Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2013 Ratings: #96 / 952
Year End Rank: #30
User Score
Based on 378 ratings
2013 Ratings: #65
August 20, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
FACT Magazine

Doris is miles ahead of 2010’s Earl, and on it, Earl surpasses nearly all of his contemporaries.

83
Pitchfork

Doris is full on its author’s prodigious abilities as a formidable young voice in L.A.’s resurgent hip-hop scene, but it’s not as concerned with the wider significance of the moment as it is with disbelief it’s actually happening.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Earl is still negotiating his capricious tendencies with a more consistent, reliable style. Doris displays some of those growing pains, but it also delivers a uniquely impressive collection of vicious beats and lyrics that make Magna Carta…Holy Grail sound like Marky Mark.

80
AllMusic

Doris is unsettled, messy, and takes a bit to sort, but there are codes to crack and rich rewards to reap, so enter with an open mind and prepare to leave exhausted.

80
Consequence of Sound

It’s a work as notable for its technical achievements as its nuanced themes, and that’s almost as impressive considering that so many artists lack in one or both of those fields.

80
HipHopDX

Whether selfish or smart to persist on remaining a standoffish mystery, Earl prospers in establishing himself as a 19-year-old with an unusually high standard for rhyming that should be separated from urban legend.

80
Spin

Enamored with language itself, Doris is a celebration of syntax, a yoga pose pushing the limits of the MC's flexibility

80
PopMatters

Doris represents one of the most innovative and important hip-hop releases of the year. Not just because of the charm and intrigue of Earl’s story but because of the immense and understated level of his talent for writing rhymes. 

80
Under The Radar

Overall, Doris will likely stand tall as another step in the maturing and deepening of the Odd Future ethos and sound.

75
The 405

Not to say that the Sweatshirt is incapable of sounding original and "influenced", but at times it sounds as though he's still in the 'teeming with potential' stage of his career, immature attempts at articulating "sounds done by grown folks".

75
AllHipHop

Earl Sweatshirt has officially entered himself into the conversation for best MC of Tumblr generation. The only question is will he ever give a f*ck to fully reach his potential.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Doris is not a tidy next step in this narrative. It is not the Big Album many were hoping for, although it certainly shows great growth when compared to EARL. Instead, it sounds like a transitional record by a 19-year-old with a lot on his mind.

Jul 20, 2018
AmericaanSpirit
79
The Odd Future sound hasn't aged well, and unfortunately it can be seen all over this record. While Earl does branch off into his own sector of style here or there, a lot of this music has become dated.

BEST TRACKS: Guild, Knight, Hoarse, Hive, Molasses, Burgundy, 20 Wave Caps
Dec 7, 2017
Pmarf46
81
Earl's bars and flow are so tasty. Best lyricist working today, however he may benefit from more precisely choosing who he works with. Some beats on this thing (Chum, Burgundy, Molasses etc.) are really good, and some features, like from Vince and Domo, are worthwhile, but this album lacks focus due to an over-saturation of sub-par guest spots and some weaker beats.
Jul 30, 2018
LepardRyan
65
Really good album. Some great moments of storytelling and pretty good lyrics overall. Sunday creates such a brilliant atmosphere. Chum is good but slightly overrated. Tyler’s guest verse is kinda whatever. The other features are range from decent to great.
Jul 1, 2018
amygoodall
70
good
Sep 12, 2017*
blondeMushroom
82
this album really surprised me
best track: knight or whoa
worst track: pre
i found this album funny, charming, and with the perfect amount of edge
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Added on: July 12, 2013