Thorns (Beans album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 25, 2008 (2008-03-25) [1]
Genre Hip hop
Label Adored and Exploited
Producer Beans, Dabrye
Beans chronology
Shock City Maverick
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Professional ratings
Review scores
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Pitchfork 7.5/10 [3]
Spin favorable [4]

Thorns is a 2008 studio album by American rapper Beans, released on Adored and Exploited. It includes contributions from Dabrye and Holy Fuck. [1]


Critical reception

Steve Glencross of The List gave the album 4 stars out of 5 and described it as "a hard-hitting and personal work." [2] Roque Strew of Pitchfork gave the album a 7.5 out of 10, saying, "Thorns proves that Beans can smoothly career between maximalism and minimalism when he's in his element, building on the sci-fi slam poetry heritage he created with High Priest, M. Sayyid, and Earl Blaize." [3]

Track listing

2."Fearless Leader"2:21
3."Best of the Losers"1:51
5."No Thrills"4:50
6."We Rock"2:13
7."Sudden Death Academics"3:45
8."Beauty of a Beast on a Beat"3:26
9."Razor Boss"3:33
11."In Effect"2:54
12."Return of the Gold Skull"2:28

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