Mura Masa

Mura Masa - Mura Masa
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2017 Ratings: #264 / 918
User Score
Based on 311 ratings
2017 Ratings: #476
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny
It’s a confident, competent step forwards from a sure-footed talent, earning its repeat listens through mature considerations. And there will be repeat listens – just you try not to.
80
The Line of Best Fit
With an envious cast of characters on board, it feels like the best party everyone’s invited to. Grab a drink and dive in.
80
NME
The record never diverts from a tried-and-tested formula, but Crossan brings a modern touch via nifty production tricks and songwriting knacks.
80
The Guardian
This may be an album handcuffed to the zeitgeist, but it’s also bubbling with energy and ideas. Just imagine what Crossan could do if he ditched the marimbas.
80
Clash
Mura Masa’s nuance, confidence and obvious versatility betray his relative inexperience, and it’s increasingly clear that he is already a musical force to be reckoned with.
77
Pitchfork
Coherent in spite of its range, Mura Masa never lets its jam-packed contents overshadow a vision that refuses to be boxed in.
75
Northern Transmissions
On an album equal parts pop and experimental, Crossan makes something both accessible and intriguing all at the same time.
70
AllMusic

Not every track leaves a major impression, but Mura Masa is still a quality effort from an ambitious, inventive producer.

30
Tiny Mix Tapes

Mura Masa was already disadvantaged by the tendency of these sorts of projects to rely on a slate of recognizable features; his productions are scaled back to accommodate the vocalist, while any hope of cohesion goes out the window in the face of appearances from no less than 10 different artists, each given an entire track. That’s not inherently irredeemable, but it’s a lot harder when the features are as anonymous — both in name and in style — as the majority of guests on Mura Masa.

hopperlol
73

The first time I'd heard of Mura Masa was when helpline was helpline was on FIFA 18, and I'd sing along with friends whilst playing pro clubs, so coming into this album I already wanted it to be good due to previous feelings on it, and it just about delivered.

Crossan impresses here, this whole album feels like it was built for like an Apple or boohooman ad, something that would play in a Love Island ad break, which isn't the most flattering thought but it is genuinely a compliment.

The ... read more

Slush_Puppy
66

I’ve been listening to individual tracks from this for years but I never listened to the whole project. This album has great singular tracks like Love$ick and Blu but as a whole it lacks direction and character. It doesn’t feel like a Mura Masa album and more of a compilation of Mura Masa producing to fit the features’ strengths.

Enneti
70

A bunch of good, well produced and unique British pop songs. It is definitely not cohesive but I love it.

deckerd
67

Even with songs that were staples of my high school days, this album stills blows overall. Half the songs either make me go to sleep or are not even distinguishable enough to make an impression, good or bad.

Even heavy hitters like Rocky, Charli, Damon Albarn and... Desiigner couldn't carry the lack of uniqueness and creativity shown here. Tracks like Love$ick and 1 Night give the whole "young heartbreak-esque" vibe but are not enough to make up for the generic beats and forgetful ... read more

tonamiken
91

1.Messy Love - 95
2.Nuggets - 90
3.Love$ick - 100
4.1 Night - 93
5.All Around The World - 90
6.give me The ground - 85
7.What If I Go? - 100
8.Firefly - 90
9.NOTHING ELSE! - 90
10.helpline - 93
11.Second 2 None - 92
12.Who Is It Gonna B - 75
13.Blu - 92

dpm19
74

Mura Masa continues to push forward in his personal exploration of trap and electronic sound as a whole, but this album has too many lows for me to consider it in as high regard as I do for Soundtrack to a Death and Someday Somewhere. There are definitely some tracks on here that I love (including the inclusion of Firefly from the previous EP and Lovesick but now with the A$AP Rocky feature), but songs like All Around The World, give me The ground, Who Is It Gonna Be, and Blu drag down the ... read more

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Track List

  1. Messy Love
  2. Nuggets (feat. Bonzai)
  3. Love$ick (feat. A$AP Rocky)
  4. 1 Night (feat. Charli XCX)
  5. All Around The World (feat. Desiigner)
  6. give me The ground
  7. What If I Go?
  8. Firefly (feat. Nao)
  9. NOTHING ELSE! (feat. Jamie Lidell)
  10. helpline (feat. Tom Tripp)
  11. Second 2 None (feat. Christine and the Queens)
  12. Who Is It Gonna B (feat. A.K. Paul)
  13. Blu (feat. Damon Albarn)

Year End Lists

#11/BLARE
#14/NZ Herald
#15/The Skinny
#21/Baeble Music
#27/Dork
#34/Billboard
#34/NME
#81/Drowned in Sound
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Added on: June 5, 2017