Only For Dolphins

Action Bronson - Only For Dolphins
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2020 Ratings: #730 / 799
User Score
Based on 197 ratings
2020 Ratings: #445
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This new album is his most in-depth, challenging, and straight-forwardly enjoyable, and certainly a vast improvement on 2018’s ‘White Bronco’, a project that clocked in at a mere 26 minutes.

The Line of Best Fit

Bronson’s one mode just about outstays it’s welcome by the album’s final moments, but he remains colourful, deeply entertaining and stubbornly unchanging.


Bronson's imagination, vivid as ever, makes up for the decreasing variation in his microphone approach.

Over a 10-year recording career, the Queens rapper has diversified his bonds and spread himself thin musically. Still, he remains a captivating figure on his most eclectic album yet.
Loud and Quiet

Only For Dolphins doesn’t feel meaningfully different to Lamb Over Rice, which was itself essentially the same album as 2018’s White Bronco.

The Young Folks

Despite some interesting personas, Bronson fails to create a convincing case of why it all matters in a musical context.

Action Bronson’s “Only For Dolphins” is a record that doesn’t break many boundaries within jazz rap and definitely doesn’t set a high standard within the subgenre, which was incredibly prolific last year, but still delivers a somewhat concise and extremely smooth set of tracks.

Action Bronson himself doesn’t display anything that is inherently wrong on the record and, on paper, he certainly has most of the attributes that would be required for the making of ... read more
While 'Only For Dolphins' isn't the most interesting jazz rap album to come out this year and it doesn't do much to make Action Bronson stand out from the sea of his contemporaries, it does a good job at being a relatively pleasant album with smooth jazzy production and slick rapping from Bronson.
Bronsolino is one of the best jazz rappers today at picking beats. It's honestly hard not to be carried by this production, but what Action has proven all these years is his ability to flow perfectly over these elegant instrumentals while maintaining the same ridiculous personality. I gotta give credit to him for self-producing the first track on this album; brass hits are my weakness. Alc also produces fire on Sergio, but it's expected at this point. Bronson has some of his usual funny lines, ... read more
EDIT: This grew off me a little. 75 to 70

I had never heard a full Action Bronson record, but wow this is really good.

I’m really surprised by the quality of the production on this thing. The beats are incredible, and the luxurious jazz rap aesthetic they bring is a perfect backdrop for Action Bronson, who has a lot of personality and is pretty witty with his verses. Seriously, the production on here is fantastic, and might be some of the best jazz rap production I’ve heard in a ... read more
No questions about it, Only for Dolphins is Action Bronson's best album yet. With 12 tracks, and a sub-40 minute runtime, there's not much room for error, and Bronson's usually rough but laidback delivery is perfect over these Alchemist and co beats. Peppered throughout the track beginnings and endings are dolphin clicks, and coupled with these extremely lavish lounge instrumentals, an extremely chill oceanic vibe is created. Usually I find Alchemist's beats empty and lifeless, but with Budgie, ... read more
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#69/Rough Trade

Track List

  1. Capoeira (feat. Yung Mehico)
  2. C12H16N2
  3. Latin Grammys
  4. Golden Eye
  5. Mongolia (feat. Hologram & Meyhem Lauren)
  6. Vega
  7. Splash
  8. Sergio
  9. Shredder
  10. Cliff Hanger
  11. Marcus Aurelius
  12. Hard Target
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Added on: September 9, 2020