Robin Murray of Clash called the album \"a bold attempt to embrace [Slowthai's] contradictions\" and \"held together by the brutal strength of slowthai's performances.\" Lisa Wright of DIY gave the album five stars and commented, \"Ugly is a beautiful thing to behold.\" Alexis Petridis of The Guardian gave the album five stars and named it the album of the week, calling it \"severe, noisy and occasionally pushing.\" Helen Brown of The Independent commented, \"On Ugly, he uses rock music as an alarm bell to jolt himself back to reality.\" Hayley Milross of The Line of Best Fit wrote that \"Ugly displays an artistic freedom regained, reconnecting with what drew him to music in the first place. It's a creative direction that will most likely not stick around, but that's what makes it that bit more authentic.\" Thomas Smith of NME opined that the album \"is a wars-and-all reckoning\" and Slowthai's \"most exhilarating project to date from front to back.\" Reviewing the album for AllMusic, Paul Simpson concluded that, \"Ugly is less of a major stylistic shift than it might seem, as slowthai harnesses his punkish energy in a way that seems natural and fitting. It's clearly a challenging, confrontational album, but it also feels like the artist's purest expression yet.\"
slowthai has announced details of his upcoming third album. UGLY, which stands for U Gotta Love Yourself, will be released on March 3. Lead single \"Selfish\" is streaming below. To mark the announcement of UGLY, slowthai spent the night alone in a room fitted with two-way mirrors and streamed his experience live.
The world was blessed with a new slowthai album last week. The breakout artist from Northampton, England exploded into the British rap scene with his debut album Nothing Great About Britain in 2019. Consistently praised for his ability to fuse the earliest influences of grime and post punk, slowthai has taken the latter genre to the next level in his latest record, and it is paying dividends artistically.
Liam says: BANGER ALERT!!! slowthai proper embraces his love for rock/punk music that he captured on his breakout hit 'Doorman' and it results in his best album to date. Some tracks embody the ramshackle indie sleaze of early Jamie T and The Libertines, whilst the Fontaines D.C. collab 'UGLY' adds nuance with it's a shoegaze leanings. Lyrically Frampton lays himself completely bare with the utmost sincerity, exploring his mental struggles and anxieties. There's also collab with shop faves Jockstrap, essential listening!!
UGLY is a new direction but not necessarily a permanent one. The message is change after all. Internalizing and reflecting; the whole process of making the record has been one of relearning not to care what people think and reclaiming the freedom that drew slowthai to music in the first place.
slowthai has announced his anticipated third full-length album, UGLY, is coming on March 10 via Method Records/Interscope (pre-order). The album title is an acronym for \"U Gotta Love Yourself,\" and UGLY sees slowthai embrace singing as well as rapping. He says:
Alongside the album announcement, slowthai shared single \"Selfish,\" a building banger that meshes indie, punk, and electronic influences. \"Selfish\" comes with a music video directed by THE REST and Uncanny. Check it out below.
The most cohesive amalgamation of his sound so far, what slowthai was leading up to was an uncompromising, style-fusing record of 12 tracks that twist and turn through all manner of post-punk, indie-rock, Britpop, hip hop and grime influences.
slowthai revealed details of the new music during a livestream set inside a room with floor-to-ceiling two-way mirrors, where he will spend an unknown number of hours alone. The stream can be viewed on YouTube and TikTok. 59ce067264