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Universal acclaim- based on 211 Ratings

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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Los Angeles-based Chicago rapper was self-released.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. The Wire
    Oct 16, 2018
    100
    The biggest problem with Noname’s Room 25 is that the opening two tracks, adding up to barely four minutes of music, are just too damn good. ... The rest is merely exceptional. Essential. [Nov 2018, p.68]
  2. 100
    Noname isn’t bringing us a romantic rags-to-riches story; here she acknowledges the pitfalls of fame (as well as the occasional perks) with whip-smart honesty. Just like ‘Telefone’, it’s flawless.
  3. Sep 27, 2018
    90
    Noname leaves little to no room for filler on Room 25, conveying a wide breadth of compelling ideas within 35 minutes. ... Though it can require attention to detail for her words to sink in, she gives off a feeling of effortless and whimsical grace as she speaks from a place of stark honesty over live instrumentation. A complete one-of-one act who continues to grow in real time outside of the limelight, Noname makes a subtle yet strong statement for women providing alternatives to one-dimensional rap archetypes.
  4. Oct 5, 2018
    89
    At just 35 minutes, she's now produced one of the tightest and most complete albums of 2018, while advancing philosophical wax on contextual freedoms of her black body.
  5. Sep 24, 2018
    86
    Noname overwhelmingly succeeds in telling her coming-of-age story where she removes all emotional layers to explore everything from comical socio-political ideology to sexuality minus self-serving preachiness.
  6. Nov 26, 2018
    80
    Days after the album was released, she turned 27, yet she already sounds like a seasoned professional, and the immaculately crafted Room 25 is highly mature and immensely enjoyable. Simply remarkable.
  7. Sep 18, 2018
    70
    With the lyrical talent she shows in places here, the more Noname challenges herself--the deeper she delves into her own mind--the more fascinating, stimulating, and thought-provoking her music will become.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Sep 22, 2018
    10
    This album is amazing the production is more mature and much better then her first mixtape , noname's rapping is great she's got a lot of goodThis album is amazing the production is more mature and much better then her first mixtape , noname's rapping is great she's got a lot of good verses all over this and she's got a great voice!!the features are all amazing here in conclusion i stan noname Expand
  2. Sep 17, 2018
    10
    Every song adds something special to the album and demonstrates Noname's incredible ability to tell compelling stories. Telefone was an albumEvery song adds something special to the album and demonstrates Noname's incredible ability to tell compelling stories. Telefone was an album that I've listened to consistently for the last two years - with this new project, Noname manages to match, if not exceed, the bar this album left behind. This is not an album to be missed - a definite highlight of 2018. Expand
  3. Sep 17, 2018
    10
    Congratulations Girl! You Made the Best album of the Year! I am a huge fan of Noname and this album is so true, so herself... I can’t describeCongratulations Girl! You Made the Best album of the Year! I am a huge fan of Noname and this album is so true, so herself... I can’t describe but I loved the lyrics, the production... there’s no bad sog Expand
  4. Jan 3, 2019
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Noname returns with (mostly playful) vengeance: "Y'all really thought a **** couldn’t rap, huh?" Room 25 is Noname's answer to that inquiry, without getting caught up in spelling it out for the listener (though, I don't think anybody was doubting her pen-skills after Telefone, anyway). The minimalist-yet-memorable elements, production-wise, in each song allow the listener to get lost in Noname's world for each song-length—and her lyrics complete the journey. There is both atmosphere and lyricism in each song—a rare juggling task for many rap artists—and, as a whole, the songs still manage to all go together perfectly.

    Noname continues to write with purpose on Room 25. Her new experiences since Telefone come through beautifully, pain and pleasure alike. She remains a poet with the pen and an MC and lyricist on the mic.

    I have only the one complaint that I'm never quite ready for "With You" to end.
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  5. Sep 21, 2018
    7
    After Listening to Room 25 a few times, a great sense of relaxation is felt through not only the beats themselves, but the lyrics thatAfter Listening to Room 25 a few times, a great sense of relaxation is felt through not only the beats themselves, but the lyrics that accompany them. Noname's voice perfectly compliments the chilled out beats and flow of the tracks.

    Although this is an impressively made album, it does feel like a lot of the tracks meld together and you get lost as to which track you are listening to. The similarities of the tracks sometimes works for artists, but with Noname, I think it takes away from her lyrical and techincal skill.
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  6. Sep 18, 2018
    7
    Deeply inferior to Telefone, which makes it seem worse than it is by comparison.

    A poor blending of instrumental and vocal makes it
    Deeply inferior to Telefone, which makes it seem worse than it is by comparison.

    A poor blending of instrumental and vocal makes it flat-out hard to hear what's she's saying on certain tracks. Given that her vocal quality is such a vital part of her performance, this is deeply disappointing. When it comes to lyrical content, very little is added that wasn't more elegantly presented before, save a throughline of new-found fame and its impacts. So far, so predictably uninteresting.

    Stylistically Noname seems stretched too thin, in both directions. A great deal of the more complex verse is too quick and too complex - you can hear her struggling to finish each line before the next one swoops in. When she pares it down to a minimum, the opposite problem arises, with comical simplicity and empty repetition adding to the feel of an album half finished, ideas half-formed or simply regurgitated. I suspect the critical hype around Room 25 has more to do with critics missing the boat on Telefone, an indisputably superior work.

    Not to say that it's a bad album by any stretch. On the contrary, if this is your first Noname record I think you'll be utterly enamored. I personally think she's the greatest rapper going, with an ability to not only venture where her peers can't or won't, but also make that process seem inimitably cool. Everything is everything.
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  7. Sep 25, 2018
    2
    I failed to find an answer when I asked myself if I will remember anything about this album when I finished listening to it.

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