Jaden Smith - Syre
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2017 Ratings: #655 / 717
User Score
Based on 240 ratings
2017 Ratings: #560
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
79
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, L, U, Icon, Fallen.
Avoid: Watch Me, Batman, B

Update: It's really strange to see someone create a mythology around ... read more
Cyd
77
I really like this
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.
uralberk
80
-2017 AOTY #10-

Blending Surfin' to Black Skinhead, copying STAR flow, Jumpman, meaningless 30 hours interpolation... Too many bites, too many influences. Regardless, I majorly focus on how this meme kid has this level of quality in his music taste and how he managed to bring such an ambitious debut.

In the industry of low-effort, mass released, near monthly projects; I think it is not that wrong to give some extra credit to detailed studies.
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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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