Brick Body Kids Still Daydream

Open Mike Eagle - Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2017 Ratings: #135 / 717
User Score
Based on 215 ratings
2017 Ratings: #27
September 15, 2017 / Release Date
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Mello Music Group / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Pretty Much Amazing

Open Mike Eagle is one of the few artists that seems to improve with every release, and just when you thought he couldn’t get better than a full collaboration with Paul White on yesteryear’s Hella Personal Film Festival, he does just that.

90
Loud and Quiet

While considering that much of today’s sharpest hip hop releases are stamped with his name, ‘Brick Body Kids’ is Mike’s greatest achievement yet.

90
Tiny Mix Tapes
Throughout the album, Eagle manages to inject novelty into 2017’s most worn-out declaration: things suck right now.
81
Pitchfork
It’s a colorful portrait of lives that are typically rendered in one dimension. And yet somehow, he can still make us laugh.
80
The Skinny

Brick Body Kids Still Daydream offers everything you’d expect from an Open Mike Eagle album and rivals Dark Comedy for the best in his catalogue. But it’s also his most thematically coherent work yet. 

80
The 405
It serves both as a poignant monument to a community as well as an indictment of how the US government fails African-Americans. Overall, it makes a strong case for itself as Eagle’s most consistently impressive album yet.
80
The Needle Drop

Brick Body Kids is Open Mike Eagle at his most low-key, but it's also his most cohesive and emotionally potent work so far.

75
Under The Radar

Brick Body gives the feeling of sitting curbside on a warm summer's eve, surrounded by friends. The beats are welcoming, jazzy, and minimal while Mike sing-raps his poignant lines in a typically poetic and smooth cadence.

75
Consequence of Sound

One of Eagle’s more consistently engaging outings, this elegy for the since-demolished Robert Taylor Homes projects the 36-year-old rapper grew up in isn’t necessarily one of his most ear-catching records. 

70
Rolling Stone
The results add a historical angle to hip-hop's powerful mix of the personal and political.
70
AllMusic

Eagle excels at delivering thoughtful, relevant lyrics in a creative manner, sounding both arty and accessible, and Brick Body Kids Still Daydream contains his most affecting work yet.

tinymusiccritic
80
Over the past seven years and change, during which he has released five LPs, a handful of EPs, and delivered a slew of features on tracks by a veritable who’s-who list of underground hip hop luminaries, Michael W. Eagle II, aka Open Mike Eagle, has established himself as indie rap’s pre-eminent social critic, a bona fide rap trope deconstructionist, and one of the funniest emcees in the game. On his latest full length, Michael Eagle dials back the quippy humour that has ... read more
itsyahboinoah
88
This is open mike eagle 6th album to date and his most personal yet. Brick Body kids still daydream deals with the demolition of the housing projects in Chicago and how it affected thousands of families. This is definitely a unique take of a hip-hop concept. I've been following Mike's career ever since his LP "dark comedy" and still to this day he hasn't released anything sub-par. This is perhaps the most thought-provoking and impactful hip-hop album this year along. The Content of ... read more
aaron
60
A great addition to Mike's discography, but definitely doesn't live up to the buzz surrounding this album.

Ups:

-Each song lives off of one another, a very well constructed album
-Unique ( I really enjoyed the "silent like ice bear" line)
-Good features (each artist fits in the world created here)
-Brick Body Complex

Downs:

-Introspective albums should be void of ego, it just doesn't translate well, vulnerability is what is wanted here.
-Humble bragging (some goofy shit just ... read more
Sleezus
80
Brick Body Kids Still Daydream is an excellent journey. Mike Eagle seems to be telling me many stories with this album and I highly enjoy just about each one. This album makes me feel relaxed especially with Mike's soft and calming voice. This album also just paints the image of talking with a friend over drinks and trading life stories and giving each other the feeling of empowerment. A highly enjoyable and relaxing album that I would recommend.
97
aoty of 2017

fav track: no selling
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Track List

  1. Legendary Iron Hood
  2. (How Could Anybody) Feel at Home
  3. Hymnal (feat. Sammus)
  4. No Selling (Uncle Butch Pretending It Dont Hurt)
  5. Happy Wasteland Day
  6. Daydreaming in the Projects
  7. Brick Body Complex
  8. Tldr (Smithing)
  9. Breezeway Ritual
  10. Wedding Ghosts
  11. 95 Radios (feat. Has-Lo)
  12. My Auntie's Building
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