The Huffington Post has the story of the negative early reviews of Nicki Minaj’s latest album. “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” leaked Wednesday and was soon met with disappointment from critics and fans alike. Slant magazine gave it one and a half stars and called much of the album a “disaster.” A writer for Billboard wrote that it sounded “bloated” and “rushed.” Huff Po even has mixed reviews from Minaj fans on Twitter. One called the album “horrible.”

“Tacked on to this mediocre rap album is a ghastly and desperate bid for a hit single that sees Minaj and producer RedOne snatching items from a veritable sale rack of tired Top 40 tricks and tossing them hastily over the most basic synth and drum-machine presets,” wrote Matthew Cole.

‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’: Too much alter ego on Nicki Minaj’s new album

The concept for the album focuses on the return of Roman Zolanski, one of Minaj’s many alter egos that was first featured on her 2010 debut album, Pink Friday. However, some media outlets, like The Koalition and Billboard magazine, thought that Minaj spent too much time on the album trying to sound like other artists instead of creating a definitive sound for herself.

“Now that she has sold well over 2 million albums and 5 million singles, Nicki pretty much has a free pass to do whatever she likes, but as Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded proves; creative freedom isn’t always a good thing,” wrote Carl Daniel of The Koalition. ”’Starships’ is for Katy Perry fans, ‘Pound the Alarm’ is for the Taio Cruz crowd, ‘Whip It’ will appeal to those who still think Pitbull is cool and ‘Marilyn Monroe’ is a typical Rihanna ballad with Nicki Minaj starring as Rihanna.”

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