Thundercat - Apocalypse
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2013 Ratings: #142 / 994
User Score
Based on 154 ratings
2013 Ratings: #268
June 4, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Brainfeeder / Label
Neo-Soul, Nu Jazz / Genres
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This album is the full realisation of his talent as a bass player, musician and, most importantly, a songwriter. Apocalypse is, in short, a supreme triumph.

Drowned in Sound

With its roots in tragedy and loss and its furthermost fronds in hope and moving forward, an album that challenges listeners with an incredible level of subtlety, hidden depths and wash of openly expressed emotion.

Beats Per Minute

There’s a wealth of sonic variety on display but the concise run-time – clocking in at a fraction over 40 minutes – keeps matters focused and thoroughly engaging

The Line of Best Fit

Apocalypse is a winner from first listen onwards, but the effortlessness of it means it’s easy to take for granted.


At his best, Thundercat has reversed the evolutionary process where technology, experimentation, and crossover made music more complicated-- instead taking prog and fusion as a starting point to be whittled down, rather than a destination to be built up to.

Consequence of Sound

Each listen not only dives deeper into some of the most advanced instrumentalism heard this year, but also dissects each nerve ending of Thundercat’s heart

The Fly

Overall ‘Apocalypse’ is a worthwhile listen, and it’s a damn sight better than the guff so beloved by those sweaty guitar-shop types.

"Apocalypse" builds upon the foundations of "Golden Age of Apocalypse" with smoother results. Thundercat's bass playing is fantastic, his singing is great and the instrumentation is even more wonky before. Add to that some great production from Flying Lotus and some quality tracks and you could've had another outstanding project. Unfortunately, a few of the weak attempts at more experimental palettes make this a more frustrating listen, and the mixing is all over the ... read more

“Apocalypse” is a lot more atmospheric than its predecessor, and builds on that solid-yet-unfulfilling production. Thundercat’s voice is even smoother and better here as well. The back half of the record doesn’t connect with me a lot though.

Color: Purple
FAV TRACKS: Oh Sheit it’s X, Special Stage, Heartbreaks + Setbacks, Tenfold, Tron Song
LEAST FAV: A Message for Austin / Praise the Lord / Enter the Void, Lotus and the Jondy

I don't know how in the world Fantano saw this as a 3. This is a good album. A lot less jazz and a lot more electronic overall. This album was good though! There were a couple songs that lead literally nowhere. Such as, The Life Aquatic and Seven. Overall I loved the vibe of this album, it was very relaxing and groovy. I loved the vocals from Thundercat on this, they were a lot more present on this record than his debut. Overall the album is not as good as the last, but it is still a good ... read more
Perhaps not Thundercats most fun or most polished project, this is still a really fun banger with a lot of quality tracks on it.

Favorite track: Oh Sheit It's X
mixing is so bad in the first few tracks
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Track List

  1. Tenfold
  2. Heartbreaks + Setbacks
  3. The Life Aquatic
  4. Special Stage
  5. Tron Song
  6. Seven      
  7. Oh Sheit It's X
  8. Without You
  9. Lotus and the Jondy
  10. Evangelion
  11. We'll Die
  12. A Message for Austin / Praise the Lord / Enter the Void
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Added on: April 16, 2013