AOTY 2020

Anime, Trauma and Divorce

Open Mike Eagle - Anime, Trauma and Divorce
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2020 Ratings: #227 / 767
User Score
Based on 334 ratings
2020 Ratings: #367
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Clash
A lesser rapper might sink in the mire, but Open Mike has always been dope on the mic, and ‘Anime, Trauma and Divorce’ find him at his best.
83
Beats Per Minute

Anime, Trauma and Divorce is a self-help rap record that manages to be heart-breaking and humorous at the same time, and never takes its audience for granted, which is a rare find in any medium.

80
Loud and Quiet

This record will earn the cultish acclaim coming its way.

80
DIY

Life may have given Open Mike Eagle some fresh citrus fruit, but this resulting record is some sweet, sweet lemonade.

80
The Line of Best Fit
Open Mike Eagle working through his pain is more gleeful than many MCs rapping about their best days, so more is always welcome.
80
Pitchfork

On his bleakly comic new album, Open Mike Eagle surveys the damage of one terrible year, using anime mythology as a lens for examining real-life pain.

70
AllMusic
The album's numerous anime references will be lost on listeners who don't follow the art form, but nearly anyone can relate to his confusion, weariness, and desire to set things back on the right path.
60
The Needle Drop

While it's certainly understandable that Open Mike Eagle is still processing the events that inspire his latest album, it's hard not to feel the narratives lack the depth of his past work.

Rater
50
I really liked a few tracks on here, especially "The Black Mirror Episode" - a song that really intrigued me for its topic and its eerie vibe which was an anomaly within this record.
Apart from the rare highlights, there isn't really much I can comment on besides saying that it is a boring record and a snoozefest. Open Mike Eagle reminds me heavily of Isaiah Rashad as they both bore me tremendously with their uncharismatic deliveries and Cloud Rap aesthetic. There's a difference ... read more
MasterCrackfox
81
Open Mike Eagle really gained prominence on his album from 2017, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, which was my first introduction to the artist. However, he's been floating around for over a decade now as a member of hip hop collectives and more prominently as a comedian and podcaster. His time on Comedy Central may have been a big moment for him to grab the spotlight and show what he could do, and by the time his 2017 album came out it was finally time for him to shine as a musician. That album ... read more
DCCXX
30
Over his extensive hip-hop career, Open Mike Eagle hasn't really proved why he should be regarded as highly as others in a similar vein of conscious (and self-conscious) hip-hop. Busdriver's manic delivery and off-kilter song progressions, milo's convoluted philosophical musings, and Elucid's performances with billy woods as Armand Hammer all serve as figureheads of this alternative style, while Mike plays second fiddle with comatose, almost expressionless rapping and meek beat selection. With ... read more
MickyT
76
Best album title.
JAZZYCHIEF
85
The subtle genius of Open Mike Eagles minimalism impresses me yet again, a uniquely weird and introspective release.

I can see this going down but I'm giving this an 87 for now, hopefully it stays that way.

Edit: It went down😔
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Track List

  1. Death Parade
  2. Headass (Idiot Shinji) [feat. Video Dave]
  3. Sweatpants Spiderman
  4. Bucciarati (feat. Kari Faux)
  5. Asa's Bop (feat. Little A$e)
  6. The Edge of New Clothes
  7. Everything Ends Last Year
  8. The Black Mirror Episode
  9. Wtf is Self Care
  10. I'm a Joestar (Black Power Fantasy)
  11. Airplane Boneyard
  12. Fifteen Twenty Feet Ocean Nah (feat. Little A$e)
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Added on: August 18, 2020