Danny Brown - Old
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2013 Ratings: #21 / 1115
Year End Rank: #24
User Score
2013 Rank: #261
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Sputnikmusic

Even though the emphasis of the record is on its expansive production, the lyrics are more telling than they’ve ever been. While each song has a solid musical backbone, it’s Brown’s narratives that make the most profound impact, and move the album forward.

100
AllMusic

While Old often seems like a hip-hop kaleidoscope exploding across the speakers, it's also crafted and paced, split down the middle like a great LP with a sure start and a freeing finish.

91
Pretty Much Amazing

What makes Old great is its refusal to be one coherent statement. The album is as messy and wild as Danny Brown’s life.

91
Entertainment Weekly

Old positively vibrates with Brown’s nasally helter-skelter energy.

90
Earmilk

Old is the perfect means for escapism; a lush view into a world that is incompatible with the lifestyles of many of the fans and critics, who will undoubtedly enjoy chanting along as Brown rhymes about his drug filled escapades.

90
Prefix

Old is Brown’s best work. Complex beyond its two-sided structure, it is filled with narratives that collide, sentiments that conflict and resolutions that come to nothing.

90
No Ripcord

Old is all about developing the character of one very conflicted dude, and to me that’s its crowning achievement.

90
FasterLouder
In short, it’s an entire universe in an album: Brown’s past and present in the lyrics, the past and present of hip-hop in the music.
88
Paste

More than ever, Old allows even passive listeners to care about what Brown is saying, to form a bond with him and to trust there is more of interest to him than women and drugs.

87
Pitchfork

In his berserk originality, writerly flair, emotional impact, and old-fashioned craft, Danny Brown belongs in any conversation about the best rappers working, and he's at the top of his game here. 

85
The 405

Old, from its quirky beat selection to its more classic hip-hop moments leaves the listener more than happy but steeped with a sense of jealousy. 

85
Under the Radar

Old doesn’t sound like anything approaching a conventional hip-hop record—and in a year when the majority of rap’s big hitters failed to deliver, it couldn’t feel more indispensable.

85
Spectrum Culture

Comfortable with his place in the industry, Old offers a complete look of the formerly one-dimensional Brown.

85
The Line of Best Fit

The popular perception of Danny Brown as a particularly lewd-yet-talented harlequin, one who banters about absurd rap tropes indicative of a healthy respect for the hoary even as he transcends it, fails to take into account his most important asset, the one Old makes abundantly clear; his acute understanding of the environment such bromides are born from.

80
Uncut
His guttural, rat-tat flow is raw and unleavened, but it's the way he uses it--in flights of fancy and feats of mischief--that's truly the nub of his appeal.
80
The Irish Times
What we get is a rich, enticing, multi-layered record that truly takes Brown to the psychedelic higher ground.
80
XXL
As the binaries of rap continue to collapse, Brown looks less like an outcast and more like a trailblazer. It feels like time is on his side.
80
HipHopDX

Simultaneously targeting fanatics who believe Danny Brown can do no wrong and traditionalist skeptics who show up for highlights like the Oh No produced “Red 2 Go,” Old requires the patience and empathy one would lend to a friend suffering from a bipolar disorder.

80
FACT Magazine

With Old, Brown has bettered XXX by putting in the same kind of hard graft that has given him the edge on his endless run of tours. It’s an album that feels measured and well timed and yet avoids sounding over-polished or awkwardly stage-managed.

80
Consequence of Sound

Old is so successful because it reflects Danny Brown the person, Danny Brown the persona, and Danny Brown the artist.

80
SPIN

Old is XXX without that fun first half. It isn't traditionally enjoyable, and it isn't supposed to be. But for Danny Brown, the pill-popping, pussy-eating squawk-box, it's the most daring record he could've made.

80
NME

Brown's nu-skool genius is out in force here on his third album. The record's producers take their cues from his truly singular flow – a terse, hectoring blend of squawking cocaine mania and ghoulish, punk gruffness – and respond in kind with an album of unprecedented production styles.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

Old consistently offers up words and music that, while certainly extremely enjoyable on the most basic aural terms, also holds up to deeper dissection and analysis.

70
Rolling Stone
The production is vivid, trippy and abrasive, bleeding the line between hip-hop and EDM – a sound as compellingly haywire as Brown is an MC.
70
Clash
In its totality, ‘Old’ is a free-wheeling, Molly-popping collection of dizzying trap-rap set atop an equally unnerving soundtrack.
70
The Needle Drop

It's an album that mirrors the Detroit native's constant cycle of drug-fueled partying and remorse that was introduced on 2011's XXX. The major difference this time around being heavier instrumentals and Danny's split personalities feeling even more at odds.

70
PopMatters

The protean image we get of Brown, instead, is at its best when the complications of identity clash with complications of sound and fit into fascinatingly confining structures.

60
NOW Magazine
Thirty-two might be a little old for an emcee who’s only recently entered the mainstream. But that’s not the “old” Danny Brown explores on his third full-length.
LepardRyan
85

Y'all sleep on this cuz fantano told you to like the purple album instead smh

ST4T1C
75

“Old” is not a bad album per se, but it def aint his best. The high points on here I think are pretty great, 3 tracks were really great, “Dip” is honestly in my top 5 Danny songs ever, and generally I think the production here has aged a lot better that some moments on “XXX” for me. However, this album has some pretty big consistency issues on a lot of this album, especially near the back end of this thing with the kinda surface level and mid as hell ... read more

WhatTheFunk
66

Rap has always made room for eccentrics - from Ol' Dirty Bastard to Busta Rhymes. Now, we have Danny Brown, the legendary crazy rapper with one of the most amazing discography in the game.

Danny Brown is a funny guy. In 2013, he was 32 years old -barely four years younger than Kanye West- he was regularly mentioned among the new generation of rappers 2.0, among "kids" who often barely exceeded 20 years of age.

Daniel Dewan Sewell was born in Detroit in 1981. His mother was 17 years ... read more

JOJO_Br
80

"Old" é uma jornada sonora épica que mergulha nas profundezas da mente de Danny Brown, oferecendo uma experiência auditiva única e multifacetada que desafia as convenções do hip-hop contemporâneo. Lançado em 2013, o álbum é uma obra-prima de autenticidade e inovação, destacando-se como um dos pontos altos da carreira de Brown.

Uma das características mais marcantes de "Old" é sua ... read more

horrorgeek4000
98

so underrated

MikeShinoda
80

Mike Shinoda approved.

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Track List

1Side A (Old)
2:23
83
2The Return
3:10
88
325 Bucks
3:30
82
4Wonderbread
1:58
75
5Gremlins
2:05
76
6Dope Fiend Rental
2:55
84
7Torture
3:46
81
8Lonely
2:19
79
9Clean Up
3:01
82
10Red 2 Go
3:18
81
11Side B (Dope Song)
2:36
72
12Dubstep
2:16
71
13Dip
3:31
78
14Smokin & Drinkin
2:53
78
15Break It (Go)
3:12
64
16Handstand
2:55
56
17Way Up Here
2:36
feat. Ab-Soul
58
18Kush Coma
4:41
78
19Float On
3:31
83
Total Length: 56 minutes
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Added on: August 26, 2013