Brick Body Kids Still Daydream

Open Mike Eagle - Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2017 Ratings: #162 / 852
User Score
Based on 428 ratings
2017 Ratings: #49
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September 15, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mello Music Group / Label
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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.

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.

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

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.
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.

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.

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. 

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

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.

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
A great addition to Mike's discography, but definitely doesn't live up to the buzz surrounding this album.


-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


-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
I gotta say, it's a pretty good album.
Not all songs are great but some of them really made a positive impression on me. And if flamingooooo gives a rap album 70> it's worth listening for sure;D
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.
This is the one where I felt it all came together perfectly. The production is more subdued than past efforts, which complements Mike's low-key delivery better. The record has a clear concept that it doesn't stray from and it's very personal. This causes there to be less of those trademark OME one-liners that we like to tweet out, but this record is a bonafide masterclass in conceptual art rap.
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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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Added on: July 31, 2017