Baauer - Aa
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2016 Ratings: #317 / 758
User Score
Based on 83 ratings
2016 Ratings: #409
March 18, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Lucky Me / Label
Trap, UK Bass / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

Aa persists as an agile, flexible beast, and Baauer’s commitment to found sounds and unique samples keeps it bristlingly organic.

90
Exclaim!

If there's one thing that Aa demonstrates in spades, it's growth. The record not only shows a wide array of styles, but lays a solid foundation for Baauer to build on in the future.

80
AllMusic

Nothing bores and the album moves through its track list with a purposeful flow, and while electro-trap fiends and "Harlem Shake" lovers may be thrown by all the artful noise, Aa still rocks the house, as Baauer evolves from meme generator to master craftsman.

80
PopMatters

Aa, as unfortunately quick as it is, shows a phenomenal young producer at the top of his game, and it’s a joy to experience.

75
Consequence of Sound
Already with a massive following, this expansion of Baauer’s palette sets a new pace for bass.
75
Pretty Much Amazing

For what Aa ultimately assumes itself to be—a glorified promo tape of talents—the result is quite enjoyable.

73
Pitchfork

Following "Harlem Shake," Aa might feel to some like an undercooked, scattershot album, experimental to its own detriment. But if Baauer were an unknown musician —which, artistically speaking, he still essentially is — it'd be a rimshot of a debut, crackling with energy and humor, well-paced, with no dud tracks and more than a few infectious ones.

66
Resident Advisor

Aa isn't a disappointment, but clocking in at 34 minutes with a handful of tracks that feel unfinished, it's not exactly a home run either. For an album that took almost four years, it's strange that something as beautiful as "Church," which also gets a stunning reprise with Rustie, only lasts a minute and half.

60
The Guardian

Unfortunately for Baauer, the trap style that made his name is falling out of fashion, and his stabs at en vogue sounds like trop house (Body) and UK garage (Way from Me) are a little tepid.

50
Clash

If imperfection is what Baauer was looking for, then he has succeeded; but that doesn’t resolve the disappointment with what could have been a brilliant album.

tha138
58
It's rather tricky to figure out what is really happening in this debut where everything sounds like a draft of an album that was never completed.
Z.Younk
NR
Kung Fu is a track of the year. The rest is good but uneventful.
lemuriams
60
Harlem Shake is a cancer of music
CxAylward
51
this bangs for real. just wish it was more memorable after 3 listens lol
JulianGomez974
67
Harlem Shake it's annoying as hell and I'm glad that Baauer's debut album doesn't incoporate that, but the thing is Harlem Shake it's catchy too... which Aa doesn't hold up... too. The melody and the beat it's usually impressive and it makes me want to shake my booty, but as an overall it feels repetitive (Way From Me & Make It Bang) and uncharged of energy and explosions, it'd been great if he had experimented more like he did in his major hit. I liked it but only 'cause the few tracks ... read more
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Track List

  1. Church
  2. GoGo!
  3. Body
  4. Pinku
  5. Sow
  6. Day Ones (feat. Novelist & Leikeli47)
  7. Good & Bad
  8. Way from Me (feat. Tirzah)
  9. Temple (feat. M.I.A. & G-DRAGON)
  10. Make It Bang (feat. TT The Artist)
  11. Kung Fu (feat. Pusha T & Future)
  12. Church Reprise (feat. Rustie)
  13. Aa
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Added on: January 28, 2016