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Travis Scott - Astroworld (2018) Published: August 3/18 Released: August 3/18 albumHip-Hop/Rap Hip-Hop/Rap17 Tracks • 58 Minutes
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    SELECTED LINE: His skill as a curator helps sculpt a sticky, humid, psychedelic world with dazzling production and odd pleasures at every turn. -Pitchfork
    Astroworld (stylized in all caps) is the third studio album by American rapper Travis Scott. It was released on August 3, 2018, by Cactus Jack Records, Epic Records and Grand Hus ... More
    Preview
    1. STARGAZING4:30
    2. CAROUSEL3:00
    3. SICKO MODE5:12
    4. R.I.P. SCREW3:05
    5. STOP TRYING TO BE GOD5:38
    6. NO BYSTANDERS3:38
    7. SKELETONS2:25
    8. WAKE UP3:51
    9. 5% TINT3:16
    10. NC-172:36
    11. ASTROTHUNDER2:22
    12. YOSEMITE2:30
    13. CAN'T SAY3:18
    14. WHO? WHAT!2:56
    15. BUTTERFLY EFFECT3:10
    16. HOUSTONFORNICATION3:37
    17. COFFEE BEAN3:29
℗ 2018 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Critic Reviews (45)

Sixteen tracks is a stretch, but there are a number of solid songs that forges its way into making this his most daring and replay worthy project yet.

70% a year ago

Pulse Nigeria Pulse Nigeria

Astroworld finds Scott making the best version one could ask of a Travis Scott album, there’s nothing here that supports Scott’s supposed importance.

a year ago


Once again I'm left with the question "What exactly is the point of Travis Scott?" Even if he was offensively bad it would at least spark a feeling of disgust, and if he was extremely racist or misogynistic it would generate outrage, but he's neither that disgusting nor that outrageous. There's nothing to really get mad at, but there's not much to get excited about either. Scott is just "aight." I ain't mad at "Astroworld" but I'm not doing backflips over it. It's good background music and that's about it.

65% a year ago

RapReviews.com RapReviews.com

Astroworld is Travis Scott’s musical assortment of amusement park rides, taking listeners on a topsy-turvy rocket ship that lands this album in rarefied air.

90% a year ago

TheCelebrityCafe.com TheCelebrityCafe.com

To decode the brilliance of Astroworld in a greater world of seemingly similar pop-hop records requires an ear for subtlety.

80% a year ago

Drowned In Sound Drowned In Sound

A lot of contemporary hip-hop is like one of those dreams in which you wade through treacle, but the 26-year-old Travis Scott has the imagination to take this introverted, slowed-down style and infuse it with a surrealist edge.

80% a year ago

The Times of London The Times of London (TOP)

It is great escapism, the bar in terms of sound and songwriting for what a trapbeat can sound like, with a protagonist in the center who has managed his own musical world with healthy megalomania. His roundest, best release so far. "Astroworld" is Travis Scott's Jupiter. I do not want to go back.

a year ago

lautde lautde

I can tell that this album will be in my rotation for the next few months, and I'm guessing that's the consensus from the general population of rap fans.

a year ago

Odyssey Odyssey

On a record speckled with A-list vocal talents, it’s perhaps surprising that the production often shines above the lyrics.

a year ago

The National (AE) The National (AE) (TOP)

With all the mystique surrounding Scott as a producer and a rock star among rappers, there is a lack of depth in his music and while he can get away with it several times across the album, at 17 tracks listeners begin to see the facades of Scott crack.

68% a year ago

The Weekly Spoon The Weekly Spoon

For all of Scott’s talent as a producer and his ability to live out a punk rock fantasy in concert, there is no real depth to his music and, while he can get away with it several times across an album, the facade eventually begins to crack.

a year ago


By emphasizing his vocal performances and finding the best middle ground he ever has with his bevy of superstar collaborators, he’s made Astroworld a theme park worth revisiting whether you came in as a stan or a skeptic.

80% a year ago

The Line of Best Fit The Line of Best Fit

Astroworld is no rodeo or birds in the trap singing McKnight, but it’s a beautiful creation of sonically striking sounds.

a year ago

The Quietus The Quietus

Even if Astroworld isn’t the year’s best rap album, then it certainly feels, looks like, and seems like it is.

75% a year ago

Sputnikmusic Sputnikmusic

Though Astroworld finds Scott showing only incremental progress as a rapper who can command attention, it benefits from his role as a vessel for the star power of those around him.

a year ago


Travis Scott continues pushing the psychedelic boundaries of trap on Astroworld, but doesn't quite stick the landing.

70% a year ago

theneedledrop theneedledrop

While Astroworld has some slight flaws, the project is Travis' best, most-progressive and most-well-rounded album to date. Hip-hop’s token rager is becoming a truly unstoppable force.

80% a year ago


Over Astroworld’s 17 songs—which is a few too many—strange sounds and images fly at you from every angle, and some of them you remember ... (forced metaphor incoming) sort of like a real theme park!

a year ago

The Ringer The Ringer

He is no less self-indulgent - or self-serious - but after the split reception to Birds, there seems to be a chip on his shoulder, a conscious effort to prove his worth and earn his place amongst rap’s elite.

85% a year ago


Unfortunately, Scott doesn’t keep the envelope pushing up for the whole album: a seven-song stretch in the back end is vintage Travis with its zoned-out, hypnotic throb. However, the rest marks the most interesting music of his career, Scott no longer just looking the part of a brilliant artist, but sounding like it too.

70% a year ago


The worry that records like Astroworld — where prescription medications are thruways to fun times, not doorways to perception — are irresponsibly contributing to a damaging culture of addiction whose pitfalls are palpable and often fatal is hard to shake.

a year ago

Vulture Vulture

The first thing you’ll want to do after finishing it is jump to the front of the line and experience it all over again.

a year ago

Vinyl Me Please Vinyl Me Please

Astroworld shows the evolution of Travis Scott as an artist and is his most refined, imaginative, and rage-worthy project yet.

90% a year ago

Exclaim Exclaim

As an overall product, it’s a brilliant tapestry of subtle elements that position the 26-year-old virtuoso as the closest thing his generation has to Kanye West-level album curation.

84% a year ago


His skill as a curator helps sculpt a sticky, humid, psychedelic world with dazzling production and odd pleasures at every turn.

78% a year ago


“Astroworld” is a late-summer funhouse trip par excellence, and there are at least half a dozen cuts here that will surely still be heard booming from clubs, college parties and Melrose boutiques well into the fall and winter.

a year ago


Overall, the album is a great success as a declaration of love to Houston.

a year ago

splash! Mag (DE) splash! Mag (DE)

With this release, Travis Scott has proved that he’s still one of the top producers in hip-hop as well as one of the most creative ones as well.

100% a year ago

Respect My Region Respect My Region

I was quite pleased with the note on which Astroworld ended. Nevertheless, it is what lies in the heart of this heavily anticipated LP that holds it back from true greatness. Rather than maintain thematic consistency throughout, Scott opts for his production to do the talking for him.

69% a year ago

THEFRESHCOMMITTEE THEFRESHCOMMITTEE

On Astroworld, he begins to reveal the inner workings of his thought process, just as he begins to refine it into the best version of itself.

a year ago

UPROXX UPROXX

Scott owns an energy that is so ambitious and forward-gazing that Astroworld feels as though it’s from the future, rather than the present. As “Carousel” notes, Travis Scott is a new species of artist altogether.

100% a year ago

The Independent (UK) The Independent (UK) (TOP)

The music might take your breath away, if the worst of the lyrics don’t make you roll your eyes.

75% a year ago

Consequence of Sound Consequence of Sound

Astroworld maximizes Scott’s strengths in ways that, for once, don’t feel like his ambitions are out-sizing him.

75% a year ago

Entertainment Weekly Entertainment Weekly (TOP)

The texts on "ASTROWORLD" mainly deal with drugs, money and sex. But he knows how to compensate for this by excellent melodies and vocals. He also has a talent for bringing artists to songs and highlighting their strengths.

a year ago

SRF (CH) SRF (CH)

The 17-track amusement park themed experience exudes a creepy, disturbing, haunted feel that mirrors that of American Horror Story meets rap.

a year ago

POPDUST POPDUST

There were huge expectations for this album and did Scott deliver? Yes. Yes he did.

a year ago

Culture Kings Culture Kings

Travis Scott desperately needed a great album to justify the hype, and with Astroworld, he just might have a classic.

90% a year ago

Highsnobiety Highsnobiety

It’s one of the best of the year and I think offers a mix of light and dark that will appeal to most modern rap fans.

a year ago

Channel24 (South Africa) Channel24 (South Africa)

Whatever state you leave Astroworld in, like the greatest of getaways, it will be ready to thrill again.

85% a year ago

The 405 The 405

Of late, Scott has carved his own way, one that displays his very Ye-like ability to direct the moving parts that are his musical peers into making colossal-feeling music to lose yourself in. His third studio album, ASTROWORLD, is arguably his best stab at that yet.

a year ago

NOISEY NOISEY

It's a safe number one that will keep Travis Scott heading for the Coachella headliner level. But the album is not an instant classic.

50% a year ago

Musikexpress Musikexpress

Travis delivered. The hype was high, and the wait was long, but Travis undoubtedly did not disappoint with ASTROWORLD.

a year ago

setlist.fm setlist.fm

Listening to Astroworld is like witnessing a born star find his way. This is him ready to ride his own wave, unafraid to take it where it’s going. The former site of that beloved theme park may be a massive empty lot now, but Scott has built his own audio version that transcends what perhaps even he thought possible.

a year ago


Astroworld is open for business. I can’t wait to visit again.

a year ago

DJ Booth DJ Booth

The rapper has produced a lush, complex, extraordinarily accomplished album that invites us mere mortals to peer in at his life behind the velvet rope.

100% a year ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)
User Reviews (5)
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