Give or Take

Giveon - Give or Take
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2022 Ratings: #439 / 498
User Score
Based on 201 ratings
2022 Ratings: #461
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Line of Best Fit

If you’re looking for an authentic, soulful experience, then this is the album for you. As Giveon turns the page on yet another heartbreak, listeners are granted another opportunity to grovel alongside in the result of pure intimacy and devotion.

80
Rolling Stone
The R&B star’s music sounds like the work of an artist who’s been sure of where he’s going for a long time.
80
AllMusic
Despite the involvement of roughly two dozen production partners, the set is cohesive, almost to a fault, and most stimulating when it's slightly vaporous yet bristly, with a foundation in low-end thrum.
60
The Telegraph

Give Or Take presents Giveon as an undeniable talent who isn’t inclined to go deeper than his comfort zone for now; he coasts quite sweetly, between heartache and humblebrag.

60
Pitchfork
Giveon’s debut album seeks to scale the highs and lows of love and heartbreak, but more often sounds like he’s cruising on autopilot in the center lane.
50
HipHopDX

Giveon’s debut studio album is merely a reminder that raw talent is not enough when compared to those who possess the same talent and also provide more specificity, insight and versatility to harness it.

mediocre_feet
50

Give or Take is corny and sleepy. I can't take Giveon's flirtatiousness seriously. His beautiful voice doesn't hide the fact that the songs are boring and bland. The only remarkable thing about this album is that Giveon doesn't swear a single time which is pretty crazy imo

TheElasticChip
65

Give Or Take - Giveon

Honestly kinda mid. This album is alright, and Giveon does his thing working comfortably with his amazing vocals and his average or alright production that works for the storytelling of relatable heartbreak, struggle to move on, and everything that he wants being just slightly out of reach as he and his partner just can’t seem to fall on the same page. But nothing specifically stood out to me as something different other than everything he has already put out. A lot ... read more

TheCarioca
81

Let Me Go - 4/5
Scarred - 5/5 ❤
dec 11th - 3/5
This Will Do - 3/5
Get To You - 5/5 ❤
Tryna Be - 4/5
Make You Mine - 3/5
July 16th - 3/5
For Tonight - 4/5
Lost Me - 5/5 ❤
Lie Again - 4/5
Another Heartbreak - 3/5
At Least We Tried - 5/5 ❤
Remind Me - 4/5
Unholy Matrimony - 4/5

TDP320
88

Rating the songs as I listen (excluding interludes)

Let Me Go: 8/10

Scarred: 9/10

Dec. 11th: 7/10

This Will Do: 9/10

Get To You: 8/10

Tryna Be: 9/10

Make You Mine: 9/10

July 16th: 8/10

For Tonight: 10/10 *BEST SONG*

Lost Me: 9/10

Lie Again: 10/10

Another Heartbreak: 9/10

At Least We Tried: 9/10

Remind Me: 8/10

Unholy Matrimony: 8/10

Another great Giveon album. His voice is so good everytime.

75

Best Songs: Lie Again

WhyBegin
64

I was pretty worried coming into this with how genericly poppy the singles had sounded but this turned out pretty good. Giveon underwhelms a bit at times with the amount of energy he provides on certain songs for sure still, and this is not anywhere near the level of TAKE TIME overall or in individual quality of tracks. Pretty solid in the end though, especially liked Another Heartbreak and Make You Mine.

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Added on: May 19, 2022