• Record Label: N/A
  • Release Date: May 17, 2019
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. May 17, 2019
    100
    Clever, bleak, funny, bracing, aware of a broad musical heritage but never in thrall to it: after you hear Nothing Great About Britain, it’s even more obvious why Slowthai stands out.
  2. May 17, 2019
    90
    This compelling and provocative record is a haunting echo of a seemingly hopeless vignette of Britain today, where slowthai offers the slightest glimmer of optimism for a potentially brighter future.
  3. May 17, 2019
    90
    Nothing Great About Britain permeates everything about this fantastic first record from the soon-to-be-star that is Tyron Frampton.
  4. May 21, 2019
    84
    What binds the album is slowthai’s soul: his meticulously drawn characters, his affinity for left-behind outsiders like the glue sniffers sampled on “Doorman,” and his impatience with a profit-motivated world where, as he once put it, “You’re competing constantly without wanting to.”
  5. Aug 27, 2019
    80
    Fresh and exhilarating, Nothing Great About Britain firmly establishes slowthai as one of U.K. rap's most relevant artists.
  6. The Wire
    Jun 20, 2019
    80
    Real feast of words expressing a way more convoluted and realistic portrait of a conflicted British psyche. [Jul 2019, p.55]
  7. May 28, 2019
    80
    Nothing Great About Britain, a measured yet viciously ribald meditation on the contradictions at the heart of Britishness in 2019.
  8. May 20, 2019
    80
    What lingers is the beguiling honesty beneath the fury, and the thrill that he’ll get even better, given time.
  9. Mojo
    May 17, 2019
    80
    Original, but with traces of early Dizzee, Rodney P and The Streets in Slowthai's savvy grime-punk. [Jun 2019, p.96]
  10. Q Magazine
    May 17, 2019
    80
    From start to finish, an impressive piece of work. [Jul 2019, p.114]
  11. 80
    It’s at times a brutal listen, but hidden between the hard knocks is the sound of a charismatic young artist who knows he’s making a debut album to remember.
  12. 80
    Guiding you on a whistlestop tour of his life, community and resultant beliefs, the record serves not only as a statement of identity, but also an indication of the sprawling possible paths for his career to grow into.
  13. Uncut
    May 17, 2019
    70
    While some moments fee contrived to win headlines [...] it's the stories of grind under dour circumstance, such as "Grow Up" featuring Birmingham MC Jaykae, that shine the brightest. [Jul 2019, p.34]
  14. Dec 2, 2019
    45
    slowthai gained notoriety for being unvarnished in his lyrics over his country’s politics, but that isn’t shown much on the album except for its title. He says there’s “Nothing Great About Britain“, but the same can be said about his debut album, even with the bright spots.
  15. May 20, 2019
    40
    Northampton’s Child has a brilliant trap-style beat which comes with one of Slowthai’s better performances, as if being more autobiographical implicitly encouraged him to find his own voice. But these moments are too few and far between to save a record that reveals the whirlwind of hype around Slowthai to be not much more than invisible garments on an arrogant emperor.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. May 28, 2019
    7
    There's nothing great about this album, except its relevance on today's issues in the UK. Some tracks are outstanding ('Doorman', and alsoThere's nothing great about this album, except its relevance on today's issues in the UK. Some tracks are outstanding ('Doorman', and also 'Peace of Mind'), however the rest of them are just inferior, lack of originality within the production. Nothing Great About Britain is a reminder that even a developed country can mess themselves up too. Full Review »
  2. May 19, 2019
    8
    Refreshing, interesting and important. An example of some of the best British music of recent times.
  3. May 18, 2019
    7
    A powerful delivery by slowthai. Screams nihilism. A discussion of the social climate of Britain. Thought-provoking and powerful lyrics.