Rolling Stone

Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers



Kendrick’s fifth studio album and his first in the five years since DAMN., the enormously anticipate­d Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers sports a mock-heroic title that sounds like a hit Broadway musical. Fittingly, there’s more than enough drama on this 18-track, 73-minute opus of self-discovery and interrogat­ion. He pulls no punches, addressing a trans family member’s perseveran­ce — despite rampant homophobia — on the majestic “Auntie Diaries,” which is one of his most personal and heartfelt songs. And “We Cry Together” is a brutally honest and sometimes humorous examinatio­n of his own latent misogyny.

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