AOTY 2022

Man on the Moon III: The Chosen

Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon III: The Chosen
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2020 Ratings: #660 / 855
User Score
2020 Ratings: #232
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Clash

It’s not clear if this is to be the last instalment of the man on the moon franchise, but what is clear is that Kid Cudi is back on track, and with this release, has made his best solo album to date.

83
Consequence of Sound

With Man on the Moon III: The Chosen, Kid Cudi brings a fitting conclusion to a captivating adventure of a troubled but promising kid who eventually grows into a man.

80
The Line of Best Fit
While it might take a few listens to make sense of the album's seemingly muddled introduction, one thing is clear: by the end of this hour-long journey, Cudi has reached his destination.
80
NME
‘Man On The Moon III: The Chosen’ is a cinematic masterstroke that electrifies the senses at every turn.
80
Exclaim!

Man on the Moon III proves that even the most harrowing stories can end on a bright note.

72
Sputnikmusic

There's nothing Kid Cudi could release in 2020 that actually feels like the album he would have made immediately after The Legend of Mr. Rager, and even if there was, we'd all be talking about how little new ground it breaks. The Chosen then is the perfect middle ground: nostalgic enough, good enough, but also dedicated enough to just being a goddamn album without all the baggage.

70
The Needle Drop

The Chosen is Kid Kudi's best solo project since the second Man on the Moon (and it may even have that one beat).

70
AllMusic

Man on the Moon, Vol 3: The Chosen represents both a return to form for Cudi as much as a distillation of his most successful experiments with genre and delivery.

70
The Young Folks

Kid Cudi’s music reflects his personal experience, and the third installment of the Man on the Moon trilogy serves as a proper reprisal for the fans who feel that his soundtrack swings in rhythm with their life as well.

60
Loud and Quiet
The album’s best moments are intended as group catharsis between the listener and Cudi himself.
50
Rolling Stone

We’ve seen it all before. Kid Cudi’s ability to be an avatar for people’s struggles with mental illness has always been central to his appeal. His music might still be relatable, but it has never sounded so cliché.

49
Pitchfork

Even though Cudi’s heart is in the right place, Man on the Moon III is still like when the old rock band reunites and their costumes don’t fit anymore.

Doublez
76

Meticulously cradled by a high-class production, Man of the Moon III not only managed first to find its place, following 10 years later, but also managed to prolong the adventure in a remarkable way. In its entirety Man of The Moon III is a dose of nostalgia that is pleasant to listen to and particularly solid, showing the great return of an artist who returns from far away, where he was a prisoner of himself.

A myth come true, Man of the Moon has long been a hope for all his fans, but the ... read more

ParthanyJobtano
80

edit: (this is after 5 relistens)

act one and two is
good if you forget who and
what youre listening

offers top notch prod.
but doesn't really sound like
man on the moon 3

trap version of cud
is done more fruitfully on
the track sad people

while on first 8 tracks
cud (kinda) sounds like the fortnite man
this stays true to his's

original sound
re- (in)vention doesnt feel forced
excited for scotts

act three and four still
a ten outta ten and most
probs will stay that way

original ... read more

MattsReviews
70

The third installment of something usually can't live up to the originals, and Man on The Moon III is NOT an example of that.

Kid Cudi is back with a surprise album of "MOTMIII: The Chosen". Leading up to this, he's released 2 albums before it with the same name, and were both great. But everything in between 3 and 2-1 was just either mediocre or bad (excluding KSG). Example being "Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven". That was not only bad for his standards, but a bad album in ... read more

BRGYSEK45
80

Solid project, the second half was little weaker, but even the weaker moments weren't bad.

fav tracks : Tequila Shots, Show Out, The Void, Rockstar Knights
least fav track : Elsie's Baby Boy (flashback)

1. Beautiful Trip - *
2. Tequila Shots - 8/10
3. Another Day - 7/10
4. She Knows This - 8/10
5. Dive - 7/10
6. Damaged - 7/10
7. Heaven on Earth - 8/10
8. Show Out - 8/10
9. Mr. Solo Dolo, Pt. III - 7/10
10. Sad People - 8/10
11. Elsie's Baby Boy (flashback) - 5/10
12. Sept. 16 - 6/10
13. ... read more

Dr_Jay
75

Now I feel like I should like this more than I actually do, there aren't any bad songs on here but the album is missing a couple of hits for me and it looses steam in the middle, with sad people, sept. 16, lovin me before picking back up near the end. I also like rockstar knights but I feel like I should like it more than I do, which is a recurring theme with this album with Solo Dolo, Pt. III and She Knows This. I also think that 4 tha kids was the perfect closer for the album and Lord I konw ... read more

zucccuck
79

Vibe is immaculate and consistent. The highs here (Tequila Shots, Rockstar Knights, Show Out, etc.) are insane. This is probably the best Man on the Moon in my opinion and it deserves more respsect.

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Track List

1Beautiful Trip
0:37
78
2Tequila Shots
3:13
90
3Another Day
3:19
82
4She Knows This
3:36
84
5Dive
2:28
81
6Damaged
2:30
79
7Heaven on Earth
3:21
81
8Show Out
2:54
80
9Solo Dolo, Pt. III
4:02
89
10Sad People
2:56
84
11Elsie's Baby Boy (flashback)
3:39
67
12Sept. 16
4:09
84
13The Void
5:25
91
14Lovin' Me
2:45
85
15The Pale Moonlight
2:56
84
16Rockstar Knights
3:51
83
174 da Kidz
3:04
77
18Lord I Know
3:32
82
Total Length: 58 minutes

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Added on: October 26, 2020