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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Independent
This album isn’t the creation of a gimmick-spinner. It’s an album bursting with technicolour heart. Now, where did I hide that disco-stetson?
100
The Guardian
This blockbuster debut album matches its eclecticism and broad emotional range with high-quality hooks throughout – and all with the rapper’s sexuality front and centre.
100
The Line of Best Fit

The artist who brings out the most conflicting of emotions in people has birthed a true labour of love with MONTERO, and simply, the internet may never be the same again.

100
Gigwise

Taken together alongside its extraordinary marketing materials and the barrier-smashing music videos they come with, MONTERO represents a true revolution in pop, rap and music as a whole: from Lil Nas X onwards, no topic should be off limits.

91
Entertainment Weekly

Montero succeeds, at times wildly, because of the way it bridges the gap between Lil Nas X the persona and Montero Hill the person.

90
Clash
A colossal event release, ‘MONTERO’ excels the marketing spin by delivering one of 2021’s most daring, riveting, and honest pop statement. After months of anticipation, Lil Nas X speaks his truth – and the world is ready to listen.
90
AllMusic

Montero delivers in droves, a powerful realization of self that boldly places sexuality, honesty, and vulnerability at the fore.

80
The Sydney Morning Herald
Nas is agile on this debut, ricocheting from triumphant hip hop bars to sullen emo ballads, showing us there’s a multifaceted man behind the memes; one capable of much more than controversy.
80
Evening Standard
From slinky pop rap on Scoop to tortured rock on Life After Salem, he’s doing it all, and against the odds, proving that he has a long bright career ahead.
80
Exclaim!

MONTERO lives up to its wild marketing campaigns and is equally as heartfelt and dark as it is bold.

80
The Forty-Five
With his debut album ‘Montero’, stacked with utterly undeniable pop-rap belters, Lil Nas X is an overnight superstar with a permanent residency. He’s still here to ride ’til he can’t no more.
80
musicOMH

The music throughout MONTERO suggests that Nas X has a very bright future ahead of him.

80
FLOOD Magazine
Full of surprises, always, Lil Nas X’s brand of ebullient and emotional hip-hop is wise and wonderful far beyond his years.
80
DIY

This is a triumphant debut that sees the once-considered one-hit-wonder proving he’s got what it takes to prolong his musical journey and cement his growing pop phenom status.

78
HipHopDX

MONTERO’s 41-minute runtime breezes by in flashes of Spanish guitar, brassy horns, choral harmonies and the cleanest 808s money can buy. 

75
A.V. Club

With every song, MONTERO builds a story of a multifaceted young man who’s not only survived but thrived despite the harshness of his childhood and the volatility of public visibility.

71
Pitchfork
On his melodious debut album, the pop-rap icon flaunts his verve and star power, all while a sense of isolation lives at the music’s brighter edges.
70
Rolling Stone

Despite a big-ass budget and assists from co-writers and producers like Ryan Tedder, Take a Daytrip, and Kanye West, Montero doesn’t contain any “Old Town Road”-scale musical coups. This has always been the paradox at the heart of the Lil Nas X project.

70
Slant Magazine

The boundaries between earnestness and camp are blurred on Lil Nas X’s Montero, but it retains the rapper’s sensitive, playful personality.

70
The Needle Drop

Montero's catchiness and candor is unmatched by a great deal of modern pop.

60
NME
It’s refreshing to see the rapper in a reflective light, but when he's upstaged by the likes of Megan Thee Stallion, the gulf between them become apparent.
60
The Arts Desk
For better or worse, the Georgia-born star brings consistency to an extraordinary array of sound.
60
The Observer

Lil Nas X’s full-length debut maintains that Hill is an artist beyond genre, which is to say, Montero is a mixed bag, but sufficiently full of candour and assurance to stand up.

BradTasteMusic
78

It’s pretty gay… whoops good. It’s pretty good.

Doublez
76

[A gigantic thought to the wonderful 1900 followers, I am very touched and many have been with me for a long time now, I thank you! Love]

Lil Nas X has just given birth to a baby, a first child named Montero, size 15 songs and weight: 78 . Montero responds to the expectation, with a very versatile mix of pop songs as sweet, sincere and infectious. Congratulations to the father

It's time for one of the most anticipated pop albums of the year, Montero a potential sig-nificant turning point for ... read more

BaddieBaphomet
90

*not going to be one of my typical reviews, sorry*

Here we are, what absolutely shouldn’t have happened is a reality - the should be one hit wonder TikTok cowboy rapper Lil Nas X’s debut album is here and it is an event.

Before singles for this album dropped, I wasn’t even sure if I thought Old Town Road was a good song - I’m still not sure if it is - but I was fully on board rooting for Montero Hill, AKA Lil Nas X, because of the dumb controversy and pushback against ... read more

Infinitesparks
40

FAV TRACKS: DEAD RIGHT NOW, INDUSTRY BABY, DONT WANT IT, LIFE AFTER SALEM

LEAST FAV TRACKS: SCOOP, ONE OF ME, VOID, AM I DREAMING?

michaelbozas
76

While not spectacular overall, you put this right next to any super popular album that's on the radio currently and it just blows them out of the water. And I don't even think that Lil Nas X is some kinda genius or whatever. He's just a very likable guy that's good at making pop rap hits. Industry Baby and Montero are hands down some of the best radio singles from the past few years.
I was worried that diving deeper into it I would find all the deep cuts boring and while there are some small ... read more

alexkaram
79

this album is gay asf

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Added on: March 26, 2021