Crowns Down

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Crowns Down
Studio album by Themselves
Released October 20, 2009 (2009-10-20)
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length 40:28
Label Anticon
Producer Jel, Doseone
Themselves chronology
The Free Houdini
(2009)
Crowns Down
(2009)
Crowns Down & Company (2010)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 72/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
BBC Music favorable[3]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[4]
Exclaim! favorable[5]
Pitchfork 6.7/10[6]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[7]
The Skinny 4/5 stars[8]
Spectrum Culture 3.5/5[9]
Tiny Mix Tapes 3.5/5 stars[10]
XLR8R 8/10[11]

Crowns Down (stylized as CrownsDown) is the third studio album by American hip hop duo Themselves. It was released on Anticon in 2009.

Reception[edit]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 72% based on 7 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1]

Brian Howe of Pitchfork gave the album a 6.7 out of 10 and described it as "a back-to-basics album from a group who probably needs one, having ventured so far afield."[6] Thomas Quinlan of Exclaim! said, "Themselves may not have snatched the crown but they've certainly thrown down the gauntlet with CrownsDown, their confident and comfortable return to the royal rap court."[5]

BBC Music named it one of the best albums of 2009.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Back II Burn" (co-written with Pedestrian) 4:06
2. "Oversleeping" 3:15
3. "The Mark" (featuring D-Styles) 4:54
4. "Gangster of Disbelief" 3:50
5. "Daxstrong" (featuring Jordan Dalrymple and Markus Acher) 3:37
6. "You Ain't It" (featuring Dax Pierson) 3:48
7. "Roman Is As Roman Does" 4:00
8. "Skinning the Drum" 3:34
9. "Deadcatclear II" 5:30
10. "Gold Teeth Will Roll" 4:00

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Crownsdown - Themselves". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ Anderson, Rick. "Themselves - Crownsdown". AllMusic. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ Kennedy, Adam (2009). "Themselves - CrownsDown - Review". BBC Music. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ Tudor, Alexander (October 22, 2009). "themselves - CrownsDown". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Quinlan, Thomas (December 2009). "Themselves - CrownsDown". Exclaim!. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Howe, Brian (October 20, 2009). "Themselves: CrownsDown". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Album - Themselves: CrownsDown". Robert Christgau. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  8. ^ Maloney, Ali (October 29, 2009). "Themselves - CrownsDown". The Skinny. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ Hanover, Nick (November 19, 2009). "Themselves: Crownsdown". Spectrum Culture. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ Rovinelli, Jeffrey Dunn (October 29, 2009). "Themselves - CrownsDown". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  11. ^ Fallon, Patric (October 20, 2009). "CrownsDown". XLR8R. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  12. ^ Diver, Mike (January 6, 2010). "BBC Music's Best Albums of 2009". BBC Music. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 

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