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KIWANUKA

Michael Kiwanuka

2019

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KIWANUKA

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3.8

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

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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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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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"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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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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Мед и шоколадное молоко

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Accomplished brilliance.

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

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Gorgeous orchestration with space for powerful vocals and interesting production accents

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

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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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Amazing synths and lyrics

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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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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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Beautiful album

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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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So dope.

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

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

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gorgeoussss timeless lovely

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Masterpiece

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

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

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

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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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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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Fantastically Beautiful

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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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What an absolute treat. Fantastic. FANTASTIC!

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

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wow! a new refreshing sound!

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De los mejores descubrimientos.. en años!

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

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Well done sir

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Reminds me of Leon bridges

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

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I am shooketh

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

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Brilliant

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Liked the album, very groovy rhythms and vocals

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

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

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That was a fantastic album.

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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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Amazing

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Soulful, catchy, and moving.

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

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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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60s vibe. Very chill, relaxing.

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

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

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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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Never heard kiwanuka, awesome!

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

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Bangin

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

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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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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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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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Sehr gut auch wenn eigentlich nicht mein Ding

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

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Amazing album, with special notes in a new time.

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Better than I anticipated

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Yowza!! Zoiks!!

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Soulful, tuneful…. Great album!

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Awesome album wish I heard it sooner

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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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Lovely lovely lovely

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Several bangers. Enjoyed this a lot when it came out

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Nice music

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Awesome album, I love it. 4

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Great modern soul/R&B album

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

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

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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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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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Love it. 60s influenced psychedelic soul.

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Fín plata, mun stúdera þennan meira.

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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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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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vraiment cool j'aime trop solid ground

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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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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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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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Excellent psychedelic soul. That comes across very cinematic.

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some new stuff

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Really enjoyed this

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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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Cool vibe

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A LOT better then I was expecting.

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

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

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

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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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Nice voice but overall the songs are a bit too mellow, quiet for my liking and too monotonous

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Solid, but unspectacular. He can really sing, but all felt a bit restrained for me.

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Erstaunlich vielseitig, der junge Mann. Mit einem Tah Abstand aber auch: erstaunlich wenig hängen geblieben bei mir. Angenehm, stellenweise auch auf jeden Fall interessant. Aber nicht weltbewegend. Bei mir gibt’s für sowas ne 3. Immer schön den goldenen Mittelweg, wie von Oma gepredigt.

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Not bad. I liked Hero, Final Days, and Solid Ground. The rest of it sounded like it should be the soundtrack to Jackie Brown.

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Nice chill jazz, soul kind of things. But the instrumentals sometimes seemed very mixed and made listening a bit tiring trying to figure out what the "noises" were which I was listening to. Apart from that, neat music.

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Very nice to hear a new unknown to me artist. Decent.

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The first track hooked me, had to go back to it a few times. Saved to library. The second track was great too. Mostly enjoyed the album, but did get a bit bored by the end. The first two tracks set me up for success and I wanted more of that throughout.

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Ganz cool!

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Good. Need to listen to it again.

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Was feelin it on I5 then realized these are the exact same chord progressions and vocal melodies as his earlier Big Little Lies album, which was very very solid. Unfortunately every one of us has a finite amount we can say artistically and Michael may have topped out with soundtracking Nicole Kidman in Big Sur. But maybe not. The songs may be similar, but there's an added patience that hints at something better. I think the next one could be more interesting. Peace. B-

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3/5 didn't make the cut

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Ottima da sottofondo mentre si fa qualcosa d'altro. In 'Piano Joint' si esprime al massimo sia la voce, sia la sonorità dell'album. Un mix di generi, molto orecchiabile, ma senza particolari che risaltano. Comunque un piacevole ascolto, tra il 3 e il 4.

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3/5 1.Groovy, enjoy the samples good chorus. 2.good chorus dislike overall- I actuallly hate this song 3.ight 4&5.GOOD SONG EYS 6.funny sample, cool skit into 7 7.GOOD SONG yes i very much enjoy the samples this mans uses, its a very refreshing take on folk?!? 7&8 MID 9.Thumbs up! any sample from this guy wins i love the ppl going la la alalalal 10.UH decent skit 11. idr 12.MID

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High 3

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Great songs sung interestingly.

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Hyvän kuuloinen. Aion kuunnella uudestaan jossain kohtaa, sillon vois ehkä noustakin.

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Tää on kyl kivaa ja miellyttävää. Monet melodiat makuuni ja tasalaatuisuudesta plussaa.

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Ekat kaks biisiä oli kunnon bängereitä, hyvää positiivista energiaa ja tarttuvia hookkeja, just sitä mistä mä tykkään. Sen jälkeen vähän liian hidasta mun makuun, mutta kokonaisuutena hyvää settiä.

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Solid, but unspectacular. He can really sing, but all felt a bit restrained for me. You ain't the problem is far and away my favourite track

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Very mellow and easy to listen to but would not on a regular basis.

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Wasn't really for me, it was different and reminds me of a new wave soul artist capturing elements of older style southern American music. He's talented, it's just not my sort of thing.

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The first half of Piano Joint reminds me a lot of Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin, there's a beauty in the simplicity of the music combined with the raw emotion of the singing voice. Overall it sounded like café music to me.

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Perhaps faded to elevator music, with wonderful textures. The same could be said for Radiohead though, so worth a relisten!

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Kiwanuka by Michael Kiwanuka (2019) There’s a nice feel to this relatively recent pop production, which is flavored with folk, jazz, and R&B—with many throwback strains that lead the listener back to the 1960s (which is not, in my view, a bad place to be). For those people who think that all the good music was done before 1990, and that all current music is junk, give this album a listen. It’s one of the few albums for which the word “kindness” can be applied without mawkishness. The listener just sort of wants to become friends with this singer/songwriter. Maybe it’s the smiling sense of humility. Maybe I’ve just listened to too much hip hop, thrash metal, and punk lately. The themes are personal, yet not excessively deep or self-absorbed. But this first person focus is clothed in extraordinarily collaborative musical arrangements, with dozens of contributing vocalists and instrumentalists. It’s rich, despite its lyrical simplicity. Kiwanuka’s voice is strong and masculine, giving us convincing affection (“Piano Joint”, “Hero”, “Hard to Say Goodbye”) but nevertheless a sometimes endearing timidity and self-doubt (“Final Days”, “Solid Ground”). The cover art is completely inapt. Some of the production choices are quite distracting, like the ‘noise’ in the background of “Hard to Say Goodbye” from 4:30 to 6:00, but with effort, the serious listener can get through. It’s a nice slice of the cultural pie. 3/5

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Though I like the general sound of this, after listening to it several times nothing really stuck out to me.

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A strong cohesive album with a 70s feel. Accomplished and sounds good. I'm not sure if I'd award it 4, but certainly a high 3.

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Not bad, vocals had no change in cadence or urgency. Chill, but didn’t grab me

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Why don't you microwave a little bowl of this and serve it to someone who cares?

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Good solid album. I had never heard of Kiwanuka before and his sound is a refreshing change from the usual. Curious to hear more.

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Newver heard of this guy, but enjoyed this. I will listen to more of his.

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Solid 3, vocals very nice

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1st track-I like a lot

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Keywords: Chill, affirmative, unique Fav Songs: You ain't the problem, Rolling, Hero Somewhat "experimental" at first, some calm basic music at the end Feels like it should be listened in one sitting

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Belle découverte ici. Une belle voix. En plus, la production est superbe. J’aime beaucoup ce que Danger Mouse fait dans ses collaborations. Pièce préférée: Piano joint

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Ça commence fort et ça fini fort. Le milieu est vide et sans intérêt.

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Pakko tunnustaa, että olin aika skeptinen levyn suhteen kun tuli esiin nimi ja kansikuva. Yllätti siinä mielessä positiivisesti vaikkakin ei nyt kuitenkaan jää pyörimään soittoon.

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Fine background music

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Pretty good. Expected better.

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Voice is great, music not so great.

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Enjoyed this album more than expected. Haven’t listened to him before but knew of songs from his other albums. I thought this album was really good as a whole. It has a lot of musical elements involved, and kiwanuka has a pretty solid singing style and voice. 7.5/10

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I hadn’t heard of this before it showed up on the list. I like it. It’s like a soul version of the Black Keys. Given Danger Mouse’s involvement, I’m not surprised. There are elements of Funkadelic and Curtis Mayfield. I would listen again.

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Lots of faffing about but otherwise v good

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Not bad…..

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soulful. good?

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It’s quality for a modern indie rock album. Had good vibes. I definitely would recommend it to someone who likes low energy indie rock. Last song was great. But I was pretty bored for a lot of it. The first song really made me cringe when he started singing.

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Not as I expected - but not my go to sound

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This might be the most recent album so far, but in 2019 I had no idea about this one. Must have flown under the radar but I don’t think I would have put it in my top albums back then anyway. In the most curious of terms, I’m not sure why this album is on this list, I’d love to know why, I don’t think it won any awards but it seems like a basic RnB album. Felt a bit like 70’s too.

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Enjoyed some of Michael’s collections The easy listening I favored

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Nice album but kind of boring. More artistic than anything. 6/10

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Enjoyed listening to him. Not quite 4*, just 3

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Didn't really connect with this album, but it did have a few good songs.

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It was ok

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Dull.

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"ooh, we really need some recent releases on the must hear list. This one is recent, and won any award. Better stick it on the list." I don't think many people will remember this record in 10 years time. It's ok, but is it a must listen? I mean, he's got a great voice, and can write a song, and play guitar well enough. the Danger Mouse production leaves me a little non-plussed. It just sounds like... a Danger Mouse production. This is an OK album that really doesn't belong on this list.

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I found this album a bit like sliced white bread - it's not offensive, but equally doesn't really stand out in any way. Fine if listened to with something else going on - perfect dinner party music. I wouldn't reach for the off switch if it came on, but won't be adding it to my collection.

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Did not enjoy

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