AOTY 2019

True to Self

Bryson Tiller - True to Self
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2017 Ratings: #628 / 725
User Score
Based on 78 ratings
2017 Ratings: #730
May 26, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
XXL

True to Self may fall short in terms of being a showcase of Bryson Tiller’s maturation, but wins in terms of its aesthetic and addictive refrains.

67
GIGsoup

Tiller’s limited range and sound hurts him at times, but his aptitude for setting a mood can certainly help when you’re wallowing in your feelings or trying to woo that special someone.

66
Pitchfork

Bryson Tiller’s sophomore album leans heavily on ’90s R&B samples. It sounds luxurious, but Tiller’s come-up narrative and good-guy pose are starting to lose their power.

60
Exclaim!

It makes in confident swagger what it lacks in memorable hooks, but at 19 tracks, it's too imbalanced and stuffed to be considered a classic.

60
AllMusic

On the surface, Tiller still gives off that wallflower baller vibe; the brashness of the debut largely remains.

BuffaloStaple
60
This album is too long, it's very simple, predictable and kinda boring a lot of the time, but I can't lie, I got a few bangers from this album, and that's all I really hoped for with it, so I ain't too mad at it.
100
Should've been AOTY but niggas hatin on greatness smh
62
Great samples, but it feels rushed and not a standout like trapsoul was
A1t3rTheFreak
65
This album does stray too close to the same formulas that worked on 'T R A P S O U L' and in the process ends up sounding like a pale imitation of it.
There's very little here that makes this project stand out and even some of the better tracks are simply weaker when compared to previous releases.
It is unfortunately a fall from grace if you will but hopefully the future holds more
kelanobrien
NR
Seems like a solid album. It was not my type of music but two to three tracks really stood out to me.
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MISC LISTS

#49/Complex (First Half)

Track List

  1. Rain On Me (Intro)
  2. No Longer Friends
  3. Don't Get Too High
  4. Blowing Smoke
  5. We Both Know
  6. You Got It
  7. In Check
  8. Self-Made
  9. Run Me Dry
  10. High Stakes
  11. Rain Interlude
  12. Teach Me a Lesson
  13. Stay Blessed
  14. Money Problems / Benz Truck
  15. Set It Off
  16. Nevermind This Interlude
  17. Before You Judge
  18. Somethin Tells Me
  19. Always (Outro)
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