Syre

Jaden - Syre
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2017 Ratings: #663 / 725
User Score
Based on 397 ratings
2017 Ratings: #666
November 17, 2017 / Release Date
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Roc Nation / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

82
HipHopDX

SYRE requires patience, a thorough listen and acute attention to detail otherwise it’s just going to sound like a strange pontification on existentialism that the casual listener simply doesn’t have the time to decipher.

80
Exclaim!

At first listen, the album is scattered and slightly exhausting; it takes several attempts to make sense of everything you're hearing, and some listeners may run out of the patience required to dissect it all. Those with a longer attention span, though, will find SYRE a very promising debut that offers new delight with every play.

70
AllMusic
As a debut, it has enough standout moments to pique interest in a future when Smith could stand toe to toe with his many inspirations.
60
NME
Whereas West and Ocean successfully hold disparate ideas under the same umbrella, Smith combines folk, metal, ‘70s rock, Christian pop and Detroit techno like someone flicking through Spotify on shuffle, hitting play for 30 seconds, and then moving on to something completely different. It’s exhausting.
51
Pitchfork
While there are some musical highlights—like the 8-bit ambience of the Ricky Eat Acid-produced title-track—the album is constantly in pursuit of a voice it never finds.
40
The Needle Drop

Jaden Smith's latest film is an auditory one, exploring the lyrical follies of a rich-kid-turned-mediocre-rapper in desperate need of perspective as he produces 70 minutes of egotistical propaganda in the hope it will launch his rap career.

aaron
77
HOW Y'ALL MAD AT THIS, WHEN YOU beeen bumping GUCCI GANG!?

A great debut, it has its flaws(with some serious delusions of grandeur) and a terrible finish, but its originality is refreshing.

Also I take this over the rest of his contemporaries by a LOT, next to Brockhampton; this is the most exciting new iteration of the hip-hop genre I've heard in 2017.

Favourites: Ninety B, L, U, E, The Passion, Fallen.
Avoid: Watch Me, Batman, Rapper

Update: It's really strange to see someone create a ... read more
AZIZ
53
Great Value Kanye
braztom
55
This started pretty brightly but by the end it's feeling like a real slog. It just goes on and on, and not in a good way.
WhatTheFunk
60
Let me contextualize my approach to this album. Yes, Jaden Smith seems to be an unbearable snot: superstar at the age of 15 and genetically predestined to a career in music or cinema, the son of Will Smith & Jada Pinkett had very pleasantly surprised me with "Fallen", single which started a rather unexpected experimental turn. It seemed logical to listen attentively to this debut album entitled "SYRE". The first 4 tracks ("B", "L", "U" and ... read more
goncalocouto
62
this album barely has personality
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Track List

  1. B
  2. L
  3. U
  4. E
  5. Breakfast (feat. A$AP Rocky)
  6. Hope
  7. Falcon (feat. Raury)
  8. Ninety
  9. Lost Boy
  10. Batman
  11. Icon
  12. Watch Me
  13. Fallen
  14. The Passion
  15. George Jeff
  16. Rapper
  17. SYRE
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