EVOL

Future - EVOL
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2016 Ratings: #517 / 763
User Score
Based on 220 ratings
2016 Ratings: #630
February 6, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Consequence of Sound
It’s an extraordinary triumph of ambitious trap soundscapes and an excellent complement for a driven artist, a man no longer inhibited by loss. With every passing release, Future grows more confident, and more callous.
80
XXL
There isn’t a hotter rapper alive right now. Future might be on the greatest streak of combining quantity and quality since Lil Wayne in the mid-2000s.
80
Spin
Mainstream-rap radio features plenty of copycats disguised as Future following his blueprint for disposable party music, but Future continues to churn out soul-punching sagas disguised as a party.
80
Tiny Mix Tapes

These tracks sound equally as engaged and provocative as anything on last year’s masterful DS2.

80
Clash

There are very few potential singles and almost no anthems. The substances hit harder, the sex is joyless and the extravagance is gaudy. He sounds more paranoid, isolated and distressed then ever. 

73
Pitchfork

While it has slightly more misses than hits, the highs are high—arguably higher than Purple Reign's—and ultimately, the lows don't matter.

70
The 405

Personally and professionally, more than conventionally, the album marks a progression for the artist, a trap-centric opus defining the renowned cliché, the best revenge is success.

70
Billboard

EVOL is the mark of an artist who’s hit a comfortable stride in his songwriting and can count on backup from the greatest, weirdest sculptors of sounds his city has to offer. 

70
The Line of Best Fit

While EVOL is ultimately dispensable it’s still a pretty good time. There are plenty of cuts here that will leave frequent listeners who aren't diehards feeling a bit blasé, but it's hard to fault Mr. Wilburn's yeoman work ethic.

70
AllMusic

There are no great strides forward artistically or tracks designed to take over radio, but when it comes to the infectious trap rap that the MC has been dominating for the past year or so, Evol is as good as Purple Reign and features no filler. 

60
PopMatters

Even with producers of the moment Metro Boomin and Southside handling much of the production, the normally emotive rapper comes across as flat throughout EVOL.

60
HipHopDX

As it stands, EVOL is nothing out of the ordinary from his past endeavors. With no measures in place preventing from Future releasing new full-length projects, this album could easily be surpassed in a month or two.

60
The Guardian

The material held back for this album doesn’t always match up to the stuff given away on his many mixtapes.

60
The Needle Drop
Once again, Atlanta rapper and auto-tuned crooner Future delivers a cool aesthetic with little substance.
50
Pretty Much Amazing

The dirty Sprite that's propelled some of his best music is no longer fizzy or bursting with flavor. Future sounds flat.

thisisabtlgrnd
74
June 2016 EDIT: Okay, I'm gonna lower the score. It's still a good release for Future with a lot of catchy tracks and no serious missteps. But, as more rap records come out this year, I'm starting to realize how unambitious and small it is compared to the year's best releases like YG's new project.

I-I kind of liked it, guys. I didn't really like DS2 and actually haven't listened to any of his recent mixtapes, so maybe it's because I'm not sick of his sound yet, but I thought EVOL was kind of ... read more
BuffaloStaple
25
after listening to this trash, I hope metro can find it in him to stop trusting Future
siberianbreaks
42
A small aspect like the snare sound is enough to ruin potentially great tracks like 'Lil Haiti Baby.' Nothing new or exciting in the slightest once again, but I guess it's more listenable than some of his other releases.

Favourite tracks: Fly Shit Only
exception
43
this is the same bullshit from future. hes not an awful artist, but he seems to be getting repetitive. even DS2 was better than this. evol is just basic sounding future. same production style, same flows, same lyrical content. this is his seventh solo project in less than two years. monster, beast mode, 56 nights, and ds2 had their own sound. purple reign brought it down a bit. this is worse. comparing it to other albums, it could be a lot worse. some tracks have a bit of character, ... read more
Becausetheinter
76
While having some weak spots, the high points hit, and they hit HARD.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#36/Tiny Mix Tapes
#42/Treble
#43/Rolling Stone

Track List

  1. Ain't No Time
  2. In Her Mouth
  3. Maybach
  4. Xanny Family
  5. Lil Haiti Baby
  6. Photo Copied
  7. Seven Rings
  8. Lie to Me
  9. Program
  10. Low Life (feat. The Weeknd)
  11. Fly Shit Only
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