AOTY 2019

Injury Reserve

Injury Reserve - Injury Reserve
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2019 Ratings: #94 / 610
User Score
2019 Ratings: #54
May 17, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Loma Vista / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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
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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
ElectricMess
93
I’ll go in depth later, but for now, I’ll just say that this is one of the most creative rap albums you’re gonna hear all year

Injury Reserve have been making waves in rap music for five years now, so it's weird that this is technically their first studio album. 2016's Floss was well realized enough to be a a full album, but the band labeled it a mixtape instead. Now that we have the actual debut though, I'm happy they chose this to introduce themselves to the musical world ... read more
zachthesnack
78
Quite literally one of the most creative and personality filled rap albums of the year so far.

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JoaoSantos
69
Injury Reserve's new album is a treat for any hip hop/rap fan. It's really well produced, it has it's bangers and it's most vulnerable moments, the flow is mostly great, and the creativity here is endless. Some more disappointing moments here and there but generally, the album succeeds at delivering an intense and interesting experience. What A Year It's Been and Hello?! have to be my favorite parts of the album.
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Track List

  1. Koruna & Lime
  2. Jawbreaker (feat. Rico Nasty & Pro Teens)
  3. GTFU (feat. JPEGMAFIA & Cakes da Killa)
  4. QWERTY Interlude
  5. Jailbreak the Tesla (feat. Aminé)
  6. Gravy n’ Biscuits
  7. Rap Song Tutorial
  8. Wax On (feat. Freddie Gibbs)
  9. What a Year It’s Been
  10. Hello?!
  11. Best Spot in the House
  12. New Hawaii (feat. DRAM, Tony Velour & Dylan Brady)
  13. Three Man Weave
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