Stranger

Yung Lean - Stranger
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2017 Ratings: #610 / 717
User Score
Based on 75 ratings
2017 Ratings: #544
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.

CHEENYUS
84
I don’t even know why this album grew so much on me in the past year. I guess it’s the forward-thinking production, maybe the rambling vocals that somehow never sound unfitting to the beats. Especially given how bland his past material always seemed, this is my favorite project of his by far.

BEST: Muddy Sea, Red Bottom Sky, Silver Arrows, Metallic Intuition, Hunting My Own Skin, Agony
WORST: Iceman
Cyd
76
Yellowman best Yung Lean song
BuffaloStaple
51
I really like agony
EMR
27
More and more amateurish with each release. Truly a phenomenon to be studied.
exception
66
There's plenty of filler on this album, but there's also some really solid songs that make up for some of whats lacking. Not Lean's best, but it shows progression and maturation in his sound.

fav tracks: Hunting My Own Skin (standout), Red Bottom Sky
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#21/Pigeons & Planes

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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