Personal Journals

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Personal Journals
Personal Journals Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by Sage Francis
Released April 16, 2002
Recorded 2001
Genre Hip hop
Length 59:01
Label Anticon
Producer Sixtoo, DJ Mayonnaise, Jel, Scott Matelic, Reanimator, Alias, Odd Nosdam, Controller 7, Mr. Dibbs, Joe Beats
Sage Francis chronology
Personal Journals
A Healthy Distrust
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (8.7/10)[2]
RapReviews (9.5/10)[3]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[4]
Stylus Magazine (A−)[5]

Personal Journals is the first official album by American hip hop artist Sage Francis. It was released on April 16, 2002. It was Sage Francis' first album released on Anticon, following the self-released Sick Of series of albums. Recording sessions took place in 2001. Production was handled by various producers, including Sixtoo, Jel and DJ Mayonnaise. Upon its release, Personal Journals received good reviews from critics, including a 9.5 rating on The single "Climb Trees" was released on April 9, 2002.


Personal Journals has received generally favorable reviews from critics. Allmusic gave the album four out of five stars.[1] Pitchfork Media gave it an 8.7 out of 10 rating.[2] RapReviews gave the album a 9.5 out of 10.[3] Robert Christgau gave it a "*" which means an honorable mention.[4] Finally Stylus Magazine gave the album an A- rating.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Crack Pipes" Sixtoo 2:25
2. "Different" Sixtoo 3:20
3. "Personal Journalist" (featuring DJ Mek on scratches) DJ Mayonnaise 2:53
4. "Inherited Scars" DJ Mayonnaise 4:35
5. "Climb Trees" Jel 3:57
6. "Broken Wings" Scott Matelic 3:59
7. "The Strange Famous Mullet Remover" (featuring DJ Signify and Mike 2600 on scratches) Reanimator 2:39
8. "Smoke and Mirrors" (featuring DJ Signify on scratches) Jel 3:13
9. "Message Sent" Alias 4:24
10. "Eviction Notice" Odd Nosdam 3:31
11. "Pitchers of Silence" Sixtoo 2:46
12. "Specialist" Controller 7 4:13
13. "Hopeless"   1:12
14. "Kill Ya' Momz" Mr. Dibbs 1:59
15. "Black Sweatshirt" (featuring Grey Matter on scratches) Sixtoo 2:08
16. "Cup of Tea" Sixtoo 2:14
17. "My Name Is Strange" (featuring Jay Peters on guitar, Matt Zimmerman on upright bass, Tara on keys, Matt Coolige on flute, Scott Begin on drums, and Shalem B on turntables)   3:21
18. "Runaways" Joe Beats 6:07


  1. ^ a b Swihart, Stanton. "Personal Journals - Sage Francis". Allmusic. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Dahlen, Chris (April 30, 2002). "Sage Francis: Personal Journals". Pitchfork Media. 
  3. ^ a b Knoxx, A. (November 26, 2002). "Sage Francis :: Personal Journals :: Anticon". Rap Reviews. 
  4. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Sage Francis". Robert Christgau. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Jarvis, Clay (September 1, 2003). "Sage Francis - Personal Journals". Stylus Magazine. 

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