Anime, Trauma and Divorce

Open Mike Eagle - Anime, Trauma and Divorce
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2020 Ratings: #164 / 797
User Score
Based on 412 ratings
2020 Ratings: #424
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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.
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.

Loud and Quiet

This record will earn the cultish acclaim coming its way.


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

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.
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.

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.

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.

"Anime, Trauma and Divorce" turns out to be a rather gimmicky project, as even if Open Mike Eagle presents himself set to be likeable, the outcome only lands on the contrary, solidifying himself as one of the most unimpressive rappers to fall under the abstract hip hop label that I've heard thus far.

This record represents something that is just as weird as 2020 as a whole and that only is supported by the outlandish album title "Anime, Trauma and Divorce", as it implies ... read more
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
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
Best album title.
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