Headie One - EDNA
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2020 Ratings: #82 / 688
User Score
Based on 100 ratings
2020 Ratings: #924
Liked by 1 person
October 9, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Relentless / Label
UK Hip Hop / Genres
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The Line of Best Fit

An album that delivers on all fronts, from the ratatat of drill or the swinging hip-hop beats, EDNA explores as much as it uncovers more sides to its voice.

On debut album ‘Edna’ he transcends the limits of any one scene, growing into a certified star.

Pulling out all the stops for an expansive statement of self, in EDNA the Tottenham great provides an impeccable portfolio of his varied sonics, concretizing his place among London's finest.

Loud and Quiet
Headie One is at last ready to assume his place at the top table of UK music.
The Telegraph

Despite its focus on crime and punishment and prodigious use of gangland slang, Edna proves far more thoughtful than the genre’s reputation might lead listeners to expect.

‘Edna’ is proof that he’s the unmistakeable, global ‘King of drill’, and much more besides.
The Arts Desk
There’s a lot you can learn about this country from hearing that grimness expressed with such determined intelligence.
The Observer

A workable entente between past and future is struck on Edna.

Headie One is not a bad rapper but rather one that doesn't have much identity, he's lacking a unique aesthetic/style that differs him from others. His flow is very repetitive and unoriginal for a Drill artist and that turns lots of his solo songs into snoozefests since there isn't much variety. Although, when he brings some melodies to the table I actually think most of his harmonizing turns out great. Most of his singing sounds crisp and clean and lots of his melodies are very memorable.
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while uk hip hop and drill is full of different and unique flows, you will not find any here. every verse sounds very similar and is interchangeable between songs.
Unfortunately, despite the warm reception from the critics, 'EDNA' turned out to be another tight, mediocre trap album. And while it has its good points, most of the album's action is hazy.
I chose to listen to this album because it seemed to have a huge budget which is something unusual for a drill project to have. The album was filled with features from the first track to the last one and was an interesting experience. I went into 'EDNA' with extremely high expectations and the second half of the project did an amazing job at meeting them, while the first half was fine but nothing special.

Headie One's vocals were above average sounding a little boring at times over the one ... read more
British Rap always makes me laugh, the way everything is pronounced is so funny to me. The beats are pretty weak and his delivery is not very energetic. Way too long to be this bland. My favorite part about this album was the Drake feature and that says something.

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Favorite Tracks: None!
Worst Tracks: None!
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Track List

  1. Teach Me
  2. Psalm35
  3. Bumpy Ride (ft. M Huncho)
  4. Triple Science
  5. The Light
  6. Ain’t It Different (ft. AJ Tracey & Stormzy)
  7. Mainstream
  8. Princess Cuts (ft. Young T & Bugsey)
  9. 21 Gun Salute (ft. Young Adz)
  10. Five Figures
  11. Hear No Evil (ft. Future)
  12. Breathing
  13. Only You Freestyle (ft. Drake)
  14. Try Me (ft. Skepta)
  15. F U Pay Me (ft. Ivorian Doll)
  16. Parlez-Vous Anglais (ft. Aitch)
  17. Everything Nice (ft. Haile)
  18. You Me (ft. Mahalia)
  19. Therapy
  20. Cold (ft. Kaash Paige)
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Added on: September 17, 2020