Ugly is Beautiful

Oliver Tree - Ugly is Beautiful
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 655 ratings
2020 Ratings: #790
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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
46
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
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
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
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
Tristan
50
Damn. I was really, really excited for this. In March. When he delayed it to June, I was slowly losing interest but still clinging on. Then, he delayed it again to July. I'd lost most of my enthusiasm for this album over this time, especially after discovering that 7 of the 14 tracks had been released beforehand. I understand that this is the label's fault, but it still hurts the album greatly.

This album is, for the most part, standard pop rock with some of Oliver's uniqueness. None of the ... 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