FEET OF CLAY

Earl Sweatshirt - FEET OF CLAY
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
User Score
Based on 584 ratings
2019 Ratings: #336
November 1, 2019 / Release Date
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Warner / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

84
Pitchfork

A woozy, raw, magical, and extremely short album from hip-hop’s most tantalizingly inscrutable rapper.

80
NME

‘Feet Of Clay’ eschews Olympian-style rhyme schemes and bursts of clear-eyed soul-searching, instead offering a tender portrayal of Earl's psyche.

80
The Line of Best Fit

The EP retains the low-fi stream-of-consciousness sensibilities established in Sweatshirt’s past work whilst trading introspection with a much more tender sense of retrospection.

80
Rolling Stone

Feet Of Clay comes to life on a granular level. A tiny masterpiece awaits around every corner.

75
Consequence of Sound

Earl’s dense, unassuming flow is mixed almost equally alongside labyrinthine samples and buried-alive drums like a particularly busy piece of mosaic art.

70
Clash

Earl is as you've come to know him: unflinchingly honest, languid yet lyrically dexterous and decidedly lo-fi.

50
The Needle Drop

Feet of Clay sounds like a cobbled together set of SRS-style odds and ends.

PipePanic
65
Be me. I'm enjoying myself a good sandwich. A turkey sandwich to be exact, with mayo and the crusts cut off. I'm having a good time, a good day, a good hour. It's calm, meditative and pleasing. I'm in my lungs in my couch, and am watching an episode of Tim and Eric on TV. Then all of a sudden...CRASH! The window of my lounge breaks.

'What the fuck was that?', I say to myself. I out down my half eaten sandwich and pause the TV (I have Tevo, it's fine) and investigate. Around the corner of the ... read more
Mol
86
This isn't quite a review of the album, but more of a reflection.

When Earl Sweatshirt's Some Rap Songs came out in November last year, I felt like my back was against the wall. I had fixed a lot of facets of my life but I still felt alone and like I was fighting for everything - my reputation, my achievements, my grades. The album served as a solemn battle cry as I rushed into my life an achiever but alone.

Now it's November this year. I stumbled upon two friends who changed my life and ... read more
WhatTheFunk
61
This is what you get when your mom says "We have Some Rap Songs at home"

Earl Sweatshirt arrives when you least expect it. Similar to a Frank Ocean or an Isaiah Rashad, he updates his catalogue every three years instead of every 12 months. Earl's stans hate it. They always want more, it never comes fast enough.

After the release of his 2018 album "Some Rap Songs", his third album, we could assume that another long pause will separate his last project from the next. ... read more
_zeltrxn17
71
UPDATE: I got off my medication, and yeah, this got a lil bit old. The dark-faceted production is sure admirable, but not quite hypnotic like SRS. And idc East actually isn't as bad as some claim it is. Not Earl's best performance, but the arabian sample loop is weird in a kinda good way, and he rides it decently.

After a disappointing JIK and Pony, Earl announced new music to save all of us who stan him.
A short, brief, quality 15-minute extension of the Lo-Fi environment that was on SRS, but ... read more
zachthesnack
85
Edit: I made a tag for every project that I could think of that was closest related to or part of the sLUms movement that is going on in hip hop right now!

Here’s the link: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/zachthesnack/tag/slums%20movement/

Review:

Earl Sweatshirts fast paced, melancholic brand of hip hop is not for everyone, but the poignant lyrics and lo-fi production on this thing are really something else.

This EP has a really nice vibe from it and I will always welcome new ... read more
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Track List

  1. 74
  2. EAST
  3. MTOMB (prod. The Alchemist)
  4. OD
  5. EL TORO COMBO MEAL (feat. Mavi)
  6. TISKTISK/COOKIES
  7. 4N (feat. Mach-Hommy)
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