The Album

BLACKPINK - The Album
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2020 Ratings: #728 / 809
User Score
Based on 892 ratings
2020 Ratings: #942
Liked by 48 people
October 2, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
YG Entertainment / Label
K-Pop, Pop Rap / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Telegraph

Blackpink offer a maximalist mashup of old ideas, reheated, retooled and regurgitated, with all the originality of a photocopy montage and all the emotion of a set of emojis. It is Britney Spearmint Bubblegum on steroids, a masterpiece of chewy pop banality, all sound bites and furry costumes, signifying nothing.

80
The Guardian
The K-pop group unleash an intense 24-minute bombardment of killer hooks and snappy detailing – but it’s a shame the lyrical topics are so narrow.
80
AllMusic

Overflowing with confidence, Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa conquer each track on The Album with their vocal ability (both singing and rapping) and effortless charm, switching up styles to offer something for every type of fan.

70
Rolling Stone

Simply titled The Album, the eight-song set is a slick, confident and wildly entertaining release from the biggest girl group in the world.

67
Consequence of Sound
Where the album can get tired in production, the girls themselves are always there to keep you entertained. They’re master performers, with the vocal quality and skill to back it up.
60
Slant Magazine
The album feels stuck looking back to tried and true trends in both K-pop and Western pop music.
60
The Needle Drop
BLACKPINK's debut studio album is a bit too spotty for its size.
60
The Young Folks

As a whole, the project accomplishes what seems to be BLACKPINK’s greatest goal; inspiring confidence, and injecting energy into the ears of their listeners, but it also falls flat in several spots.

48
Sputnikmusic

There is roughly an EP worth of songs here that bring something remotely interesting to the table, rather than simply rehashing past ideas and reproducing beats you’ve heard in 100 other tracks before.

Inglume
18
You either get it or you don't. Lyrics are great. I like that line about the Moses. Vocals are really powerful and honest. Instrumentation is sometimes beautiful or hard-hitting. Line distribution is questionable. Personally, I would've preferred YG give Jisoo or Wing Wong more lines, but I digress. Definitely going into my Walmart shopping list. Blackpink is the Revolution. xoxo

Favourite tracks: All of them
MrMercury7
1
That was the longest 24 minutes of my life.

Jesus Christ, where do I even begin with this? Ugh, let's just get into it shall we?

1. The Lyrics - I don't know if it's unfair to critique KPop lyrics because I know there's going to be no real poetry in it but damn, this sounds like a middle school girl who listens to nothing but Ariana Grande wrote most of these lyrics. "Drivin though your puddles like splish, splash" - Love To Hate Me, I could show more examples but that's gonna take ... read more
marvelgaryen
81
I don't care about the hate, I saw these girls debut and I'm proud of them! This is a fun pop album, also the production is quite good, happy first album blinks!
nostalgia
20
Now that the bots are gone, I can finally talk about the album itself:

Wow, what an overblown and generic album Blackpinks debut turned out to be. I never really dug the group's "so confident that it almost becomes uncomfortably narcissistic" style but here it just proves to be even more unbearable and uninspired than on previous releases, with the features doing absolutely nothing to aid the quality of the album. The production also sounds like something I would have found stale in ... read more
wainotwhy
49
i just wrote 1300 words on blackpink i actually wanna fucking die

First and foremost, before I talk about anything else - holy FUCK is the mixing bad. It sounds like they're singing to me from a mile away with a speakerphone, yet the instrumentals themselves seem well mixed; I don't understand YG's insistence on adding what seems like an unnecessary level of reverb to their voices continuously throughout the album.

The Album (the most shameless KPop album name ever, but fair play), despite ... read more
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Track List

  1. How You Like That
  2. Ice Cream (feat. Selena Gomez)
  3. Pretty Savage
  4. Bet You Wanna (feat. Cardi B)
  5. Lovesick Girls
  6. Crazy Over You
  7. Love To Hate Me
  8. You Never Know
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Added on: July 27, 2020