This Unruly Mess I've Made

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - This Unruly Mess I've Made
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2016 Ratings: #731 / 770
User Score
Based on 151 ratings
2016 Ratings: #729
February 26, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic
The bookends are tracks that aim to be masterworks and fall just one step short, but everything in between is delightful, stunning, or both, making the album's title less than one-tenth apt, and Macklemore & Lewis both emo under-promisers and Grammy-worthy over-deliverers.
80
XXL

The album isn’t necessarily a classic, or better than The Heist, but it does prove Macklemore is here to stay.

76
HipHopDX

There's a good chance This Unruly Mess I've Made will transform Macklemore into the mere mortal within today's pop culture he vies to be.

70
Exclaim!

Coupling carefully varied subject matter with Ryan Lewis' piano-heavy beats and horn arrangements to make this Mess he's made far from unruly. The heads just might be slightly disappointed.

70
Spin

With This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, he’s dropped the album that Kanye haters wanted Kanye to make, where the asshole confesses all his sins and baptizes himself in bleach to become Good.

67
Entertainment Weekly

No matter how hard he tries to impress, his efforts only inspire mocking memes and skeptical think pieces. These are the conditions that helped spawn This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, a self-aware, uneven album that spends an ill-advised amount of time playing defense.

60
Rolling Stone
With the exception of the exuberant "Downtown," coming up with "Thrift Shop"-style catchiness is rarely the goal here.
60
NME
Perhaps Macklemore is at his best when he’s the loveable doofus on the moped, not trying to pen his own ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’, and the quicker he realises that, the better.
58
A.V. Club
With this album, Macklemore proves that he won’t be a mere flash-in-the-pan, but if his goal was to shed his reputation as the World’s Uncoolest Rapper, he has missed the mark considerably.
51
Pitchfork

Like Macklemore, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made is nowhere near as bad as its detractors would like it to be. It’s an occasionally inspiring, often corny rap album made for winning Grammy nominations and waking the hearts of the unwoken.

50
FasterLouder

Macklemore spends 12 of This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’s 13 tracks veering from seriousness to self-parody.

50
Pretty Much Amazing

The final result is one that aspires to achieve more than it actually does.

50
PopMatters

Although this album does live up to the “mess” that is implied in its title, gems can be found in the clutter, so long as people are willing to slog through Macklemore’s dirty laundry in the process.

43
Consequence of Sound

Perhaps the most disappointing thing about the album is how closely it follows the formulas of The Heist and The Language of My World, jumping slipshod between attempts at comedic rap, socially conscious tracks, and pure pop.

40
The Guardian
Garish TV theme-tune-style melodies, Macklemore’s contrived, am-dram-ish tone, and lyrics that lie outside the boundaries of sense coagulate into writhing and indestructible earworms
40
Clash
Macklemore remains unsure of himself throughout, lacking the rapping skills and natural charisma needed to get things onto a surer footing. In the end, it’s a sadly fitting album title.
30
Tiny Mix Tapes

Many of This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’s flaws could’ve very well been forgotten, or at least temporarily swept under the rug, had the actual music been good.

JotaBrasil
60
O que faz de um álbum de rap/hip hop ser considerado um bom trabalho? Analisar um álbum feito por um rapper ou um artista de hip hop é bastante complicado, pois, assim como outros gêneros específicos, existe uma "melodia" diferente que toca para a construção desses dois estilos irmãos. Não teria melhor momento para tentar entender os critérios necessários para essa avaliação do que o ... read more
itsyahboinoah
55
You're right this album is a mess lol
swagkonyjohnson
57
A valiant attempt at consciousness and humor, but unfortunately, it's also an extremely corny one.
exception
60
after the unthinkable success that came from their debut album, The Heist, the indie hip hop duo macklemore and ryan lewis come back almost four years later with their sophomore release. and if i could describe it in one word, it would have to be "corny". now im not one to push away a good comedy song every once and a while, but this had just too many of them. macklemore is really effective on funny tracks once, maybe twice an album, but when the entire project is 60% meme? not ... read more
nostar
75
Another strong album from the Northwest duo.
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Track List

  1. Light Tunnels [ft. Mike Slap]
  2. Downtown [ft. Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz]
  3. Brad Pitt's Cousin [ft. XP]
  4. Buckshot [ft. KRS-One and DJ Premier]
  5. Growing Up [ft. Ed Sheeran]
  6. Kevin [ft. Leon Bridges] 
  7. St. Ides
  8. Need to Know [ft. Chance the Rapper]
  9. Dance Off [ft. Idris Elba and Anderson .Paak]
  10. Let's Eat [ft. XP]
  11. Bolo Tie [ft. YG]
  12. The Train [ft. Carla Morrison]
  13. White Privilege II [ft. Jamila Woods]
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