AOTY 2019
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2015 Ratings: #316 / 772
User Score
Based on 210 ratings
2015 Ratings: #243
February 17, 2015 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Drowned in Sound

Sour Soul is sublime. Rather than standing around starstruck, BBNG have more than proven their worth as Ghostface’s backing band.

80
The Skinny

This three-piece know their art inside out, and it’s the balance of the unpredicted with the familiarity of hip-hop's finest that renders Sour Soul just so sweet.

80
Paste

Sour Soul is an evening album, like all good jazz albums should be. The kind you turn on over lamplight or bump on your headphones.

80
FasterLouder
The unmistakable, ever-reliable vocals of Ghostface provide a gritty realism to the dark subject matter, contrasting nicely with the smooth, layered atmosphere laid down by BBNG.
80
XXL

The high level of production and the perfectly chosen features on Sour Soul are the high points of the LP. Ghost may not be on top of his game here, but the the Wu-Tang MC definitely provides some highlight moments of his own on the project.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes
The meticulous jazz of the trio complements Ghostface’s trigonometric slang. And what’s most amazing is the breadth of subject matter: from ruminations on life back in NYC as a “Stapleton nigga” to food advice.
80
Billboard

On the impressive Sour Soul, the Canadian trio ... bangs out rich blaxploitation-invoking live instrumentals, providing a perfect canvas for the Wu-Tang Clan vet's vivid rhymes about dodging police, jewelry and, oddly enough, yoga.

80
NOW Magazine
Toronto's BADBADNOTGOOD continue to live the dream, banging out deep, soulful, jazz-infused hip-hop instrumentals like a young trio of pied pipers, drawing gifted MCs out of the woodwork.
75
Under The Radar
It may be a knockoff, but it's one of the most fun Wu-affiliated records of the past decade.
70
musicOMH
The combination of the jazz and rock inspired instrumentals and Ghostface’s expressive, accusative flows make for exciting listening, even if it has an air of predictability about it.
70
AllMusic

In James Bond terms, Sour Soul is the almost addendum-ish Quantum of Solace as it offers adventurous fans the same opportunities for a quick fix while sacrificing a bit of weight.

70
HipHopDX

For some critics, Ghostface might be waning. With Sour Soul at least he’s proven it’s fitting to catch him glimpses.

67
Consequence of Sound
Attempts at the rapper-live band album are risky, and while it has some qualifiers, this one has to be counted as a success.
62
Pitchfork
Make no mistake: The presence of BADBADNOTGOOD and some show-stealing guest verses are reason enough to face the prospect of Ghostface in second gear.
60
Exclaim!
Yes, there's much to love here if you're a fan of either Ghost or BBNG, but at 30 minutes, this album hurriedly finishes without giving its concepts enough time to bloom.
60
The Line of Best Fit
The resulting project is weirdly disappointing; a bold creative decision ends up splitting the collaborators’ contributions down the middle, and BBNG bring surprisingly little vigour or experimentation to the table.
60
PopMatters

Sour Soul is a quiet storm, a Sunday night moment to relax. Even when Ghostface Killah is flexing his muscles, he’s doing it within an inherently mellow, unimportant context.

MinatoArisato
75
A really cool collaborative album where the two acts complement each other finely. This really feels like a revival of Ghostface as it's the best he has sounded in a long time.

Best Track: Ray Gun
Worst Track: Mono
El_Bark
90
crazy how BBNG didn't more lowkey on their sound in this album and it's still fucking amazing as Ghostface Killah spits some of his best bars
Z.Younk
82
Ghostface isn't as lyrically sharp with quickfire imagery as on 12 Reasons to Die or Supreme Clientele, nor does he bother to spin intricate narratives this time around. BADBADNOTGOOD have developed their sound more than any of their previous releases, and thus, Ghostface relies mostly on their mastery of dark jazz-rap. They actually work symbiotically, as Ghostface's vocals add what BBNG's music was always missing, real direction and purpose. Ghost's ease with lyrics is still impressive even ... read more
Jack
80
criminally underrated
AZIZ
88
This album deserves a lot more love. This is some of GFK's best work.
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Track List

  1. Mono
  2. Sour Soul
  3. Six Degrees (feat. Danny Brown)
  4. Gunshowers (feat. Elzhi)
  5. Stark's Reality
  6. Tone's Rap
  7. Mind Playing Tricks
  8. Street Knowledge (feat. Tree)
  9. Ray Gun (feat. DOOM)
  10. Nuggets of Wisdom
  11. Food
  12. Experience
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