Little Simz - NO THANK YOU
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2022 Ratings: #16 / 797
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2022 Ratings: #16
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Dork
Combining the best of Simz’ peerless storytelling and sonic exploration, ‘No Thank You’ is yet another triumph.
100
Albumism
While space is sometimes given to bask in the stellar music that accompanies her, it is also true that she reels off verse after verse of pointed, honest and wounded rhymes with barely a word or breath wasted.
100
The Telegraph

The brilliance of No Thank You is how Simz uses her brazenly unapologetic narrative to spin out larger points about institutional and generational racism, the danger of business practices indifferent to their human impact, and links all of that to contemporary mental health crises.

90
Gigwise
This album feels like the start of a different path for her career, almost a way of purging herself of all the wrong assumptions and mistakes she made in the start of her career, and looking forward to a new future.
90
Uncut
Inflo’s symphonic soul and mellow psych-funk settings complement Simz’s alluringly sticky flows, with ear-catching twists on the brass-blasted, faintly comic “Gorilla” and sample-stabbed “Sideways”.
90
The Line of Best Fit
Even with a Mercury Prize securely under Little Simz’ belt, the London rapper contemplates how her sky-high limit could be foiled by the powers that be.
90
musicOMH

No Thank You could be forgiven for resembling a victory lap, but it is a triumph in its own right, cementing Little Simz’s position as one of rap’s essential voices.

86
Sputnikmusic

It's a worthy follow-up to Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, trading that album's shimmering polish and clear curation for a looser, more raw aesthetic.

84
Beats Per Minute
Despite the vicious asides cast at social norms, industry bigotry, and the myriad frustrations she’s experienced, the album does ultimately present a hopeful future, even when exposing the day-to-day dangers threatening to envelop us, especially those which we might be unaware of.
80
The Guardian
The Mercury winner’s surprise-release album finds her going in on mental health and the music industry, in a deep collaboration with Sault’s Inflo.
80
AllMusic

That Little Simz was able to deliver such a crafty set so soon after the career-making Introvert is impressive enough, but No Thank You stands out for its own merits.

80
The Skinny

Blending a history of gospel, soul and rap, NO THANK YOU cuts and shifts, showing her irrepressible force and talent.

80
Evening Standard
Musicially and lyrically, she and longterm producer Inflo are still innovating at a skyscraping level.
80
Rolling Stone
The UK rapper's latest delivers humor, charisma, and a lot of feels.
80
NME
The case for Simz to be recognised as a true modern great has only been strengthened with this release.
77
Pitchfork
Accolades be damned, the UK star blasts a music industry that has left her feeling drained, adding her voice to a chorus of Black British artists pushing back against the status quo.
70
The Needle Drop

NO THANK YOU often feels like a SIMBI epilogue, which is to say it's often excellent too.

Calupmullings
90

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1. Little Simz

Chode
80

You aight british girl

MattsReviews
80

I've never been so conflicted on choosing my AOTY ever.

Congratulations, you did it again.

89

Incredibly consistent and intricate lyrics with complementary production. Nothing to exactly fault, just lacks the thematic grandeur that worked so well on her previous album.

81

12/09/2022: 66
02/01/2023: S:78, A:84, F:81

KeithJericho
78

it's alright, some decent tracks but I like the direction here Litte Simz is tqaking a step back and this record is quite decent

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Track List

1Angel
5:52
89
2Gorilla
4:05
88
3Silhouette
6:33
90
4No Merci
5:17
86
5X
6:04
88
6Heart on Fire
3:58
92
7Broken
7:29
91
8Sideways
2:10
72
9Who Even Cares
4:37
76
10Control
3:47
83
Total Length: 49 minutes
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Added on: December 6, 2022