The Reviews Are In For Nicki Minaj's 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.' Album Is Getting Slammed By Some, Praised By Others. How Would You Rate It? [Poll]

 

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The wait for Nicki Minaj's much-anticipated sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, is over, but critics are divided over whether it's a worthy successor to the diva's platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated debut.

 

To be clear, nary a critic is questioning Minaj's talent. Indeed, many of the negative notices lament Minaj's decision to focus less on her gifts as a rapper — which are evidenced on some of the album's early tracks — in favor of creating generic dance songs designed to appeal to mainstream radio.

 

In an at times scathing one-and-a-half-star review, Slant praises Reloaded's opening tracks as "hard, confrontational rap songs" that are "brilliant." However, and it's a big however, "The remaining 53 minutes of Roman Reloaded are a disaster, so much so that I could fill the rest of this review with a non-exhaustive list of the most embarrassing missteps." Ouch.

 

The album is divided "almost exactly between a rap half and a pop half," and if the rap half — particularly the tracks "Beez in the Trap" and "Come on a Cone" — is being praised, the pop half is being trashed harder than just about any pop album in recent memory.

 

"At her best, Nicki Minaj is, line for line, one of the wittiest, most creative rappers working today, either male or female. Her many personas and voices fly through her songs with joyful abandon, and she seems to be having so much fun astonishing us," the LA Times writes. "On the first half of her second album, Pink Friday ... Roman Reloaded, the Trinidadian American rapper from New York City offers repeated evidence of her talents, and she delivers funny, biting, bawdy lines and rhyming couplets with apparent glee. ... But then, after the ridiculousness that is 'Sex in the Lounge' (which sounds like a Lonely Island parody of an R. Kelly song, and, [unsurprisingly], features Lil Wayne), the album drives off a cliff."

 

Among the complaints: » The club bangers that compose the album's second half are "of the blandest and most cookie-cutter variety. The music behind 'Automatic' could be mistaken for a 15-year-old's first stab at making a dance track on Ableton software, a cynically simple run with clumsy synth chord progressions that were already tired when invented at cheesy 1998 raves." — LA Times

 

» "The five RedOne-helmed tracks in a row feel as distinct and independent as the opening six did, but big synths and dramatic drops are the stars of these songs, with Minaj herself reduced to supporting player." » "There are way too many anonymous dance numbers like 'Automatic' and 'Fire Burns' that could have come from a dozen singers." —

 

The consensus seems to be that Nicki is at her best when she's spitting lines as Roman rather than pursuing the beat-driven bubblegum that, ironically, has provided her with some of her biggest Billboard chart hits, including the RedOne-produced Reloaded single "Starships," which currently sits at #5 on the Hot 100, and her collaboration with David Guetta, "Turn Me On" (#10 this week after peaking at #4 earlier this year).

 

There are some overall positive notices out there. In a near rave, Global Grind calls Reloaded "a rollercoaster ride of musical insanity, mesmerizing rap bars [and] catchy pop tracks that you may not want to like, but end up singing anyway." Popdust awarded the set a three-and-a-half (out of four) star review, commenting that its "monstrous beats and [Nicki's] convincing delivery leave little room for rebuttal."

 

Giving it a B+, Newsday says, "The first half of Roman Reloaded is the Nicki we've come to love. The pride of Jamaica, Queens, is brash and in your face, messing with gender roles and delivering all sorts of zingers. In first-rate hip-hop like 'I Am Your Leader,' where she holds her own with Rick Ross and Cam'ron, and 'Champion,' where she takes on Nas and Young Jeezy, Minaj cements her rep as hip-hop's brightest new star." The news mag even goes so far as to say that Minaj "has her moments" on the pop side. That's just about the biggest compliment we would find regarding Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded's controversial second half.

 

Have you listened to Nicki's latest release? If so, rate the album in our poll and let us know your opinions in the comments below.






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Comment by Youngbloodx23 on April 4, 2012 at 7:35am
its better then pink friday but this s*** is still garbage ...didnt like one trak....female weezy yea ur takin his spot off b******* rap bur wita female
Comment by Kelvin Lewis Taylor on April 4, 2012 at 4:22am
I need one below weed plate ..very applicable in this case, sell-out, THANK GOD they cancelled MTV's TRL
Comment by C-FELLA on April 4, 2012 at 2:57am
YEA JUST LISTENED TO IT... HER 1ST MIXTAPE WAS HOTTER. SHOUTS OUT TO NICKI THO. NOWADAYS I LIKE HONEY COCAINE BETTER. FREE MUSIC BY C-FELLA!!!! RAPPERS CHECK IT OUT
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Comment by KusH$moka on April 4, 2012 at 2:47am
i feel like its worse than a weed plate
Comment by acha franklyn on April 4, 2012 at 2:34am
ther should be option like toilet cause the shat is wack
Comment by George on April 4, 2012 at 1:58am
there isnt one below "weed plate"
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Comment by NATE \m/ (-_-) \m/ on April 4, 2012 at 1:15am
again anyone who see this check out this song by (50cent Smile im leaving) word for word from beginnig to end he telling his side of the story dont mind the veiws too its what he says in the song that got me thinking if we let 50 die then hip-hop is dead do u want that but im not stand by and watch them destroy 50 and g-unit
Comment by Hayden Brian Hudson on April 4, 2012 at 1:07am
I'm surprised that so many people (critics and fans alike) didn't criticize Nicki for the same exact thing on her first record. That record sounded WAY more Pop than Rap. I'm also surprised that so many people are surprised at the amount of Pop on Nicki's 2nd LP. There was A LOT of Pop on her first LP and I expected Nicki would go straight Pop after achieving such a level of fame. I still do expect that she will completely split from Hip-Hop at some point. She's doing half-Pop albums already... With continued success, she will do what her particular fan base expects, and at this point I would venture to say that she's thinking, "If it isn't broke, don't fix it." She might get ripped by critics, but she has had nothing but success so far and as long as the hip-hop community (Minaj's "hip-pop" community, really...) continues to buy her records, She is going to continue to try to please everyone on each record. The problem is, when you try to please everyone, many people will be let down in such an effort. You know what though? Good for her. At least she's selling records in the iPod / mp3 generation, and that's noteworthy in and of itself. I wish she would stick to rapping though. That pop $hit sucks, in my opinion.
Comment by Ze' on April 4, 2012 at 12:06am
the fact that this s*** is a blog is enough to tell us she is something to talk about and is gonna be here for a long time. negative and positive energy is wasted here,...but its still energy she living off of.



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