The BBC said that while the 22-year-old star had only been making music for three years, “Lil Nas X has upended hip-hop with his LGBT-positive lyrics while also pioneering new ways of promoting his music online.”
The Guardian gave the album five stars, describing it as a “blockbuster” that “hits an impressively eclectic sweet spot between hip-hop and pop, leaping confidently from trap beats and martial horns to grinding, distorted hard rock; from music that recalls early 00s R&B to stadium ballads.”
Rolling Stone said that Montero is “a subversive delight” while the Evening Standard wrote that, against the odds, Lil Nas and his album are “proving that he has a long bright career ahead.”
Lil Nas also released a music video for his new single That’s What I Want, which adds to his ongoing joyful exploration of same-sex love and sexuality.
“Need a boy who can cuddle with me all night | Keep me warm, love me long, be my sunlight,” he sings, yearning for true love.
Determined to turn heteronormative pop culture imagery on its head, the video sees Lil Nas having sex with a football player in the locker room, references to Brokeback Mountain, and the star wearing a white wedding dress.
Lil Nas broke new ground in the music world in June 2019 when he came out as gay, becoming the first artist to do so while topping the American charts (with Old Town Road).