Stranger

Yung Lean - Stranger
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2017 Ratings: #628 / 735
User Score
Based on 161 ratings
2017 Ratings: #560
November 10, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Line of Best Fit

Stranger is a fully formed welcome to the staying power of Lean, and this third chapter is unlike anything he’s done before, while simultaneously being everything he’s done before.

80
Clash
On 'Stranger', Yung Lean seems to embrace his outsider status even more so than on previous projects, with the Scandinavian expanding on his reputation as a reclusive 'sad rap' artist and creating a project that feels isolated and reflective.
68
Pitchfork

The moments on Stranger where he breaks away from rap are striking glimpses of his full potential, piercing through the detachment that once obscured real emotion. In these moments, Lean’s identity shifts from something borrowed to something innate.

67
Consequence of Sound

If anything, Stranger is too parochial at this stage in his career, altogether enjoyable yet only seldom worthy of evangelizing.

67
A.V. Club

Stranger is his third and probably best album, in that the aquatic, post-cloud rap production is uniformly good, and the bleating, preposterous lyrics are frequently delivered too slowly and blandly to consume on a cognitive level.

60
The Guardian

In a genre where the vocals tend to be the focus, here’s an album where you’d be better off ignoring the star performance and concentrating on the scenery.

60
NME

Yung Lean still lacks quality control. The middle bulk of ‘Stranger’ can feel like being suspended in ice, experiencing a never-ending comedown.

60
DIY

It doesn’t feel any more disciplined or carefully-crafted than the experimental ‘Frost God’ did, but Yung Lean does continue to push the boundaries - which is precisely what brought him to public attention in the first place.

60
The Needle Drop

Cloud rap sorcerer Yung Lean returns with his most enjoyable and aesthetically mature album to date.

40
The Skinny

The beats are the only thing going anywhere on Stranger, while the vocals seem as drunk and rambling as ever, devoid of memorable similes or even coherent subject matter.

TreyLikesBands
83
Great

Yung Lean creates an atmospheric and thematic vibe on “Stranger”, which shows the artist as being very eclectic and able to rap and croon with ease.

Color: Orange
FAV TRACKS: Red Bottom Sky, Agony, Iceman, Skimask, Muddy Sea, Yellowman, Push / Lost Weekend, Silver Arrows
LEAST FAV: Snakeskin / Bullets, Fallen Demon, Salute / Pacman
Kaapo
77
Really good project with lot of personality and charisma
vivvuk
20
ugh hate this dude's vocals they sound abhorrent. definitely not feelin this shit
papadave
89
Leandoer’s most polished release. Not necessarily his most exciting, but by far his most well composed work. Loved hearing Lean step away from the cloud of auto-tune his music is normally shrouded in and perform more tracks with raw vocals.

Yung Lean proved here something I didn’t think he was capable of: providing material that is both vulnerable and genuinely beautiful.

Favorite Cut:
Agony
EMR
27
More and more amateurish with each release. Truly a phenomenon to be studied.
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Track List

  1. Muddy Sea
  2. Red Bottom Sky
  3. Skimask
  4. Silver Arrows
  5. Metallic Intuition
  6. Push / Lost Weekend
  7. Salute / Pacman
  8. Drop It / Scooter
  9. Hunting My Own Skin
  10. Iceman
  11. Snakeskin / Bullets
  12. Fallen Demon
  13. Agony
  14. Yellowman
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