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100
The Arts Desk

Sick! is a really good rap album by one of the best rappers working right now. You should go and listen to it. That’s perhaps all there is to say.

90
Clash
A fantastic release, ‘SICK!’ pushes Earl Sweatshirt into a new chapter of his work, while adding further context to what has come before.
86
Beats Per Minute
With another 24-minute album, he bucks the trend of casual hooks and ear-pleasing rhymes, opting to harness his vocabulary into insular and witty reflections.
82
Paste
This album is 24 minutes, but it gets the most out of those minutes that Earl ever has. It is brief, for sure, but it is packed with densely packaged rhymes and rewarding musical numbers that are majestic
81
Pitchfork
Earl Sweatshirt used to make you sift through the mud to find the gold. On his latest album, the nuggets are gleaming right on the surface.
80
RIOT

A reflective and candid record, SICK! showcases Earl Sweatshirt’s development in both character and lyrical ability, as he explores pandemic life through the lens of witty metaphors and gritty honesty.

80
No Ripcord

This is the most esoteric, thinking-person’s cloud rap album I’ve heard since Shabazz Palaces’ Black Up, and I mean that in the most endearing, complimentary way possible.

80
HipHopDX

SICK! is Earl’s victory lap but on an emotional level. He finds acceptance in himself, his growing responsibilities and place in rap.

80
Albumism

The acclaimed Some Rap Songs (2018) featured 15 different songs, with only two more than two-minutes long. Feet of Clay (2019) featured a similar approach, but was less successful in its execution. Overall, SICK! is better than both, and his best effort since Doris.

80
Exclaim!

What constitutes the "end" of the COVID-19 pandemic will differ among us, and with SICK!, Earl Sweatshirt relays that the continued, hopeful push forward into the future

80
NME

Slugging through the thumping noise to carve some bliss from it all, the former Odd Future member has created the perfect soundtrack to our 'new normal'.

80
The Observer

The previously withdrawn US rapper engages with the world and his estranged mother on his immersive fourth album.

80
AllMusic

Sharp, direct, and fluid in a way that's almost supernatural, Sick! perfectly conveys the duality of frustration and drive to persevere that arises from living through exceptionally difficult times.

80
Rolling Stone

The groundbreaking MC continues to push himself on his most artistically rewarding album yet.

80
The Guardian
Rapper’s nonchalant verses, delivered over an alluring mesh of music, show off his unique charm.
78
Northern Transmissions

Sick! won’t surprise anyone familiar with Earl Sweatshirt’s trajectory since Doris. But every listen is sure to reveal something new to appreciate.

70
Slant Magazine

Despite its scattered tone and occasionally underwhelming performances, though, Sick! is an important reminder of Earl’s skills as a poet of despair who’s unafraid to mine his own struggles in order to make sense of what’s happening around him.

70
Spectrum Culture

It sounds crass to refer to Sick! as “returning to business as usual,” given the progress Earl has made in the past few years, but that return comes with a newfound maturity.

70
Crack Magazine

SICK! feels more mature and more deliberate than just about anything he’s put out to date.

70
The Line of Best Fit

An artist that flows with the times whilst also staying true to his messages, SICK! carries the ever-popular lo-fi vibe as well as a blend of stellar hip-hop. Artists utilising lockdown as a creative direction is not uncommon these days, however Sweatshirt’s attempt carries a distinct sense of realness.

60
The Needle Drop

For me, the efficacy and appeal of SICK!'s disjointedness starts to wane in the second half.

R1v3r__
80

No soulja boy features, and not one single "wheezy outta here"

Doublez
80

[A mini digression to thank you so much for the 2.2k followers!!! It's a crucial support that makes me very happy, so here are 2 reviews today! Love]

Sick is a spiritual and introspective journey, showing that Earl Sweatshirt is coming out of his shell. This album is also marked by its musical Trap tone that makes it an exception in the repertoire of its author.

This new opus "Sick" has all the air of a new cycle for one of the most important rappers of the last 10 years, a ... read more

BradTasteMusic
67

Finished listening to “I Don’t Like Shit” again, I’m really excited to make a vid on this
Edit: Recorded a vid on Some Rap Songs as well, revisited that too

stevenpluto
80

This may not be his best project but it really clicked with me. Excellent excellent album.

86

this was the only good thing covid brought me

80

Crushing the beats!

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Track List

1Old Friend
1:19
77
22010
2:28
83
3Sick!
1:51
67
4Vision
4:14
feat. ZelooperZ
80
5Tabula Rasa
4:11
80
6Lye
1:52
79
7Lobby
1:12
71
8God Laughs
1:24
72
9Titanic
1:52
77
10Fire in the Hole
3:37
83
Total Length: 24 minutes
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Added on: November 19, 2021