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LP1

FKA twigs

2014

LP1
Album Summary

LP1 is the debut studio album by English singer-songwriter FKA Twigs. It was released on 6 August 2014 by Young. Production for the album is handled by FKA Twigs herself, alongside Emile Haynie, Arca, Cy An, Devonté Hynes, Clams Casino, Paul Epworth, Sampha and Tic. Upon release, LP1 received widespread critical acclaim, and placed high on several year-end critics' lists. The album spawned three singles: "Two Weeks", "Pendulum" and "Video Girl". The album was nominated for the 2014 Mercury Prize and the award for Best Recording Package at the 2015 Grammy Awards.

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2.86

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Pop

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Sun Aug 08 2021
4

An absolute masterclass in electronic arrangement and production. Each track is its own small microcosm of carefully layered synths and samples, a small world that exists for only 3 minutes at a time and fully encompasses the entire soundstage. Some tracks could use a bit more variation, but overall an amazing listening experience.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
1

Unlistenable in the way a lot of modern albums are. I'm speaking purely in terms of production here, but everything seems to be aimed at being parped through a laptop. Such a harsh sound. Also, I'm aghast at the critical response this album has had; perhaps it's age, but I'm simply not getting the same juice as the critics out of this dud. At least I can now say I've given FKA twigs a go.

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Thu Dec 31 2020
1

these songs are like the bridges of dubstep songs, breathy, glitchy, some nice vocal, but then it just lingers there for the entire track, I wanted more out of pretty much every track I listened to. Two Weeks made me have flashbacks to Mr Robot which was unexpected.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

I've heard lots about FKA twigs but never took the dive. Boy am I glad I did here today. What a uniquely stimulating album. The textures in the beats, synths, and basslines elevate FKA's vocals, giving the music a certain "wow" factor. This can be partly attributed to producer and artist Arca, who had also done production work for Kanye West on Yeezus and Björk on Vulnicura. The sonic space being explored here is sublime. This album stands heads and shoulders above other pop/r&b albums for 2014. It stands for the natural progression of music: innovative and bold.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
1

Really? It should be on a list alright. And that list is of Albums You Never Need To Hear Again before you die. This has no business being in THIS list. Hard pass. Replace with Florence + The Machine. Hey, I tried.

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Fri May 28 2021
5

This whole album is a mood and I'm here for it. Brilliant production, great vocals, lots of energy (without being frantic). I'm sad that it took me this long to experience it.

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Sat Aug 07 2021
1

She clearly has a voice, but this was dreadful. Just a bunch of falsetto abused over sound effects you could hardly call beats.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
1

Twigs apparently hates the term "alternative R&B", so let's be fair and not call this album that. Try "monumentally boring hipster bullshit" instead.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

I remember when this album came it was what everyone who was anyone was listening to. it was the bomb, a revolution in music and all that. The thing is, it's been 7 years and it did not age that well, it sounds repetitive and confusing just for the sake of it. Magdalene is a huge leap forward letting go the repetition for a more soulful but still ground breaking sound. This is a great album and an excellent debut but it will not remain on this list for long I believe.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

I was bang up for this after hearing the haunting vocals and jagged beats of the opening track, 'Preface', followed by the quite beautiful, and a little raunchy, 'Lights On'. I loved it - sounding like someone had spliced Kate Bush with Bjork and replaced Thom Yorke with them during Kid A/Amnesiac-era Radiohead, but told Jonny, Colin and Ed to ditch the guitars. However, it then began to feel that it was just the same formula throughout the rest of the album: soulful voice over the top of chopped beats. Nothing wrong with that and I still very much enjoyed it. So much so that it remained on a loop for most of the day and I kept finding new little sonic nuggets with each play-through.

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Sun Nov 28 2021
1

Soft sung vocals with glitchy instrumentals. Initial thoughts are that I've heard this before? It sounds like the concept behind every female singer songwriter today, and the execution is the exact same... Everything on this album just blends together and it becomes a bland mess. These sorts of vocals also just make me cringe. Find a female "singer" on TikTok and there's a 95% chance that she sings like this. Whispery and whiny without an ounce of power. The instrumentals, the singing, the production, everything works together to make this album feel as uninspired and boring as possible. It really feels like the album has been plucked from the "music industry conveyor belt" and still has that mass-production smell (it might not be mass-produced, but that's how it feels). I feel like I've heard all of these songs before. I truly can't hear anything unique about this sound. The album would maybe work better if it tried to be less athereal and more punchy and groundbased? But yeah It's a solid No from me... I just noticed that the album has stopped playing and I didn't realize. Perfect background music lol.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

I didn't particularly enjoy this as it I found it pretty dull and low energy. The vocals were really beautiful, but I probably won't seek it out again

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Wed Jun 14 2023
2

One of those cases where I can see why people would enjoy this but just not for me, there's just no through line for me to get attached to and nothing that sticks with me. But I can give props for not being some cookie cutter album and you miss 100% of the chances you don't take so it deserves props. The grandpa simpson quote comes to mind "I use to be with it, now what I'm with isn't it, and what's it is weird and scary to me"

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Sun Jun 20 2021
1

Not bad exactly, but very simple and boring.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

Very good album. I love her voice and her choice of sounds to accompany it. I enjoyed this very much.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

Wow. That was my favorite album of 2014.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
5

Great album. Great artist. Always a good reminder to listen to FKA

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Sat Aug 28 2021
5

Yup, big fan of this album. Sometimes breathy / surreal music doesn't have enough substance for me but this album delivered!

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Mon Oct 11 2021
5

Amazingly innovative…. FKA twig is a true artist!

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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

who knew? i never would have listened to this otherwise

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

What a beautiful album and such a unique sound I really enjoyed this one!

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Wed Dec 22 2021
5

A truly mesmerising album that combines a beautiful soulful voice with unique electronic music.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
5

Layered, spacious, and slightly dissonant. One of the best albums of the ‘10s.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
5

Well, here's a thing. I'm suprised at how negative everyone is in the reviews. Yes it's not entirely original and doesn't follow traditional definitions of a cohesive album with tracks but it's inventive and fresh and precisely what I enjoy listening to. People are giving '1's for no more reason that 'it's not for me' so I'm going to give this a '5' for precisely the same reason in reverse.

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Mon Jan 30 2023
5

This is a crazily enchanting album that had me mesmerized. Really interesting and unique. The soundscapes painted here are a bit stark, a bit startling, utterly beautiful. So many layers, such an incredible use of electronics. I loved it!

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Thu Mar 30 2023
4

Moody, sultry, ethereal, and gorgeously layered. Sometimes the gossamer production here got away from itself for a little too long in my opinion; if bits of this just got slight cutting tweaking it could really soar.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

I have heard of her but this is first time hearing her music. It’s a different sound. It’s nice but not sure I’d listen to it again

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Mon Jan 23 2023
3

I don’t know if this was just a refreshing change of genre after a week of dad rock, but I enjoyed this. Listened to it on a rainy drive home and found it both relaxing and intriguing, with lots of cool sounds for my ears to chase

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Thu Sep 22 2022
2

Evidently an impressive accomplishment, but no joy in hearing it. Full of textures in search of a melody. Lots of glimpses that Twigs sings beautifully but her voice is too often lost in a mess of… I’m not sure what to call it. It just sounds so overdone. Ultimately R&B, in its modern form, just ain’t my thing. Prime cut: Two Weeks

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Thu May 11 2023
2

Music for ducklipped teenagers to put their makeup on to.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
1

I don’t like this at all. The vocals are pretty. Production quality is good. It just doesn’t rub me right. I feel like the only thing this is good for is a radio station in Cyberpunk 77. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Sun Dec 12 2021
1

Uh. No. Just no. This is an example of trash current-day music.

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Thu Nov 16 2023
1

Jesus Christ, it's so minimalist. It's like literally nothing is happening. There's some interesting sounds and backing bits that sound kind of sci-fi, but it's just so empty. I don't think any single song distinguishes itself as something separate from the rest. Just high breathy vocals over some basic minimalist beats on every single song. It faded into the background easily enough for the most part, but that's hardly a winning endorsement now is it?

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Sun Feb 04 2024
1

I tried. I really did. There’s nothing here. Hollow sounds.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

Never heard of this artist before, but this is the kinda music I'm really digging these days. Good vibes and great beats. Definitely will be checking out more from her.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

This is such a beautiful album. Saw Twigs play twice and astounded and moved both times. Standout tracks: Lights On Two Weeks Hours Give Up Tbh I could just write the full track listing here.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

Slow dreaming trap with slick vocals make this an easy listen to get your groove on.

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Mon Jan 30 2023
5

(a) I can't stop looking at the cover. Her hair, her eyes, her lips, her teeth. The shine and color on her face. Beautiful but disquieting. (it's not a bruise, is it?) The hyper-real/non-reality of it. This image took up a lot of my brain space today. (b) I am completely unfamiliar with FKA twigs, a fact that earns the album extra points after what feels like several repeated artists over the past few weeks (a lot of white dudes I already know and some I've heard enough from already). (c) Like many others, this faded into the background a bit in the kitchen during dinner prep and was much, much, much, much, much more compelling and interesting with headphones and more focus. I'm intrigued and want more.

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Wed Feb 15 2023
5

This is very cool. Really enjoyed Two Weeks, Numbers, and Kicks. But so many great moments overall.

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Fri Feb 17 2023
5

The production alone seems deserving of a 5. She has an absolute amazing display of vocals. There is literally something about every song I find enjoyable. This is another album that caught me off guard. Definitely 5! 1. Lights On 2. Preface 3. Video Girl 4. Numbers 5. Give Up

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Thu Mar 30 2023
5

I love this, really in the Björk and SOPHIE School of production, which is definitely one of my favorite approaches to music.

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Sun Apr 02 2023
5

What a gorgeous album. I’ve never given twigs much of a chance (outside of Cellophane, which may just be the best break up song of all time) but I will definitely be checking out more of her music after this.

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Thu May 04 2023
5

Avant-pop, a new genre that I now need to delve into. FKA Twigs provided a refreshing take on pop, using all sounds imaginable with an amazing voice to carry you through her soundscapes. Big fan now, I'm excited to continue following her.

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Fri Jun 02 2023
5

I loved this so much. Wow, why did I miss this when it came out. It’s so unique. I’ve never really heard anything like it. I remember hearing FKA twigs’s second EP, maybe? This is a whole world unto its own. Oozing creativity. I was just waiting to find out what she was going to do next. I loved the choral influences. I’m sad that I never heard this when it came out, but in hindsight maybe I just wasn’t ready. 5/5, blew my mind

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Sun Jul 23 2023
5

never heard of this before but instant 5 for me. i'm not sure what this is but i love it!!

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Thu Jul 27 2023
5

oh fuck. artistry on the next fucking level. generational. fav songs: lights on, two weeks, hours, video girl, number, kicks.

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Thu Aug 03 2023
5

Det här är så mycket bättre än jag kom ihåg... har letat efter något dylikt... älskar hur allt flyter. Också ett plus fär att vara ett val från 2000-talet som inte är mediokert/bakåtblickande.

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Wed Aug 09 2023
5

Amazing! I really enjoyed the instrumentals and the vocals on this one.

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Tue Sep 05 2023
5

I don't get a lot of the criticism of this album in the top reviews. Yes lots of artists sound like this now... but they didn't when it was released! Also, it sounds great on proper speakers. It is also a remarkably sexy album and I have had a lot of sex with this as the background music, so that does endear it to me somewhat!

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Sun Oct 01 2023
5

Not exactly a perfect 5, but closer to a 5 than a 4

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Wed Jan 17 2024
5

J’aime beaucoup la voix et son traitement, qui ne l’objectifie ni ne l’enjolive pas, qui n’est pas trop appuyé. Textures et ambiances incarnées

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Thu Jan 25 2024
5

Twigs' vulnerability is transcendent. I first heard Two Weeks listing to a mix, and stopped what I was doing to listen to the full album. There's a paradoxical intimacy to the lyrics and delivery that, even though it was released as an album, it makes me feel like I've stumbled on someone's private diary, and I shouldn't be listening to this because I'm crossing someone's boundaries. Incredible work.

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Wed Jan 31 2024
5

I don't like using word 'beautiful' in recs because what does it even mean? But I don't know how else describe this album, every single song was simply beautiful and I loved it from first to last second.

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Wed Jan 31 2024
5

I can feel magic in this album

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Thu Feb 22 2024
5

FINALMENTE uma artista solo feminina. E a FKA ainda. Que produção, o álbum passou voando.

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Thu Feb 22 2024
5

Maravilhoso!! Ótimo. Delicioso de ouvir... Gorgeous.

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Thu Feb 22 2024
5

fada sinestésica!!! essas fãs racistas do Robert Pattinson têm que tomar tudo no cu!

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

Quite nice synth driven pop. Will have to give it a few more listens!

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Tue May 11 2021
4

I didn’t know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised with this album.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Really cool and interesting songs. Some bjork feels. And some catchy jams thrown in.

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Sun Feb 14 2021
4

Great R&B! Never heard of her until today but I added some songs to my playlist

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Tue May 04 2021
4

she is immaculate angel sent from heaven above

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

I was excited to see some modern day music. It was a good album and definitely something I would listen to again. I also liked music that Spotify played after this. I could do Aerosha to it.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

I love this album so much, what a debut

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Thu May 06 2021
4

This was a bit of a breath of fresh air after the weeks of 60s, 70s and 80s music, and I really enjoyed it. She's got a really unique style that's complimented by the background ambience and beats very well. Glad to have gotten this and need to check out some of her recent work Saved: Two Weeks, Pendulum

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

I can enjoy FKA twigs one song at a time, but an album full becomes too much.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

Wonderful, very new to me but I also feel like I need to really listen to it with no distractions to actually get a feel for it.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
4

One of the things I find commonly about most of the more recent albums on this list is that they are often here more because they were/are popular than because they are meaningful artistic expressions. Not so with this album. FKA twigs feels like she's really using the technological capabilities of the moment to produce a truly innovative album. Beautiful and haunting, sexy, deliberate, deep. This album has so much going for it, and I think that it will stand the test of time 4/5

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Sat Sep 04 2021
4

A brilliantly produced and performed album that makes me want to explore more. A strong four, almost a 5.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Really enjoyed it. Lots of interesting beats but arranged around solid song writing.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

This was a weird one. I’m not sure how to describe this album but I think I liked it. It really grew on me as I listened to it more and by the end I was vibing to it. Fav songs: two weeks, pendulum

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

It's hot, but not as good as I was expecting, and I listened to it in a bath so pretty optimal conditions...

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

I like this stuff, I think it's interesting. Doesn't feel masterful yet, I think her best work it yet to come.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

If constipation makes your day feel offbeat, try listening to this record. The groove will make you sway and loosen that poo right up. Before you know it you'll have an empty bowel and full bowl of glorious, Instagramable poo. Poo.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

Pretty interesting. It made me think I need better headphones. I really enjoyed a few of the songs. There was a lot that was too abstract for me.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

Ethereal and atmospheric. I enjoyed this album but it is not something I would choose to listen to. Having said that, I’m glad I gave it a listen and hope to return to it as there were a lot of elements that I really liked

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Brilliant minimalist electronica, great voice, absorbing, an absolute mood that I am here for.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

some really good moments! I’ll give it another listen soon

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

I have loved this album since it came out. So damn good 🔥.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

I've seen this record cover all over the place but never clued in. So, here goes. Open mind. Clean slate... I have an embarrassingly small frame of reference for music like this. But it seems so goddamned innovative to me and her voice is so pretty. The song "Two Weeks" has more than 80 million plays on Spotify, yet I've just heard it for the first time. It's excellent. The synth sounds on that song and the record, in general, are great. I think the production uses a technique called "ducking" where the various tracks/instruments duck out of the way (in terms of volume) when other instruments are hitting. So, like, the volume of the synth drops when there is a snare hit. It's like the next level in the volume wars that people like Rick Rubin hate. I tend to dislike it when applied to rock music. But when literally everything in a mix besides the vocals are synthetic, it's a beautiful effect.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

I didn't really like this album when I first listened to it a few years ago, but after revisiting it it's grown on me a bit.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

LP1 is very soulful and hymn like in quality, yet has a sensuality that draws you in. FKA Twigs' futuristic take on R&B, melds into electronica quite nicely, and is uniquely it's own thing. Best: Two Weeks Worst: Numbers 3.5 Stars (so very close to 4 stars)

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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

Precisely constructed songs of joy and ice.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

Outra opção de tripo hop que inclui hit “sexy”.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

I enjoyed this. It had some cool ethereal sounds that were fun to listen to, though the lyrics were a little repetitive.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

При том, что жанр абсолютно не мой, звучит очень классно. Даже ооооочень отдаленно напомнило голос Кейт Буш, хотя это и было в последней композиции.

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