Yung Lean - STARZ
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #656 / 692
User Score
Based on 748 ratings
2020 Ratings: #561
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May 15, 2020 / Release Date
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YEAR0001 / Label
Cloud Rap / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Earmilk
Yung Lean's newest album is likely his strongest and most consistent to date. It effectively elaborates on his preestablished dream trap aesthetics while still abandoning a safe compromise. Many years into his massive career, it's clear that the Swedish prodigy still has unique and engaging ideas that he's not afraid to commit to.
77
Beats Per Minute

As Starz brandishes Lean’s hazy flows and whitearmor’s icy synth blows in a beautiful marriage, new Lean listeners and Sad Boys alike are treated to a world of simultaneous confusion and beauty.

70
Clash
If this were any number of other artists, it’d be hailed as a masterpiece. If this were a statement album by a generic pop-rapper we’d all be praising it like the baby Jesus. No amount of Frank Ocean collabs, Travis Scott features, culture awards or YouTube millions will ever convince some folks to get over themselves and give Lean a chance, and that’s too bad.
60
NME
Yung Lean’s music has always been more interesting than it is good. ‘Starz’ features just enough captivating moments to prevent him – now an unexpected seven years into his career – from feeling played-out.
60
Exclaim!

Despite its brisk pacing, Starz still suffers from bloat. Songs like "Iceheart," "Dance in the Dark," and "My Agenda" could have been left off the track list and made the album more coherent and enjoyable to experience.

55
Pitchfork

On his new album, the sad-boy pioneer regresses into empty flexing, content to remain stagnant while the rap world passes him by.

50
The Needle Drop

The songwriting and vocal performances on Starz often leave a lot to be desired, though the Whitearmor production is pretty stellar.

BradTasteMusic
75
People gave me shit for reviewing The Weeknd after one half asleep listen, and it was deserved... but this album is why that half asleep strategy works

I don’t think I’ve ever slept so well to an album. I can’t really explain but damn, this was such a good listen to sleep to
Doublez
81
Much more clairvoyant and refined than his previous work, Starz is finally the album we hoped and expected, that is to say an ultra modern opus that perfectly highlights his talent and his universe.

Although Yung Lean has always found it difficult to make projects solid enough in their entirety, sometimes made from the top down, there's no denying that it's worth thanking him again for the major impact he has had (and not just on rap). In the end, despite his flaws, I personally have always ... read more
NickBrick
98
Yung lean has created Rodeo, for cloud “rap”

This is peak Lean. This is a sort of ambient r&b cloud rap fusion we have never heard before. White Armor absolutely killed the production. This is absolutely the best sound I’ve heard from Lean. I believe this will be an influential album, with its futuristic take on music in general.

I love every song on here. This could become one of my favorite albums of all time. Lean is absolutely killing the scene right now and Starz ... read more
soundworld
NR
Lean fucked around and dropped the AOTY.
N0stalgia
75
Production has always been the saving grace for Yung Lean's music in my eyes. Everything else never really stood out to me: his songwriting, his deliveries, all left me bored more often than impressed. Yet there was always something about his dreamy, atmospheric production that I couldn't help but find entrancing. 'STARZ' however, easily feels like Jonatan's most meticulously crafted, thought out, refined and enjoyable project from start to finish. On top of the fantastic production you could ... read more
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Track List

  1. My Agenda
  2. Yayo
  3. Boylife in EU
  4. Violence
  5. Outta My Head
  6. Dance in the Dark
  7. Acid At 7/11
  8. Starz (feat. Ariel Pink)
  9. Hellraiser
  10. Butterfly Paralyzed
  11. Dogboy
  12. Iceheart
  13. Pikachu
  14. Low
  15. Sunset Sunrise
  16. Put Me in a Spell
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Added on: February 26, 2020