Telefone

Noname - Telefone
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2016 Ratings: #86 / 948
Year End Rank: #44
User Score
Based on 823 ratings
2016 Ratings: #45
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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, β€˜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.

Blyizz
80

Wow, this was incredible. The electronic and jazz rap fusion of production style on this thing made every track extremely unique and exciting to hear, NoName's lyricism on this rivals that of the greatest rappers of all time, her versatility when it comes to mixing beautiful sounding soul singing with amazing sounding rap flows, and the chemistry she and the feature artists, most notably Phoelix, have to seemlessly add on to each artist's verses are all just a few reasons I loved this album and ... read more

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

jimmylikesmusic
77

Telefone is a lovely little jazz rap album that honestly just really puts me in a good mood. I like that this is a jazz rap album in particular, as I think that if it was any other genre this really wouldn't work as well as it does, something about the instrumentals here are so upbeat and just really make you feel good, and Noname's lyrics work with the instrumentals to really emphasize that feeling. The lyrics here are simple at times, but there's also serious topics being discussed here that ... read more

FluffyPants_52
90

One of my favorite albums ever. Smart, heartfelt and gorgeous, in 10 tracks, Noname crafts possibly the greatest Hip-Hop mixtape of all-time. Absolutely outstanding.

FAVORITE TRACKS: All of Them

LEAST FAVORITE TRACK: N/A

91

The album feels perfectly poetic, with its storybook like instrumentals. The sound is one that still feels unique to Noname. Along with the pretty delivery, the album is often paired with great lyrics on tracks such as Bye Bye Baby, Shadow Man and Casket Pretty. Whether rapping or singing Noname always delivers. Greatly bittersweet.

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Added on: August 1, 2016