Unknown Memory

Yung Lean - Unknown Memory
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2014 Ratings: #762 / 845
User Score
Based on 109 ratings
2014 Ratings: #406
September 23, 2014 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

75
The 405
Yung Lean isn't a caricature, he exists as yet another example of a millennial who represents the DIY, internet generation.
75
The Line of Best Fit
He embodies duality, irony, boredom and excess and has clearly taped into something.
70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Unknown Memory also taps into something novel; it’s an innocent, wide-eyed take on the amalgamation of A$AP Rocky and Travi$ Scott — the aesthetic aggregators — that seeks to comprehend, not to exploit.

70
NME
On his debut LP, the 18-year-old is ready to be taken seriously.
67
Consequence of Sound

Unknown Memory is a completely different beast than Unknown Death 2002, much less reliant on references and immature humor, and far more contemplative and atmospheric.

60
FACT Magazine

In its sepia daydreams of rap-game notoriety and unimaginable wealth, Unknown Memory stands remote – sad boys in a pack of their own.

36
Pitchfork
Yung Lean isn’t bringing anything new to rap; instead, he’s making cheap copies of his actual role models, and in doing so he removes the humanity of the rappers he’s imitating, creating unwitting caricatures of those artists and not much more.
95
Now imagine me as a 16 year old stupid kid. I never listened to albums, I never really cared about artistic reasoning in music.
And there it was, Yung Lean, this goofy ass, chubby white rapper. A friend showed me 'gatorade', I didn't like it. But I was intrigued by this guy, so after a little youtube search I found Yoshi City, and I didn't knew what I heard, amazing melodies, production and overall style. So I searched for the album that this song was on, Unknown Memory, and started listening ... read more
EMR
37
This album shows that time isn't always the perfect remedy, as Yung Lean distances himself from the identity forged by himself on his first two efforts, where the aesthetic and goofiness actually blended somehow well and sounded fun and uncompromised. The formula is often revisited here, but in a rather uninteresting and forgettable way.
Z.Younk
53
Aside from Yoshi City, an absolute mess. Lean's vocals overpower the beats which aren't mixed too well themselves, the work of Yung Gud, Lean's only claim to fame seems to be less prevalent.
JOFWGKTA
75
This album was a big improvement from his other works. The production is much more cleaner and better. The mixing and vocals sound professional and the songs are much more better. I generally find the LP fun to listen to.

FAV TRACKS: YOSHI CITY | VOLT | ICE COLD SMOKES | GHOST TOWN | LEANWORLD |

LEAST FAV: Don’t really have one but just mainly some songs are unnecessary or they are kinda boring but the production makes up for it
Kaapo
85
I used to think the synths are awful on songs like Yoshi City and Blinded, but those songs and the whole album has been growing on me a lot. Lean surpassingly well kept his uniqueness from UD 2002 and he continues making great albums after the very great and legendary debut
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Track List

  1. Blommor (Intro) 
  2. Blinded
  3. Sunrise Angel
  4. Yoshi City 
  5. Ice Cold Smoke 
  6. Dog Walk (Intermission)
  7. Don't Go
  8. Ghosttown (feat. Travi$ Scott )
  9. Monster 
  10. Volt 
  11. Leanworld
  12. Sandman
  13. Helt Ensam (Outro)
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