Cole World: The Sideline Story

J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2011 Ratings: #416 / 911
User Score
Based on 124 ratings
2011 Ratings: #220
September 27, 2011 / Release Date
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Roc Nation / Columbia / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

75
Beats Per Minute

Cole is a man to himself. He was faced with ignorance, and cranked out a hit album in its face.

70
Consequence of Sound

The Sideline Story is a safe album; rarely shooting for the stars, it consequently lacks extreme highs.

70
PopMatters

For whatever flaws listeners might be able to take away from Cole World, it’s near impossible to argue it’s not an easy or flagrantly enjoyable listen.

61
Pitchfork

It doesn't help that Cole brings the least-flavorful bars of his career to his debut, aiming, most likely, for something more universal than his diaristic mixtapes.

PreeMo
48
It's actually weird, but mostly boring...

...weird because, in 2019, you can kinda identify that this project is something Cole could make, yet everything about it feels so strange...I wouldn't even call it outdated, but somewhat unessential...
thebibleparttwo
13
ok what the hell
DeathIsBest
20
Idk why he thought it was ok to release this but ok
balleralan
60
it's alright
NR
Dollar and a Dream 3 7/10
Can't Get Enough 5/10
lights please 7.5/10
sideline story 9/10
Mr Nice Watch 3/10
Cole World 6/10
in the morning 5.5/10
Lost Ones 9.5/10
Nobody's Perfect 3/10
Never Told 6.5/10
Rise and Shine 7/10
God's Gift 7/10
Breakdown 8.5/10
Work Out 3/10
Who Dat 7.5/10
Daddy's Little Girl 3.5/10
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#10/Complex

Track List

  1. Intro 
  2. Dollar and a Dream III 
  3. Can't Get Enough 
  4. Lights Please
  5. Interlude 
  6. Sideline Story 
  7. Mr. Nice Watch 
  8. Cole World 
  9. In The Morning 
  10. Lost Ones 
  11. Nobody's Perfect 
  12. Never Told 
  13. Rise and Shine 
  14. God's Gift 
  15. Breakdown 
  16. Work Out
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Added on: September 27, 2011