Thundercat - Drunk
Critic Score
Based on 30 reviews
2017 Ratings: #114 / 911
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2017 Ratings: #133
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
musicOMH
While its warm, buttery, lovingly produced sound suggests it will make the ideal accompaniment to a summer barbeque or beach party – and it most certainly will – Thundercat has, by skirting around the edges of darkness, created a moody, magnificent, endlessly replayable record that also makes sense in late February.
100
Crack Magazine

On Drunk, you are grabbed by the ankles and pulled into the rabbit hole of Bruner’s mind. It’s a dizzying ride.

90
Exclaim!

No matter how many musicians he showcases, no matter how many sonic avenues he takes, no matter how many tracks he squeezes in, Thundercat sounds undeniably and defiantly like no other on Drunk.

90
Drowned in Sound

Bruner/Thundercat has tamed (to some extent at least) his scope and ambition through his various influences and thoughts to make his third full-length album a joyful, crazy, substance-fuelled epic in an area where most of his contemporaries would take themselves endlessly seriously.

86
Northern Transmissions

Though at times it casts a viscous shadow, Drunk is ultimately a full-bodied, intoxicating triumph.

86
Resident Advisor

On Drunk's numerous vignettes, Bruner presents his extensive musical interests in an effortlessly relatable style.

85
Pitchfork

The third album from bassist/songwriter Thundercat is whimsical and somber, funny and meaningful, sometimes all at once. Drunk's oddball soul confronts the challenge of just trying to live life. 

85
The 405

Therein lies Drunk's true victory, offering its listener both solace and sunny vibes in its immediate presentation, and rewarding the focused observer with ruminations befitting a night of drinking that led to self-examination rather than glee. Regardless of what you're looking for, Thundercat is ready to serve you. Drink up.

84
Paste

It takes a special kind of artist to create a sound both familiar and groundbreaking. Thundercat continues his upward trajectory in that regard here.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Drunk is an impressive record which commands multiple listens as much by its quality as its complexity. It shows off Bruner at the height of his powers as an artist shapeshifting through genres but always leaving his scent in the air.

80
God Is in the TV

It’s sozzled, it’s high as a kite and sometimes it’s just downright psychotic.  But it’s because of the maniacal shifts in tone, its massive melting pot of sounds and Thundercat’s hysterical (sometimes in more ways than one) yet honest ramblings that Drunk will probably go down as his magnum opus.

80
Loud and Quiet
It’s Bruner’s boldest project, and one that forces you to hear his own voice above all others.
80
The Guardian

Thundercat’s 23-track third album, Drunk, takes you down a rabbit hole and turfs you out in his lopsided wonderland of funk, soul, hip-hop and soft rock, with guest characters including Lamar, Pharrell, saxophonist Kamasi Washington and Wiz Khalifa.

80
NME

‘Drunk’, as out-there as it can be, is an album totally high on its own unique ideas.

78
GIGsoup
Although sheer impulse often seems to guide Thundercat through this fragmentary, erratic and equal parts grim and goofy album, it’s clear that there are big ideas at play.
75
Consequence of Sound

If it sits well with him, it sits well with his listeners, and in that, Drunk is a record of R&B fusion that feels good from start to finish, masturbation jokes included.

75
Pretty Much Amazing
The hard truth: the album especially lags in the final stretch, with nothing remarkable occurring beginning with the miniature “I Am Crazy” except the Pharrell feature. Put another way: listening to this album Saturday night, drunk on my way, I delighted in the album’s twists and turns. Listening to this album Sunday afternoon, stone-sober, I’m much less enthused.
70
PopMatters

As a whole, Drunk is alternately frustrating and fascinating—much like the titular state of being—in its willingness to follow its creative muse whenever and wherever it may lead.

70
AllMusic

Additional guests Kendrick, Pharrell, and Wiz Khalifa add to the star power, but the main attraction is Bruner's singular combination of tremulous yet fluid bass and aching falsetto.

60
The Skinny

A stoner’s wet dream, Drunk is a true oddity that meanders along for 50-plus minutes with the narrative levity of a hallucination. Patchy and unfiltered, but charming as all hell, it’s a candid reflection of its creator.

60
The Needle Drop

Though Drunk brings a heaping helping of Thundercat's spectacular bass playing and sense of humor, the album is also rife with filler and underwritten jazz motifs.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

With all of this album’s curious truncated charm, there remains a sense of longing. Not in a leaving-them-wanting-more way, but more that Thudercat’s work could be something more musically expansive.

60
The Independent

It’s an enjoyable, occasionally virtuosic romp, fronted by Thundercat’s smooth soul harmonies, which lend proceedings the lustrous sheen of Earth, Wind & Fire.

halbery
80

guys i think he likes anime

ThrowBackG
NR

I've listened to this record so many times and the lines I've heard over and over still bring sincere laughs, smiles, melancholy, ect. This record just oozes with passion and....yes...it has problems... but I love it to death! Speaking on my own personal experience, I have a hard time being happy with any form of art. I almost need a sense of relatability in art and a lot of the time it's in deep emotional thinking and writing. Here it's just so fun, weird and smart how could I not smile?

GelatoM0
80

[80.35] Drunk, at 23 tracks, still manages to be a cohesive album without sounding redundant, the uplifiting tones, whether slow or fast, with the most diverse instrumentation yet, and what seems to be the largest team behind the album's creation, this is a prime Thundercat album, no other words than this thing is just beautiful. (I love how he's just strange yo, like listen to A Fan's Mail and Jameel's Space Ride). No doubt this album is going to be my summer jam before college.

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FantanoCopy
67

Though Drunk brings a heaping helping of Thundercat's spectacular bass playing and sense of humor, the album is also rife with filler and underwritten jazz motifs.

SusAmog
84

its good but its also like super long. the length doesn't ruin it though, and it's filled with memorable moments.

faves: uh uh, lava lamp, walk on by, them changes,
least faves: the turn down

scoutcoker
70

quirky and groovy but already by around the 2/3 mark it felt too long and bloated. thundercat is a great producer, but not so much lyricist or performer. the songs with his production and guest singers were easily the highlights. somehow this record feels a bit dated for 2017, i had guessed in came out in 2013-14.

particular favs: Uh Uh, Lava Lamp, Walk On By, Them Changes, The Turn Down, DUI

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Added on: January 25, 2017