The Album

Teyana Taylor - The Album
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2020 Ratings: #455 / 684
User Score
Based on 252 ratings
2020 Ratings: #1077
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June 19, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Clash

It’s clear from the first listen that this album serves as Teyana’s most personal steady project yet. Teyana has been marching to the beat of her drum since her introduction to the world back in 2006, and she’s kept her foot on our necks ever since.

83
Entertainment Weekly
Taylor's latest stands up as an assertion of her sexuality in a world that often desexualizes mothers.
80
NME
Teyana Taylor has finally delivered a record that scratches far beneath the surface of her persona as she triumphantly prioritises herself, from her sexuality to her vulnerabilities. In fact, it feels as though, on ‘The Album’, her vulnerabilities are her biggest source of strength and clarity.
80
The Young Folks

Although much of the project isn’t groundbreaking in terms of new sounds, as Taylor is clearly influenced by past and present R&B greats, her willingness to explore a multitude of genres makes The Album uniquely hers. It helps that Taylor’s voice is rich and melodic – each song is full of warm tones and, overall, the project is incredibly enjoyable and easy to listen to.

80
AllMusic
Almost 80 minutes in duration, this set even dwarfs the aggregate of the two preceding releases as if to leave no doubt that it's her definitive and unrestricted work.
73
Pitchfork
Teyana Taylor regains control of her art across a long and complex album, one that deftly recontextualizes classic R&B and better represents the fierce persona she has honed in public.
70
FLOOD Magazine

Sometimes, you do wish that The Album was a little shorter, or better edited with its plateaus and extended vibes—too many up-tempo tracks in a row, then too many ballads—but, overall, Teyana Taylor has found new expressionism in R&B traditions you didn’t think were possible or probable.

65
Spectrum Culture

The Album doesn’t benefit from its 77-minute runtime, especially when much of the midsection is devoted to sleepy songs about sex.

60
Rolling Stone

With 23 songs and an hour-plus running time, The Album soars and sags.

50
The Needle Drop

At a sprawling 23 tracks, The Album has highlights and duds in equal measure.

Doublez
55
Finally, The Album looks like a missed appointment.

Let's be honest, I like the artist and character Teyana Taylor, member of GOOD Music, however I don't think she's able to be a leading artist in my opinion. Teyana has built her career in a remarkable way. Apart from her debut when she exploded in the public eye, she still has a relatively unobtrusive career path, with few albums and few features. Yet Teyana Taylor is almost as well known as a leading artist, not least thanks to her ... read more
reaIreaIweaseI
45
THE ALBUM (2).

Welp, it's been exactly four months. Time to rip this band-aid off once and for all.

To be blunt, Teyana Taylor's musical career has been extremely uninteresting. She has zero well-known songs at this point in time, and she's most known for being a background vocalist on Kanye West songs such as Dark Fantasy and Hell of a Life. Her 2018 outing K.T.S.E. was her most well-received project critically, with production courtesy of Kanye West from front to back, but the main problem ... read more
jacksimpson741
20
So Teyana was pretty well publicized in how angry she was at Kanye for pretty much taking creative control for her last album K.T.S.E., and cutting a lot of songs off that album to fit his 7 song Wyoming output at the time (one of the best months of my life, for the record). Now, K.T.S.E., while far from perfect, was an album I enjoyed. You’d be hardpressed to find R&B more gorgeous than some of the highlights on that project. So I was interested in what an album would look like under ... read more
se101
20
This felt like one 87 minute song. I was so bored. Nothing happened.
N0stalgia
40
With 23 tracks and a total length of 1 hour and 17 minutes, you'd hope that Teyana Taylor would bring a wide range of diversity and ideas to the table to make the committment that is sitting down and listening to this from start to finish, especially more than once, worth it, but that's not the case at all. Instead, every track just bleeds into the next with its squeaky-clean and lifeless performances and production, and fails to stand out other than by means of its features which either make ... read more
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Track List

  1. Intro
  2. Come Back To Me (feat. Junie & Rick Ross)
  3. Wake Up Love (feat. Iman)
  4. Lowkey (feat. Erykah Badu)
  5. Let's Build (feat. Quavo)
  6. 1800-One-Night
  7. Morning
  8. Boomin (feat. Missy Elliott & Future)
  9. 69
  10. Killa (feat. Davido)
  11. Bad
  12. Wrong Bitch
  13. Shoot It Up (feat. Big Sean)
  14. Bare Wit Me
  15. Lose Each Other
  16. Concrete
  17. Still
  18. Ever Ever
  19. Try Again
  20. Friends
  21. How You Want It? (feat. King Combs)
  22. Made It
  23. We Got Love (feat. Lauryn Hill)
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Added on: May 7, 2020