know that this was the final project before Groggs passed. Love this one

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Added on: April 18, 2019