Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'

Kid Cudi - Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2016 Ratings: #813 / 986
User Score
Based on 924 ratings
2016 Ratings: #484
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' breathes gravitas into the Kid Cudi discography, realigning his trajectory and hinting at hope, possibility, and, most importantly, recovery.

80
Exclaim!

The project's significance is its vulnerability. Not only is Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' loaded with hits, but it also draws attention to Cudi's renewed sense of self. Cudi has finally slayed his demons, and he sounds all the better for it. 

76
HipHopDX

Cudi contorts through his emotions, at times too weak to fight, and at others rejuvenated and ready for battle, but the album comes as a requisite combatant to his demons, and a cinematic illustration of the war he’s continuing to fight.

67
Pitchfork

The 87-minute runtime is both ridiculous and somehow necessary; if the redundancies were cut, some of the self-importance would be lost. The extended monotony allows you to get lost in Cudi’s ego and your own head, clearing room amid the nothingness to discover and create meaning.

60
XXL

He returns to the sound and the producers that made him become a star around 2008, and that change has him making the best music he’s made since those Man on the Moon albums.

60
PopMatters

Cudi might lack ingenuity as a lyricist and songwriter, but he makes up for it by creating an environment in which the listener can enter an altered state from his vibes ... It’s not a particularly deep work—and it’s certainly not as important as its maker implies.

58
Consequence of Sound

Cudi slipping but somehow managing not to fall another rung on this outing is the most promising aspect of the entire release given his very public struggle to stay alive, sober, and in good spirits in recent years.

40
The Needle Drop

Kid Cudi returns with an album that plays more toward his strengths. I use the word "strengths" loosely.

Z.Younk
80

Top-notch production. Lyrics about depression, waning fame, using drugs for self-reflection, being yourself, and coming to terms with the life you're living. Cudi's most consistant record to date, just introspective enough without being trite or cliche. He doesn't polarize casual fans with too much out-there experimentation this time, as he did on the last 2 releases.

AZIZ
86

Cudi's best album since his debut. Rose Golden is a bop.

KIDWITHGUNs
75

☆☆☆ 1/2

I legit couldn't go without a proper review for this damn album.

The VIBES are REAL with this one, I've found myself bumping so many songs from the project like Kitchen, Rose Golden and especially Baptized In Fire... that track is actually amazing! You know that "stank face" Bigquint makes when he's listening to a fire song... that was me. Travis and Scott's styles mesh so smoothly with each other, Willow Smith's feature is excellent, and Kitchen has a warm and ... read more

Axomarine
72

A well-produced return to form for Mescudi.

Dr_Jay
77

What a good album and I wasn't expecting to like it after all the previous mid album cudi dropped, but damn, this is return to form. I think this album was just shy of greatness and it shoots itself in the foot being nearly 1h30. There are lots of great tracks on here but there are at least 5 mid songs which bring the album down, if only cudi had someone in the studio tell him that it was too long and didn't need so many songs because this would be better than Man on the moon II if it wasn't ... read more

madonnastan33
80

The Commander is such a beautiful song.

The more Pharrell oriented production can be off-putting, but Surfin' is fun.

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Track List

1Frequency
4:58
85
2Swim in the Light
4:29
88
3Releaser
5:27
75
4By Design
4:17
92
5All In
4:10
72
6ILLusions
4:16
74
7Rose Golden
4:37
feat. Willow
92
8Baptized in Fire
4:45
91
9Flight at First Sight/Advanced
3:56
86
10Does It
4:22
81
11Dance 4 Eternity
4:43
78
12Distant Fantasies
4:47
69
13Wounds
4:03
82
14Mature Nature
3:55
78
15Kitchen
4:28
85
16Cosmic Warrior
4:00
84
17The Guide
5:06
76
18The Commander
4:16
78
19Surfin'
6:15
92
Total Length: 1 hour, 26 minutes

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Added on: September 27, 2016