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KIWANUKA

Michael Kiwanuka

2019

KIWANUKA

Album Summary

Kiwanuka is the third studio album by English singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka. It was released on 1 November 2019 through Polydor and Interscope Records. The album won the 2020 Mercury Prize, and was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 63rd Grammy Awards.

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Rating

3.78

Votes

4910

Genres

  • Soul
  • Folk
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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

Wow! How refreshing to listen to something that lacks a clear definition of genre while being impressively unpredictable. The sound ranges from 60s rock, to ambience, to blues and jazz, sounding classic and contemporary at the same time. Massive respect to him.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

NEW BLOOD! Let's start here: I truly believe it's a great idea that new albums are added to this list every few years. Hell, I'm up for anything that will remove some of the far-too-many Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen albums that populate the list. My concern is that the additions are only chosen among recent releases. They never go back and reassess some previously released albums that missed the cut originally; albums that have held up or been given a second life in later years. And yes, I'm still beating the drum for getting the Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack, and a Bob Seger or Jackson Browne album on this list. The other concern about adding only the recent albums could fall under the "Can't see the forest from the trees" argument. The most glaring example of this is Taylor Swift's "Evermore" being included over "Folklore" with these new additions. It's not a stretch to say that Folklore is widely considered the better of the two Swift albums released in 2020. In fact, Evermore was almost an afterthought. It's a great album, but it almost feels like a bonus album of songs that missed the cut from being included on Folklore. I mean, Folklore won the Album of the Year Grammy for crying out loud, a distinction which along deserves at least consideration on this list. Which brings us to the album in question by Michael Kiwanuka, an artist I hate to admit I knew nothing about until today. And Good Lord is this a great fucking album. It's a well deserved new entry on the list. But I'm already hearing things like, "Yes, it's remarkable, but the album he did before it called 'Love & Hate' is the true masterpiece." And true to form, Spotify played me Kiwanuka's most popular track when this album ended ("Cold Little Heart", which gained notoriety for being the theme song of that HBO series "Big Little Lies" that was only worth watching for Laura Dern embracing her batshit crazy side). I hear a lot of Stevie Wonder here, along with some Bill Withers and Leon Bridges. Unfortunately, there's just a little too much Danger Mouse. Kiwanuka doesn't need that kind of karma. I'll be spending more time in Michael Kiwanuka's world. Not even Danger Mouse can keep me away.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

This album was totally out of left field for me, but wow what a good surprise. This is a contender for my favorite album on my list so far. It is an absolute masterpiece

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Sat Jan 08 2022
5

What a surprising musical journey. Beautiful vocals and grandiose music pieces.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

A beautifully passionate indie rock album, with gorgeous instrumentation and captivating lyrics. I love the guitar tones, driving basslines, and how Michael Kiwanuka manages to breathe life into topics with like perseverance, love, and social injustice. BEST TRACKS: You Ain't The Problem, Rolling, Hero, Hard To Say Goodbye WORST TRACKS: N/A

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

I thought his was tremendous. A very distinct voice, but stylistically hard to pin down. Soulfully performed and deeply personal, and just very good

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Sat Jan 29 2022
4

"KIWANUKA" said the snake as it slithered down the slide. "KIWANUKA" read the speaker as she looked away and sighed. "KIWANUKA" screamed the boys as they marched along with pride. "KIWANUKA, KIWANUKA, KIWANUKA" "KIWANUKA" caught the eye of the runaway bride. "KIWANUKA" in the mind of the tragic suicide. "KIWANUKA" grips the jury as the witness spills their lies. "KIWANUKA, KIWANUKA,KIWANUKA" "KIWANUKA, KIWANUKA, KIWANUKA " "KIWANUKA" says the congregation listening to the Pope. "KIWANUKA" fills the priest as he unbuttons his robe. "KIWANUKA" fears the choir boy ready for his probe. "KIWANUKA, KIWANUKA, KIWANUKA " (Whispering) "KIWANUKA, KIWANUKA, KIWANUKA" "KIWANUKA" cries the girl as she buckles to her knees. "KIWANUKA" from the rapist as he calls her a tease. "KIWANUKA" oh the horror, as he watches her bleed. "KIWANUKA, KIWANUKA, KIWANUKA "

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Mon Nov 01 2021
2

Has all the Inflo hallmarks except the one where even the peaks have been smoothed out. I noticed few specifics but enough generalities to know a) it's not a hook-fest even though it's plenty varied, and b) it's not wallpaper music even though it's plenty soothing. That's interesting enough for me to hedge a 2.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
5

Мед и шоколадное молоко

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Sun Oct 31 2021
5

Accomplished brilliance.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

One of my favorite albums of 2020 – Kiwanuka's voice and guitar work are unique but comforting. Modern blues for the soul.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Pleased to see this as album number 1, one I've enjoyed a lot but not listened to in ages.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Gorgeous orchestration with space for powerful vocals and interesting production accents

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

never heard of this album glad to have found it. generally chill beats with some drive

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Sat Nov 20 2021
5

VERY pleasantly surprised by this album, wow! I thoroughly enjoyed this entire album, and have never heard of this artist, nor was it a genre I expected to enjoy this much.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

Amazing synths and lyrics

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

68 KIWANUKA -Michael Kiwanuka 14 tracks Wow!Face with open mouth I will excuse his lazyness in album name choice because this is good, VERY good. I will listen to this again, (& again & again), but I will also listen to his other stuff. Amazing voice, strings, variation, proper album Thumbs up 5/5

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

Upbeat, epic, dramatic. Both modern and retro. Is thus the Big Little Lies intro song guy? Each one of these songs seemed well though out and composed, had a beginning middle and end. I’m impressed. Not a bad song, so I guess it’s a 5.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

Top

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Tue Dec 21 2021
5

Beautiful album

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Thu Dec 30 2021
5

This album is a gem! Hero and You Ain't the problem are so damn good. could listen to this one all day.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
5

So dope.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

Thought that this was interesting a nd a great listen all the way through. Will definitely be going back.

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Sat Jan 08 2022
5

Veel afwisseling in sfeer tussen de nummers. Kalmerende instrumentale stukjes, mooi gezongen. Heel goed album!

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Sun Jan 09 2022
5

gorgeoussss timeless lovely

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Masterpiece

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Sat Jan 22 2022
5

He is so thoughtful, and continues to get better. Voice smooth as butter. A soft exterior with a razor sharp edge, sucks you in and then hits you with some truth.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

Don’t hesitate Time heals the pain You ain’t the problem

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

Absolutely loved. Soulful, reminded me a bit of Leon Bridges for the vibe

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

A terrific album, worthy of winning the Mercury Prize. I really enjoyed the variety of styles represented on the CD.

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

Well, well, well, this was a pleasant surprise. I had been aware of Michael Kiwanuka but I was expecting this to be a soppy great wet lettuce of an album. I had assumed he peddled watered-down mainstream "soul" which would be none of my business. How wrong I was. Google tells me it is Danger Mouse produced which explains the epic panoramic production. There's more than a bit of Bill Withers buried in the album's DNA but it is still very much its own thing. It's modern soul on a grand scale and I will shortly be purchasing a copy, this one is a keeper. Well done 1,001 Albums Generator, a big thumbs up for you.

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

Was not expecting this. No idea what I was Expecting but I was expecting it to be a bit shit. This is not shit, this is antishit. He'd do a very good bond theme tune.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
5

Fantastically Beautiful

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Sat Feb 05 2022
5

This is a very interesting album. In many ways it feels very retro - like parts of this came straight out of the 70s. But those parts are fused with some very modern influences. I found it quite remarkable. The introspective lyrics give you a lot to think about. The album is lush, at times exotic. It feels very personal. I loved listening to it in solitude - a private escape. I was going to list some of the highlights for me, but this really was an experience that works so well as an album I don’t think I want to call out any specific tracks. What an amazing journey!

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Sat Feb 05 2022
5

What an absolute treat. Fantastic. FANTASTIC!

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Sat Feb 05 2022
5

I didn't know what to expect here, but it was splendid! There was a sublime flow to the tracks and almost every track just grabbed me and pulled me in...some kind of funky, some kind of jazzy, some nice slow jam. It kept me interested in hearing what would come next.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
5

I loved this album that was both so enjoyable and so meaningful to listen to.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

wow! a new refreshing sound!

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

De los mejores descubrimientos.. en años!

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

What a pleasant surprise, I have read about him but never listened to an album before. Today I listened to this album three times. And shared it with a bunch of people as well.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

This is album is so sooo beautiful! The combination of soul and avant-garde is downright heavenly!

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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

Well done sir

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Wed Mar 02 2022
5

Reminds me of Leon bridges

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

A comprehensive, intriguing, soulful, masterpiece? I don't know a masterpiece when I hear it but this might be one. It gave me a feeling of awe as I listened, like I was consuming something far bigger than myself. That is thanks in part to the power of his voice and the elegant use of the instruments and backing vocals. Everything feels big and bold. A really wonderful album; give me more Kiwanuka!

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

Bon j'ai liké plus de la moitié des titres ça part sur un 5.

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

I am shooketh

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Fri Mar 25 2022
5

I really enjoyed this album and artist! I will be listening to him again.

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Sat Apr 02 2022
5

Brilliant

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Thu Apr 07 2022
5

Liked the album, very groovy rhythms and vocals

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

Never heard of this guy, but absolutely loved the sound and album.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
5

This is my favorite in a while! Wow this was so good. I loved how intoxicating the music and guitar parts were. So beautiful and tragically underrated.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

This was completely unexpected and utterly delightful. Michael Kiwanuka seems like the British answer to contemporary American artists like Gary Clark Jr. and Leon Bridges and I'm not mad at that. The musicianship is top-notch, the songwriting is excellent, and the production quality is fantastic. I have nothing negative to say. Everything about this album was enjoyable.

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Thu May 05 2022
5

Really enjoyed it, maybe just in a generous mood today, but it was quite good.

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Sat May 14 2022
5

That was a fantastic album.

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Sun May 15 2022
5

Welcome to Black Floyd, the group formed following the dismissal of founding member Syd Barrett, and replaced by Michael Kiwanuka. Oh, and that other guy, David something or other, starts with a G, I think. Everything I love about 60-70s Pink Floyd is offered on 'Kiwanuka': heavily (and I do mean heavily) distorted acid rock guitar riffs (complete with wah wah), jazzy relaxed drums and bass, luscious synth aural baths. Several of the songs also featured some simply inspired orchestral arrangements, even adding a pinch of that same middle eastern string sound the Beatles so often used during the Sgt Peppers and Magical Mystery Tour period. This was an album carefully crafted with the intention of being played in its entirety. Individually, the songs themselves take their time developing, giving the feel of taking a stroll with the band, meandering musically. Indeed, several of these songs could have continued to play on. I was disappointed when they began to fade. And I honestly found myself proclaiming the next song better than the one before it, until arriving at the end and wondering how it could possibly get any better… and then it did. ‘Light’ is just incredible, in every conceivable way. And holding it all together, Michael Kiwanuka’s confident, and natural vocals, never forced, with a splash of African/Jamaican dialect? They ring true and clear, as do the thoughtful lyrics- lots of loneliness and longing, the struggle to retain one’s pride, and yet not asking for pity, only love. ‘Ive Been Dazed’ surprisingly turned into a gospel number, with the Lord saying ‘Time is a healer.’ The same lyric, incidentally, Kiwanuka had already used in the first song, ‘You Ain’t the Problem.’ And that hope seems to elevate the entire sound of the LP. 'Kiwanuka' certainly hovers above the common ground a few feet. I enjoyed 'Kiwanuka' thoroughly, will listen to it again. Released only in 2019, this bodes well for the future of good rock and soul music.

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Tue May 17 2022
5

Amazing

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Tue Jun 07 2022
5

Slaps

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Fri Jun 10 2022
5

This is one of the most enjoyable new albums that I've heard in a while. I guess if I had to categorize it, I'd call it psychedelic soul. You can definitely hear influences of Pink Floyd alongside Marvin Gaye and the Beatles here. Kiwanika's voice is beautiful on this album and the songwriting is strong as well as the production. This album has been on repeat for a few days now and I can't wait to check out the rest of his discography.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
5

Kiwanuka é incrível. Esse álbum rivaliza com Love & Hate sobre qual é a melhor obra desse monstro contemporâneo.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
5

I'd never heard of Michael Kiwanuka before and so I had zero expectations or preconceived notions... Wow - this is great. Expansive yet accessible; harkens back to a lot of 70s music with its melodies and chord structure, but all in/with a modern sound. Multi-instruments, great vocals, varied rhythms and tempos - this is a treat. I figured this would take a few listens to fully settle in and I'm 3 times through already (got this on a weekend) - even after one pass I was really intrigued/impressed and will be keeping this in the library...hell, I'm enjoying this so much I can't say anything remotely negative about it - it's not even too long in the age of wayyyy too long albums. I guess I just talked this one into a 5. Love it. 9/10 5 stars.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
5

Intense, rich voice

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

nice

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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

Well that was lovely. Soulful, intricate and elegant.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

Love

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Sat Jul 16 2022
5

Best Song: You Ain't The Problem. Incredible mix of retro-sounding soul and modern mixing elements. Immediately loved it. Close second to "I've Been Dazed". Worst Song: None. Overall: This one really surprised me. I knew nothing about it going it, and it completely blew me away. It was soulful yet modern, with beautiful lead vocals and what feels like a perfect mix built around those vocals. One of my favourite personal discoveries from the list thus far.

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Sat Jul 16 2022
5

Never would have shown up in my music wheel house, but I am so glad it did. Immediately favorited it and downloaded it for later.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
5

So good, so replayable. New album when? Best track: Hero

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

This one really took me by surprised. My experience with the newest albums on this list has been pretty negative so far. The album cover also didn't look too promising to me and I didn't like the beginning of the first track too much either... but the sheer quality of this record pushed those preconceptions and first impressions straight out the window. This is a wonderful album full of feeling and delicate beauty. After the first spin, I had to give it a second spin free from negative preconceptions and loved it. Now I'm listening to his 2016 record and loving that one too.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

I know Michael Kiwanuka as the guy who performs the Big Little Lies theme (my favorite show), so I’m totally psyched to hear this album. The production of this album created such a rich and full sound. There’s a clear mix of influences — gospel, rock, electronic music. Beyond all of these specifics, this is a beautiful album that explores love, violence, intolerance, and other themes becoming increasingly salient in the modern Western world. No two songs sound alike. Kiwanuka’s voice is stunningly mournful, pensive, thoughtful, and strong. The themes of this record could probably be construed as political, but I think that would be a serious reduction of the main messages here. Kiwanuka points to the violent intolerance that goes on today, calling for a love-oriented rearticulating of our social order. Not at all political but simple truths. This album is the sound of the times. I’m glad to have heard it, and I will definitely listen again, recommend to others, and keep up with what Michael Kiwanuka is doing today!

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

Beautiful music

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Sat Aug 06 2022
5

Michael K is the best

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

4.5 stars, beautiful albums. Upbeat stuff has Beck vibes, slower stuff Hozier or Sam Smith. Pleasant listen all the way through but standouts are "You Ain't the Problem", "Rolling", "Light"

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

Definitivt en femma

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

Kind of an odd contemporary from across the pond to "Awaken, My Love" in a way. I enjoyed every moment of this.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

When you hear the first minute of the first song you know this is going to be different. The horns and the raucous background chatter & choir – the mix of progressive soul, thoughtful, heartfelt lyrics and a sophisticated modern, yet retro sound. The production & arrangements we owe to Danger Mouse and Inflo, who I notice, this time round, share the song writing credits as well. I like the way that one song mixes into the next, giving the sense that this is an album verse a collection of songs. I’ve liked MK’s earlier material and this LP was missing the obvious hits, but overall, it’s a more solid beginning-to-end effort with a greater variety of sounds and textures. I thank MC for bringing it to my attention back in 2020.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

1st track is a banger, excellent album

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

Its incredible and a great example of why I'm doing this, never heard of him and I'm on my second playthrough of this album already easy 5

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

8/6 lounged

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

This was great! Would listen again.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Loved it

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Joyful modern soul with a great voice and a socially meaningful inspiration. Something I would never seek out, but glad it came my way

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

You Ain't The Problem- 10/10 Rolling- 10/10 I've Been Dazed- 10/10 Piano Joint (Intro)- 8/10 Piano Joint- 9/10 Another Human Being- 8/10 Living In Denial- 9/10 Hero (Intro)- 9/10 Hero- 9/10 Hard To Say Goodbye- 9/10 Final Days- 10/10 Loving The People- 10/10 Solid Ground- 10/10 Light- 9/10 KIWANUKA- 9/10

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

It's like Zero 7, the Gorillaz, and Pink Floyd had a baby.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

I am here for everything Michael Kiwanuka does. The way he uses percussion to build energy, his haunting voice, it's all gold.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

phenomenal. soul so thick you could eat it with a spoon

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

First song and I’m already loving this. What a great album! I got Black Pumas vibes and just overall really loved everything that was done here. Surprised he hadn’t come up before in my listening.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

Pretty good and funky

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

Beautiful jazzy, melodic, heartfelt album; The melodies make you endulge in nostalgic and memorable feelings, jazzy, cinematic, grande You aint the problem, Piano Joint Combo, Hero, Solid Ground

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

Modern classic. Beautifully written, played, sung, produced and sequenced. Some obvious classic influences - Marvin Gaye and Hendrix - but carried lightly

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

A stone cold masterpiece. Sounds timeless yet relevant.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

That was terrific. Thanks to Alex for creating a tool that brings unexpected music to my computer each day!

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

That was glorious. I had never heard of the artist or the album and I’ve listened through it five times already in two days. Clearly I’ve got a Jones for recent Brit soul. More specifically, the pathos evoked from Kiwanuka’s guitar evokes an emo-tinged Hendrix. I loved it.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

First song is awesome! I loved this album best one I have listened to since joining

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

wow, i really loved this album so much. i tried to look up if he's touring and he's not. maybe one of my new favorite albums.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

Good

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

Very good and surprising

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

A Classic

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

Piano GOOD

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

Great album, message and vibes

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

richtig richtig geil

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

Soulful, catchy, and moving.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

Was hier zu Anfang so schmissig Senor Rossi übers Parkett jagt, entwickelt sich zum wahnsinnig schönen und vielfältig-ausgewogenen Kunstwerk. Nicht erst mit dem zweigeteilten Mittelstück „Piano Joint“, wo James Blake nahtlos an Zero7 übergibt, erreicht Michael Kiwanuka seine Meisterweihe - aber ab dann erst recht. Seine warme und unaufdringlich markante Stimme lässt erahnen, was aus Coldplay hätte werden können („I‘ve been dazed“), wo Khruangbin das Tuning gut täte („Rolling“ & „Hero“), The Go!Team ihre Bratzigkeit sparsamer eigesetzt haben könnten („You Ain‘t the Problem“) und er so schmachtend perfekt Jonathan Jeremiah‘s Brother of Different Father wäre („Living in Denial“). Lovely 4.4

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

Wow, this was really great. Recent album, but sounded more like late 60's psychedelia. Very good discovery. 4 stars.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Paul Simon meets Soul/Pop. Enjoyable listen but lost my attention towards the end. Suriprised by how much of the album I recognised from the radio

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

60s vibe. Very chill, relaxing.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Melodic songs in a softer style. Reminded me of 70s pop in places.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

A very pleasant surprise. Funky, soulful, and Radiohead-esque.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

I wouldn't have found this album on my own and I had never heard of the artist (apparently he's more popular in the UK) but it was quite good - a modern album with elements of retro soul. 4/5 stars as I felt that the album became a bit slow and ambient.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Never heard kiwanuka, awesome!

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Solid ground is a classic. The rest of the album is wonderful warm and soulful

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Bangin

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Soulful, groovy, funky. Soundtrack to a 70s dinner party.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

Muy buen disco. Solo tengo mis dudas que este disco haya entrado en la última edición, creo que solo hay edición 2018 del libro. Y además, por más bueno que sea, debería dejarse madurando, muchos de los otros discos están en el listado por lo que han impactado a lo largo del tiempo, un disco del 2019 creo que aún no ha logrado ese impacto, sin demeritar su calidad claro

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Very solid music. Since this is recent I am giving 4 stars to maybe boost his scores so we hear more from him in the future

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Lo trovo intrigante. È un mix interessante di generi che si sposano benissimo fra loro. Servono più ascolti per apprezzare davvero. Kiwanuka ha una voce sensuale ed espressiva.

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Sat Nov 27 2021
4

Sehr gut auch wenn eigentlich nicht mein Ding

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Sat Nov 27 2021
4

Very interesting - light guitar and piano, plus soulful singing, plus orchestral hits and some noise. My kind of soul.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Amazing album, with special notes in a new time.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

Better than I anticipated

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

Yowza!! Zoiks!!

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Soulful, tuneful…. Great album!

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

Awesome album wish I heard it sooner

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

I enjoyed the album, thought it was refreshing, atmospheric, classy and contemporary. Great songs, voice and quality production. While I'm encouraged by more recent additions to the 1001 list, I do wonder if they can stand the test of time? I'd like to come back to this album in a few years time to see if it has the same impact.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

Lovely lovely lovely

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

So one tracks like 'Hero' and 'Rolling' have menacing taut groove and some interesting instrumental sounds. In fact, the whole album has a late sixties prog/psychedelic rock feel, with some lysergic sounds and a spacey use of reverb on tracks like 'Piano Joint' and 'Final Days'. The highs are really good but several tracks meander or are just interludes, which takes the album down a notch. That said it's a very satisfying album and potentially one that will grow with each listen.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

I scoffed at this at first glance. How could something so new (2019) be on the list? I'd think there'd be some grace period - some time required to let it "breathe" before determining if it's great. But - it's great. The instrumentation beautiful. There's a lot going on, but it doesn't seem like it - it all fits. I know this is listed as folk, but it's also blues, R&B, pop, and probably a few other things. It reminded me (at times) of Robert Bradley (without the Blackwater Surprise). It's old-timey and new. It's artsy, but accessible. I really dug it.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

Have never heard of this. Can't think of a better example of why I like going through this list so much. What a pleasant surprise. I'm dancing in my office chair right now. Who doesn't love a band with a rhythm section this good. Especially that bass. Damn. And Kiwanuka's sense of melody (especially in the background vocals) is great. I feel like my criteria for rating these albums changes so much. So, I'm inclined to rate it a 5, but I'm also holding that for the truly superb records. So, I'll just say this is a strong 4. That's five "4" ratings in a row. Am I growing soft in my old age? We'll see...

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

It was cool! I’d never heard of the guy before but I’m really digging this new wave of r&b that’s been coming out in recent years.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

Ah so this is very good I might have to listen to this a few more times because this is absolutely a masterpiece

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

Retro Soul auf modern produziert, FM4 Sunny Side Up Stuff. Herr Rossi sucht das Glück und andere Kindheitsfernsehen aus den 70ern Vibes. Spannend mal wieder ein aktuelles Album zu hören nach den ganzen alten Schinken mit moderner Produktion usw. Rolling bestätigt - es IST FM4 Mukke! xD Total Dynamisch, mal total dicht und plötzlich total transparent (zB piano joint - das Klavier/Gesangssolo mittendrinn). Gitarrenreverb und sonstige geile effekte en masse. Tame Impala lässt grüßen. Am ende teilweise bissl monoton, aber trotzdem solide bis echt gute scheibn

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

Another very good album and deservedly won the Mercury. Probably marginally my second favourite album of his but not a criticism!

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

Liked this album, but none of the songs hit as hard as the Big Little Lies theme (so good). I could definitely hear hints of it though! Liked Solid Ground.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

4.1 - great guitar licks and rocking songs. “Hero” definitely a heavy track that grabs your attention.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
4

Super interesting songs saved but some were a bit too out there. 4.05/5

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

A brilliant blend of neo soul, R&B, and rock stylings that come together into a truly magical experience. The last two tracks drag the rating down a bit, but overall this is a very good album.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

I have never heard of this artist. I am eager to.listen for the first time .

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

What a pleasant surprise. Hadn't heard of this. Soulful but modern. Will play again.

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Sat Jan 15 2022
4

What a great album. Soulfull music. I might have found a new favourite artist!

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Sat Jan 22 2022
4

Definitely a good singer and has an interesting vintage sound that still sounds "fresh". I liked it overall but couldn't point to a specific track that stood out. About a 3.5-4 for me so I'll round up.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

Several bangers. Enjoyed this a lot when it came out

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

Nice music

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

Awesome album, I love it. 4

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Sun Feb 06 2022
4

Great modern soul/R&B album

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

I love the vibe here, Would definitely come back, It is fun to hear. 7/10

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

A beautiful album that combines the best of the classic 70s soul of artists like; Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers with an indie music anesthetic, thanks to the brilliant production from Danger Mouse. I did read critiques saying that it is too "stuck" in the sound of the 70s lacking an updated modern feel and I don't necessarily disagree, however with songs and music this good it's, for me, a minor quibble. 4 🌟

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

Fav tracks: - You Ain't The Problem - I've Been Dazed - Hard To Say Goodbye - Final Days - Solid Ground Least fav: - Another Human Being

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

Meilleur à date! Je lis rien avant d'écouter et je pensais avoir vu que ça datait de 70s. je trouvais ça tellement avant guardiste! Au milieu j'ai vu que c'est 2019... ça reste un foutu bon album!! Les tones sont très 70s😉 les arrangements sont malades! J'y retournerai

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

Nimen perusteella ennakko-odotukset oli matalalla. Yllätyin kuitenkin ja muistelen nelosta miettineeni, kun kuuntelin pariin kertaan

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

Relaxing, deep vocals and jams. This sounds like a beautiful 60s-70s throwback but with a modern twist. An unexpected wonderful listen.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

Listened a while back so cant fully remember the details, however I do remember it being a very in depth experience with a focus of unqiue sounds.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
4

Love it. 60s influenced psychedelic soul.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

Fín plata, mun stúdera þennan meira.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

Lol- I'd never heard of him and thought I'd listen to a couple of tracks before moving on. Captivated me from the start. Quite a retro 60's/70's feel but a lot of energy and very well produced.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

I always get excited when very recent albums show up on this list, since they have been universally good in my experience (the opposite of the phenomenon is when I see any Britpop album from the 90s or 00s). This album was cool, but didn't blow my mind. It was pleasant enough playing in the background, but it didn't come to my attention very often as it was playing. It's a well-crafted album, but it didn't seem particularly groundbreaking in any way that was clear to me. Definitely worth a listen, though I'm not terribly sure why it was included on this list 4/5

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Sat Mar 12 2022
4

vraiment cool j'aime trop solid ground

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Sat Mar 12 2022
4

Not the album I expected from the cover, but got a couple of tracks I quite liked on there: I've Been Dazed, Living in Denial, Interlude (loving the people) and Solid Ground were all tracks that stood out for me. Light, and Solid Ground both reminded more of folksy type tunes from the 70s that say, 2019.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

I love Michael Kiwanuka, I love this album; recency bias has me asking: is this his most essential release? One of the most essential of 2019? Between the recent picks (which I don’t know if they come from the author of the book or the architect of this site) and the early-90s britpop, techno jazz, and art pop; the subjectivity of this list can be blistering.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

Damn, this album sounds REFRESHING. Lots of different styles. Never heard the name of Kiwanula before, but will definitely follow his work from now on. Favorite tracks: * You Ain't The Problem * Rolling * Another Human Being

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

Excellent psychedelic soul. That comes across very cinematic.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

some new stuff

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Really enjoyed this

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Sat Apr 09 2022
4

Consistently interesting and engaging, thanks to the instrumentation and atmospherics. Very distinctive voice, sort of wearied and soulful at the same time. Strong drumming and cool guitar effects on “Rolling.” I love the tone on “Piano Joint,” “Hard to Say Goodbye” and “Final Days.” A masterpiece of mood and vibe and fully deserving of its many accolades. 4.4 for 4.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

Cool vibe

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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

A LOT better then I was expecting.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Auuuuu ovo je jebeno blizu petici, ko wish you were here

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Sasvim lijep, lagan, melankoličan, soulično psihodeličan album u svoju ruku, instrumentalno je osiguran. You Ain't the Problem, Rolling i Hero su vrh pjesme. Fluidan album, pjesme se pretapaju iz jedne u drugu i valja slušat kronološki. Vjerujem da bih se mogao vraćat na ovaj album, eventualno ako ništa drugo, u pozadini da svira, dosta paše.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Nisam ga ponovo slusala al prije 3 godine mi je bio jako dobar

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Mon May 09 2022
4

Love getting something new. I listened to this when it first came out, Joey put me on to Michael Kiwanuka with a previous project. I didn't love it then, but it's really good and has a lot of care put into it, spanning quite a few genres and a lot of ground. I'm enjoying it more this time around, especially a few of the "intro" tracks. I dig it, but it's still a little bit of an oddball choice for recent albums given the sort of things that didn't make this list. Wikipedia confirms that he's an English artist so that explains it. Favorite tracks: You Ain't the Problem, Living In Denial, Hero, both Intro tracks. Album art: Very classic, art style is like a classic Sun Ra jazz album. I like the bold colors and font. 4/5

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Mon May 09 2022
4

Love the blend of rock, r&b, soul and a really nice Ennio Morricone western vibe. Can’t wait to explore more of Michael Kiwanuka’s music

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Tue May 10 2022
4

Had a couple of listens, really liked the simple reverby guitar throughout- Has some whack aim unalike Vintage Trouble. A good listen

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Wed May 18 2022
4

I loved it but also have sort of forgotten it already?

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Fri May 20 2022
4

It was fine. Not sure that it had that much of an impact so going for a 2. Not to say I didn't like it though...

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Mon May 23 2022
4

Solid Album, quality production.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

I have never heard of this artist before today. I am pleasantly enjoying this album and am eager to check out some of their other work. Very easy to listen to and catchy. The lyrics were positive and uplifting.

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Sat Jun 04 2022
4

A brilliant surprise for me. Vocals that glow. Highlights: You Ain't the Problem, I've Been Dazed, Hero, Final Days.

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

4 stars. Never heard it and instantly loved it.

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

Pretty chill, need to relisten in the future

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

I don't think I've heard an album unbeholden to genre since the last few Avalanches releases - manages to pay homage to several styles without becoming trapped within them. There could be a bit of a stronger melodic throughline (things do tend to become a tad too amorphous for any sense of strong cohesion), but the songs stand strong on their own and I have no doubt they'll end up in my heavy rotation.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

Really dug this. He brings a new age sound to old style folk/blues/rock. It was like I was listening to CSNY, Bill Withers, Lynyrd Sknyrd, Hendrix, even the Temptations altogether and reimagined. Highlights were Rolling and I've Been Dazed (the former is incredible and how it rolls right into the latter is seamless), Piano Joint (his voice contrasted against the soft instruments is powerful), Hero (funky and near the top of his always good lyrics), . Soulful, well-arranged, great blend of instruments. Restoring my faith in modern eclectic rock. Not quite 5-star as I found a few tracks boring (e.g., the intros, Another Human Being which also felt like an interlude); could've tightened it up a bit.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

A while back, I had criticized an album that was released last year. I said that I thought the album had to be around for at least a little bit of time before it's a "must-listen." Well, 2019 must be that amount of time, because holy crap this was not what I was expecting. That first track hit and smoked. The entire album emanated 70s soul, but still sounded modern at the same time. Very impressed by this one. In the low 4's for me.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
4

eu não esperava que essa album fosse ser tão bom, tem uma puta influencia dos classicos, hero por exemplo é puro jimi hendrix. me soa muito como uma album dos anos 70, sem duvida o melhor ate agora dessa lista.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
4

Неплохой альбом. Качает!

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Sat Jul 02 2022
4

I really enjoyed it. It’s a quietly powerful record with quality songwriting and production. Has a very cohesive feel while still each song feeling unique enough to be memorable. 7/10

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

70’s Africana vibe. I likey.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

This is a really good album. Some excellent songs on here

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

listened to again there's just something about the twang of the guitar licks on these 70s style psychedelic soul albums

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

Very enjoyable, some great songwriting. Reminds me a little of Sampha but it is definitely its own thing. I do slightly prefer the more upbeat songs on it

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

A really solid album. Would listen to again.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Distinctive and original at the same time. I turned it up. Classic and new at the same time. Echoes at times of Gil Scott-Heron, Seal, Marvin Gaye. Lovely vocals, nice arrangements. Overall dreamy/thoughtful tone. Probably deserves more listens.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

Well this was a pleasant surprise. I may have to buy it.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

smooth easy listening

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

I liked this one, would listen again! Nice sound, different from what I usually listen to.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

3rd times the charm. 1st and 2nd time was great as well.. But it doesn’t make for a great review start. What an awesome record from start till end. The mix is great, Kiwanukas songwriting is it great, his blend of genres is more than great… And there’s a Womack-like quality to his vocal! I’m on the verge of handing this a 5. But I feel like I need the final nudge. Maybe it’s one or two interludes too many that does it? Because overall there isn’t a bad song on this thing. Consider this the biggest possible 4. Best: You Ain’t the Problem / Piano Joint / Hero / Final Days

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

'You Ain't the Problem' is an awesome opening track setting the tone for this entire genre-defying album. Then you have great tracks like 'Rolling' with a pulsing beat straight from Tame Impala, the beautiful 'Piano Joint (This Kind of Love)', 'Hero' with transcendent strings and a catchy indie-riff, and of course 'Solid Ground'. There is juuuuust a bit too much of filler in the form of interludes and intros for my tastes, but what a statement of a debut album!

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Sat Jul 23 2022
4

“I’ve Been Dazed” and “Final Days” are bangers.

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Sat Jul 23 2022
4

Serenity!!! x Favourite track > ‘Solid Ground’

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

Thought it was good

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

some new that i liked!!! was neat!!! would like to give it a dedicated listen some time

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

I prefer his debut but this is still pretty good

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

I really enjoyed the soul stuff on this, a lovely listen

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