When an album as highly anticipated (and heavy) as Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly drops, the immediate reaction for many fans is to read as much about the record as they can. This means a lot of time spent with music critics from various publications who are all trying to do the hard work of breaking down an album as quickly as possible. Ebony, Noisey, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Complex, of course—there's no shortage of reading material for the hungry listener trying to learn something new about To Pimp a Butterfly. That's the micro view, though—evaluating all of the reviews now, what emerges from a macro perspective? No one is in a hurry to say anything too harsh, that's for damn sure.
We've gone over all the reviews. Check out the major takeaways in the video above.