Ugly is Beautiful

Oliver Tree - Ugly is Beautiful
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 413 ratings
2020 Ratings: #719
Liked by 17 people
July 17, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

Ugly Is Beautiful proves another showcase for the ironic bowl-cut and JNCO jean-wearing singer's bombastically hooky brand of pop.

70
The Needle Drop
Oliver Tree’s debut album proves that, beyond the bowl cut and JNCO jeans, there lies serious musical potential.
60
NME
With ‘Ugly Is Beautiful’, Oliver Tree just about silences his credibility critics by delivering wall-to-wall pop-rock ragers while encouraging fans to be unashamedly themselves, and having a ball doing so.
48
Pitchfork
The debut from this 27-year-old artist-turned-“living meme” chases shock and bombast but winds up surprisingly tame.
PipePanic
40
Poor Oliver, man.

Oliver Trees career has been both simultaneously annoying and captivating to watch, like a Ying and a Yang of cool and stupid. It's been captivating because of the strange, meme-like quality of his music videos and overall branding of his content, with mentions of scooters, giant pants and bowl cuts not being far away when talking about Oliver Trees music videos. It clear that Oliver Tree considers himself an artist, and it shows in nearly everything he does.

However, he's ... read more
TreyLikesBands
67
Oliver Oliver Oxen Tree, this isn't fun anymore!

Living meme, unapologetically himself, and potential industry plant, Oliver made a somewhat obnoxious and forced name for himself over the past five years, releasing as many singles as a band trying to take off from one song only. Luckily, that's what happened to him several times, with "When I'm Down" in 2016, "Alien Boy" in 2018, and "Hurt" in the same year. These tracks are super sticky, memorable, and all-around ... read more
Jazpurz
80
He did not let me down.

When Oliver Tree appeared on the scene in 2018 I immediately passed him off as another lofi/indie rap artist that I wouldn't hear about outside of Spotify playlists. I became more aware of him when his interesting bowl cut/scooter combo started gaining him meme recognition. Still his music didn't do much more me.

The first time he truly impressed me was with his single "Hurt", which did very well on the rock charts and boosted his popularity by quite a bit. ... read more
BradTasteMusic
52
This album has some great production on it, while also having almost 0 song diversity. I think that there is a lot about this guy that would have never appealed to me at all, but the fact that I left this appreciating the potential here is enough for a thumbs up

Still a mediocre album though
notbuzzzila
86
FANTASTIC

I hate opening reviews like this but whatever, I don't get it. Why is this record getting so much shit? Like, outside of the label's bullshit, besides the fact that Alien Boy's on another fucking project. I understand why someone would just flat-out dislike Ugly Is Beautiful, but most of the reasons the reviewers here are citing just don't make sense to me, which makes me think some of the people giving this low ratings just don't understand why Oliver Tree fans enjoy his shit. And ... read more
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Track List

  1. Me, Myself & I
  2. 1993 (feat. Little Ricky ZR3)
  3. Cash Machine
  4. Let Me Down
  5. Miracle Man
  6. Bury Me Alive
  7. Alien Boy
  8. Joke's On You!
  9. Again & Again
  10. Waste My Time
  11. Jerk
  12. Hurt
  13. Introspective
  14. I'm Gone
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Added on: December 6, 2019