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100
Louder Than War
Owusu is genuinely original and he’s on a different planet to most artists in his genre. He’s knocked out an album that’s better than his debut with no filler at all and he’s just booked his way into the realm of the big guns.
90
AllMusic
Owusu could have gone any number of ways on his sophomore set, but it's a testament to his artistic conviction that he chose to make something so risky and complex. Even better, he pulled it off.
80
musicOMH
Rock-rap crossovers, lyrics about being an insect – what’s not to like?
80
NME
Across 11 tracks, Owusu’s stylistic choices are both unexpected and impressive, visiting all corners of his eclectic taste.
80
DIY
Just as weighty as the literature that inspired it.
80
The Line of Best Fit

It’s a fantastic example of how artists can still come to a project with tonnes of contextual flavour that they want to include and not have it overpower the entire dish. STRUGGLER is superb, with the distinct feeling that there’s still more to come.

80
Exclaim!

Owusu's penchant for pulling catchiness from chaos is undeniably his greatest strength — with Struggler, he's proven that he's a singular talent, overcoming the sophomore slump and putting the world on notice by taking everything that made Smiling with No Teeth so special and digging deeper, building a world that's uniquely his own.

80
Loud and Quiet

By embracing pop structure and early-2000s indie, STRUGGLER cements Genesis Owusu right at the top of the weirdo hip hop pack. A uniquely assertive voice in a scene that regularly crumbles under the weight of its own history.

80
Northern Transmissions

He savours every moment, every sunset, and every love in life. Sometimes, it takes going through the ringer to arrive at such a place of acceptance. This is what Genesis Owusu is all about, and listeners are welcome to join him in the journey to freedom.

80
The Needle Drop
Genesis is sounding even more defined as an artist on his sophomore album.
80
The Observer
The Ghanaian-Australian rapper crosses genres to striking effect, from breakbeats and funk to addictive synth-pop.
80
The Sydney Morning Herald

There’s no one else quite like Owusu in Australian music right now; he’s a singular artist with a distinctive vision and boundless creative energy. Struggler is a bold and inventive record that offers defiance, strength and bravery in a time when such things feel deeply necessary.

80
The Arts Desk
It intermingles Parliament-meets-hip hop soul-funk with something skronkier, as if Depeche Mode were produced by LCD Soundsystem.
79
Spectrum Culture
A life of skirting society’s edges doesn’t make you a badass, but it makes you a survivor.
69
Beats Per Minute

While Smiling spreaded itself thin at times, Owusu sounds more settled on Struggler and contorts his voice less. He generally shifts between falsetto and the jab-jab-punch flow that he used so impressively on “Black Dogs!” – on “The Roach” it even recalls Tom Waits’ “Hell Broke Luce”.

60
The Guardian
The Australian hip-hop artist has followed his brilliant debut with an ill-defined retread that plays it too safe.
BaddieBaphomet
90

more like…more like Genesis UWUsu

okay, did you ALL need to throw tomatoes? that’s kind of excessive

I’m about to engage in some hardcore Australian slander, because what the hell is going on with you guys? Not only did you guys turn Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton’s horror of a dingo eating her baby into a meme, you’re home to kangaroos, who are NOT as cute as the media had me believe and are actually fucking terrifying, AND the fact that the worst season of Drag ... read more

barcooper
75

Genesis UwU comes back as a literal running cockroach on his new album!

Well, Genesis Owusu's debut album Smiling With No Teeth was one of the most ambitious and promising albums of 2021. After hearing it, I was very intrigued by Owusu who is undeniably a great artist and a visionary. So I was pretty damn excited about this new album over here, But sadly... I'm a little disappointed.

Maybe my expectations for this album were too high. I was expecting Owusu to reinvent himself a bit, To bring ... read more

UltimateLifeFrm
60

All over the place, and played a little too safe!

I've been keen to check out some of Genesis Owusu's music, especially after hearing this album's lead single "Leaving the Light", an awesome fusion of hip-hop with synth punk which doesn't sound like that would be executed well, but it definitely did.

The Australian rapper's sophomore album has now released and one thing I can start off by saying is that it's very versatile in genre fusions, combining both aforementioned genres along ... read more

thegabfm
90

A different caliber of artist to most doing it today
Also I saw him on George Street coolest mf alive

WhyBegin
67

Here I am again enjoying an album from this guy but being thoroughly confused on why it is so highly rated. Like it's pleasant, enjoyable even, but not probably not AOTY convo worthy? I feel like a hater despite liking the music, what a weird spot to be in.

100

So creative, fun, and catchy. Even better live.

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Track List

1Leaving The Light
3:10
88
2The Roach
2:38
81
3The Old Man
2:24
79
4See Ya There
4:39
80
5Freak Boy
2:28
80
6Tied Up!
3:09
83
7That's Life (A Swamp)
5:26
79
8Balthazar
3:00
77
9Stay Blessed
2:57
83
10What Comes Will Come
3:51
83
11Stuck To The Fan
4:16
79
Total Length: 38 minutes
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Added on: May 17, 2023