Pure Beauty

SHIRT - Pure Beauty
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #488 / 676
User Score
Based on 30 ratings
2018 Ratings: #573
February 9, 2018 / Release Date
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Third Man / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

84
HipHopDX
The LP plays out like a walk through an eclectic art gallery after hours. Nothing feels wasted or out of place; the meticulous nuances are evident throughout.
80
Loud and Quiet
His debut album ‘Pure Beauty’ is triumphant. Over neo-boom bap beats and immaculate samples, he spits Kanye-esque braggadocio, Nas-like street knowledge and even flirts with being Jay Z for a track (the epic ‘Palace Intrigue’). Whichever rap-hat he tries on, he rocks.
70
Drowned in Sound
As he continues to explore the arts and its many forms, SHIRT needs to better develop his lyrical skill if pure beauty is what he aims to achieve, but this debut marks a promising start.
70
FLOOD Magazine
This is a rap record that upholds some of the genre’s most folkloric qualities, actively engaging its traditions and making its mark more through skillful craft than through exploration of new frontiers.
63
Pitchfork

Pure Beauty plays out ... committing wholly to neither SHIRT’s appealing raw rap chops nor his grander concepts.

60
The Guardian
For anyone craving a return to the raw spitting and classic Bronx boom bap that built hip-hop’s fame, they could do worse than this rapper attempting to resurrect the energy of a lost golden age.
60
DIY
There’s a distinct effort to be intriguing and mysterious, like SHIRT is taking each track as a singular exhibit in the gallery of ‘Pure Beauty’. His willingness to collage these elements is always encouraging, even if the result doesn’t quite live up to the billing.
therealkeifer
18
So generic and boring. Best song is literally a girl talking for like 6 minutes and it was better than anything else on this album.
ChuckActuary
53
If I could describe this album in a phrase, hit or miss. It describes his lyricism, vocal delivery, beat style, and production. One song can sound clean and smooth with a strong boom-bap beat, then followed up by a poorly balanced (at times painful) vocal layering on a lo-fi beat. The sporadic nature of the album makes it hard to enjoy front to back. There are definitely a few tracks that have strong replay value (WOMAN IS GOD for example) but the total lack of cohesion across the tracks ... read more
50
It's definitely weird.. But not anything we haven't heard before
EthanW
55
Songs Best to Worst, IMO:
ZEBRA
PALACE INTRIGUE
WOMAN IS GOD
FUCK IT GOING LIVE
DO IT RIGHT
FLIGHT HOME
IF I CAN'T DO MY
CLIMATE CHANGE
SNOWBEACH
MISE EN ABYME
ENERGY
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Track List

  1. Snowbeach
  2. Climate Change
  3. Energy
  4. Zebra
  5. Palace Intrigue
  6. Fuck it Going Live
  7. Woman Is God
  8. Do it Right
  9. Flight Home
  10. If I Can't Do My
  11. Mise En Abyme
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Added on: January 4, 2018