BROCKHAMPTON - GINGER
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2019 Ratings: #534 / 757
User Score
2019 Ratings: #219
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August 23, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
RCA, Question Everything / Label
Pop Rap / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
DIY

Their most mature and concise work to date.

85
The Line of Best Fit

BROCKHAMPTON’s particular brand of magic comes from the careful balance of individuality in their unity. The tighter they are, the greater the music will be, and GINGER is testimony to that.

80
NME

The boyband’s fifth album is short on potential hits but sees them move past the intense, dogged emotion of predecessor ‘Iridescence’, proving they're built for distance.

80
The Needle Drop

GINGER is a return to form for the BROCKHAMPTON boys, albeit a decidedly downcast one.

80
AllMusic

Less rascally and rambunctious than their prior output, Ginger found the crew delving deeper into heavy emotional territory, tackling mental health, depression, betrayal, and struggles with love, faith, identity, and substance abuse.

75
Consequence of Sound

Since GINGER contains more fresh ideas than almost every great rap album of 2019 combined, once again it’s hard to pin down why it feels like such a relief when it finally ends.

65
Pitchfork

Even the prettiest BROCKHAMPTON songs can feel cramped, but many of these songs, though each endowed with their little moments, are disorganized or inefficient.

64
HipHopDX

While Iridescence proved that the group could survive Vann’s abrupt departure, Ginger exposes their creative limitations.

63
Paste

Each of their albums experiment with genre, but GINGER is all over the place, never really sure what it wants to be.

60
Clash

The self-proclaimed hardest working boyband in showbiz break new ground, but they're missing some of that old magic.

60
Highsnobiety

Unfortunately the final product doesn’t quite live up to the billing, with GINGER feeling like a confused, disjointed record, from a group that’s full of great ideas without the follow-through to fully realize them.

50
Rolling Stone

The 13-member “boy band” zips between sounds, signifiers and moods, usually staying on the surface but sometimes showing real depth.

Mol
36
Pre-Album: BROCKHAMPTON has become stale and too worried about their image. I hope they prove me wrong.

Post-Album: I miss Ameer
exception
76
I was completely wrong and am blown away by the quality of this album. The singles are by far the worst songs on the project. Stellar production throughout, great lyricism, and Ginger does an even better job at conveying that "indie rap" sound than iridescence had done awkwardly. The band has matured and progressed.

fav tracks: St. Percy (standout), Sugar, No Halo
PipePanic
88
Thank fucking Christ this is good.

As a sad, lonely and completely biased Stan of this group, I was worried sick for this album. BROCKHAMPTON is one of my absolute favorite rap groups, with irridesecence being one of my favorite albums of last year. So, when the singles were slightly underwhelming, I got worried SICK. Not that the singles were truly bad or anything, but when nothing connected the first time I heard the lead singles, especially when BROCKHAMPTONs single game was usually ... read more
JoaoSantos
69
Brockhampton still has it.

I was a bit worried at first because the singles didn't sound very promising. They felt messy, the mixing sounded off, I'd say the single choices weren't the best. But now, here we are.

Well, what the hell is Ginger? Ginger is a return to form (I was not the biggest fan of Irisdescence) for Brockhampton. I'd say it's a bit weaker compared to the Saturation trilogy but there is gold here. The album starts off with No Halo, probably the best single that they released ... read more
_zeltrxn17
66
UPDATE : Okay, some tracks that I didn't like at first do grow up on me, like sugar and dearly departed, but I guess that's it. It's an okay, decent album that goes "indie rap", which we don't get that many of in this style, and it's refreshing to see the band try new stuff. And the results are somewhat satisfactory, but not for me because compared to the mighty saturation trilogy, there is a clear margin in quality and catchiness and the flow between the group members.

The ... read more
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Track List

  1. NO HALO
  2. SUGAR
  3. BOY BYE
  4. HEAVEN BELONGS TO YOU
  5. ST. PERCY
  6. IF YOU PRAY RIGHT
  7. DEARLY DEPARTED
  8. I BEEN BORN AGAIN
  9. GINGER
  10. BIG BOY
  11. LOVE ME FOR LIFE
  12. VICTOR ROBERTS
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