Telefone

Noname - Telefone
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
Year End Rank: #44
User Score
Based on 525 ratings
2016 Ratings: #27
July 31, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

While she may not aspire to such award-ceremony heights, Telefone is a unique project that points to even greater things for Noname in the future.

83
Consequence of Sound

Telefone shows a great sense of promise and complex beauty, Noname using her art to salve wounds — both her own and others.

80
Pitchfork

On Telefone, she pours all the joy and devastation we glimpsed in her various guest spots with artists like Chance, Mick Jenkins, and Saba into a rich, somber, and incredibly intimate album.

80
DIY
With that same steely determination injected into every track, ‘Telefone’ ensures that Noname won’t be anonymous much longer.
80
The Needle Drop
Chicago's Noname delivers one of this year's most heartwarming and positive mixtapes, backing her earnest rap style with beautifully jazzy instrumentals.
75
The 405

this very specific choice of sound contributes to the project's constant tiptoeing between trauma and calm, violence and peace, life and death - Telefone grows on you progressively, going from easily enjoyable to hauntingly beautiful.

70
Rolling Stone

Noname unfurls thoughts about a life where love and freedom are in the distance and too many friends are "casket-pretty." It's some of the year's most thought-provoking hip-hop.

BuffaloStaple
90
This tape did for me what coloring book seemed to do for everyone else, some of the most blissful and summery hip-hop i've heard in a while, it's a total grower too.

EDIT: honestly there is so little wrong with this tape, it's all just so fucking lovely.
Flamingooooo
90
I'm so glad I found this artist. This music is phenomenal. The hip-hop album I've been waiting for and I think it's one of the best I've ever heard. Women's voice in rap doesn't always work, but in this case it fits perfectly. Her voice and flow are wonderful. She has a really interesting rapping style that sometimes feels like she's just talking. I think the lyrics are very good. But anyway, the biggest job here is done by the instrumental part, which suits me very well. The sound is warm, ... read more
MothaOfMotha12
88
just read my Room 25 review, i basically have the same thoughts on both projects

favorites: yesterday, sunny duet, diddy bop, all i need, reality check, casket pretty, bye bye baby, shadow man

meh: forever

least favorites: freedom interlude
BradTasteMusic
89
wow... thank you BuffaloStaple. This is a fantastic post-TPAB project that gives me so many Erykah Badu vibes. Fantastic instrumentals, flows, and poetry
ACreativeName
85
Sjo album 17
Don’t let her soft-spoken delivery and lack of attention-grabbing instrumental backdrops fool you; Noname has a lot to say, and all of it’s worth paying attention too. Melodic, jazzy, poetic, and stunningly beautiful at times.
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Decade Lists

#57/Paste (2010s)

Track List

  1. Yesterday
  2. Sunny Duet
  3. Diddy Bop
  4. All I Need
  5. Reality Check
  6. Freedom Interlude
  7. Casket Pretty
  8. Forever
  9. Bye Bye Baby
  10. Shadow Man
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