Danny Brown - OLD
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2013 Ratings: #19 / 952
Year End Rank: #23
User Score
Based on 415 ratings
2013 Ratings: #56
October 8, 2013 / Release Date
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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.

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.

90
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.

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 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.

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. 

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
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
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
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.

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.

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.

liammenzies
87
Sure, it's the tiniest (0.0%ish) bit bloated but Danny gets the production on darker, finer form that acts as a perfect segway into his 2016 magnum opus.
tynhe
NR
There is something about this album that holds this album back from being the improved version of XXX but I can't pin-point what it is. It feels like it's missing something big. The production feels kind of weird and not focused. The rattling hi-hats seem misplaced and unfitting. Overral, the production doesn't seem right. While I did enjoy Side A (Old-Red 2 Go), Side B kind of lost me (Dope Song-Float On) but even though I enjoy the tracks at the start of the album more, I would've rather had ... read more
nemgax
82
made me sip my hot chocolate real aggressive
morningsbell
67
Woah the second part is pretty obnoxious. Sadly.
chuyin49
82
Really loved the idea of splitting the album into Two sides: Side A and Side B. Side A was dope, we got to see a different side of Danny brown we don't normally hear in his music. Side B was dope as shit!! Every song was Turn up music, banger after banger after banger. Can't wait to see what Danny Brown does next.
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Track List

  1. Side A (Old) [prod. Paul White]
  2. The Return [ft. Freddie Gibbs] [prod. Paul White]
  3. 25 Bucks [ft. Purity Ring] [prod. Corin Roddick]
  4. Wonderbread [prod. Paul White]
  5. Gremlins [prod. Oh No]
  6. Dope Fiend Rental [ft. Schoolboy Q] [prod. Skywlkr]
  7. Torture [prod. Oh No]
  8. Lonely [prod. Paul White]
  9. Clean Up [prod. Paul White]
  10. Red 2 Go [prod. Oh No]
  11. Side B (Dope Song) [prod. Rustie]
  12. Dubstep [ft. Scrufizzer] [prod. Skywlkr]
  13. Dip [prod. Skywlkr]
  14. Smokin & Drinkin [prod. A-Trak & JMIKE]
  15. Break It (Go) [prod. Rustie]
  16. Handstand [prod. Darq E. Freaker]
  17. Way Up Here [ft. Ab-Soul] [prod. Rustie]
  18. Kush Coma [ft. A$AP Rocky and Zelooperz] [prod. Skywlkr]
  19. Float On [ft. Charli XCX] [prod. Frank Dukes]
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Added on: August 26, 2013