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LP1

FKA twigs

2014

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LP1

Rating

2.94

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Not bad exactly, but very simple and boring.

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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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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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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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Wow

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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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5

Wow. That was my favorite album of 2014.

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5

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

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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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5

Amazingly innovative…. FKA twig is a true artist!

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5

who knew? i never would have listened to this otherwise

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5

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

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5

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

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4

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

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4

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

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4

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

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4

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

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she is immaculate angel sent from heaven above

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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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I love this album so much, what a debut

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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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4

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

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sick album, loved the vibes

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4

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

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Dit is wel het goede

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

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

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4

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

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

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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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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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Nice!

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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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false

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Vild vokal, elektronisk, nice trommer, alternativt

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Ambiance, alrightttttt

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false

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3.4

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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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Good album just not my style

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3

Strange, Interesting. Liked it, did not like it. But it had something special.

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Was okay, too much electro thought. Her voice is not too bad.

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Chill RnB with electronic vibes....not bad.

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Album carried by Two Weeks

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Not a fan of this whole Whisper Baby style of singing, but it was nice to break up the sausage party at least. I liked the boning with the lights on song and every now and then she’ll sing like a normal human being and it sounds great! I just don’t understand why she doesn’t do it all, or at least most, of the time. Is she responsible for this whole trend? Feels like Billie Eilish owes a nod or two her way at the very least. But yeah. Perhaps if 9 out of 10 movie trailers from the past five years didn’t have a cover song of a classic tune sung in this exact style I’d be more prone to be down with the Twigs. Not her fault, I suppose.

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Soul, tecno, pop.

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Weird

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enjoyed this - had never heard of her but has a good trip hoppy feel and good vocals.

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3

Not as interesting as I wanted it to be

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Really good, but not sure if rush back.

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Sorta wooshy and mystical sounding, hard to tell what the lyrics are. 0RS

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Reminds me of grimes

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Ok, not my thing

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Promise I'll try harder on this one

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pretty good stuff, but also some REALLY boring tracks

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This album is a mix of chill electronic vibes and ethereal R&B lyrics that produce something truly soothing, but also that smolders in the darkness. Could this be the future of R&B?

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It was alright

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Unorthodox but not necessarily bad

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I am genuinely surprised that an album this contemporary and experimental is on this list. The synthesizer on her voice is perfect throughout the project. Super interesting blend between electronic and r&b.

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Wieder mal ein oft gesehenes Album Cover mit Musik hinterlegt! Ganz cool

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26th August 2021 Listened on the living room speaker while working, went out in the evening to see Douggie's play at the Bridge theatre with Harry. Enjoyed this, I like the breathy, etherial singing style and original sound. Ghostly.

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Lugn elektroniskt

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A great voice and excellent production. However this isn’t the first time I’ve tried to get under the skin of this album and failed. Always leaves me a little cold despite songs like two weeks and a couple of others

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single voice, soft electronica, sexy fun times

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I enjoyed this, but wasn't mind blowing

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This pop / hip-hop blend is all too generic nowadays. The vocals seemed the same throughout the entire LP. Meh.

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Comença de forma gairebé impecable; 'Lights On' i 'Two Weeks' són dues joies atemporals. A poc a poc, però, va decaient en sons genèrics d'un r&b alternatiu, fet amb molta classe, però que no arriba a posicionar-se entre els grans discs del génere

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Reminds me of my vaporwave phase in high school. Atmospheric with great electronic sounds, but highly repetitive and although it's a nice experience all throughout, nothing stands out beyond a few select tracks: "Lights On", "Two Weeks", "Pendulum", and "Video Girl." I think "Preface" did a good job at setting my expectations for the album without overwhelming me, but it could've been better. Ended kinda weak. Also, how is this R&B? If anything, this reminds me of the art pop of Kate Bush.

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Started off strong but got repetitive for me. Liked the beats and sounds in general, though.

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Never quite lifts off for me. Like many albums, it comes down to subjective preferences regarding vocal style and I'm just not into the melodrama implied in the high pitched/breathy thing.

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I'm not sure about this, it was ok but I won't be listening again

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I found some of it irritating and some of it decent. So, here we are in the middle.

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73. LP1 - FKA Twigs 10 tracks. Never heard of him/her/them. It's unusual, but I don't want to turn it off yet. Giving me a cool black Bjork vibe. She can really sing! Big strings would compliment her voice. I like it. 3/5

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I’m feeling a little conflicted here the vocals and lyrics kinda suck but the production is AMAZING, she really has a great taste in producers overall 6/10

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At first I thought I wouldn't like it but as it went on, it wasn't so bad.

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How does one approach an established genre,rip away all conventions, and interpret it entirely anew? This album is a veritable master class in doing just that. FKA twigs' vision of R&B is wholly her own and it creates an infinitely large space for creativity, where it seemed (to my uninitiated ear) there was wasn't much left to work with.

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Speciaal en anders. Toch had ik na een tijdje het idee dat het 1 lang nummer was.

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Skipped through - not my jam

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I am unable to articulate why, but I strangely liked it. Never heard it before.

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21st century Kate Bush?

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I enjoyed this, although the music felt perhaps a little one note. Some interesting things going on in the lyrics.

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Torn between 3 and 4 on this one. “Two Weeks” is an obvious highlight, but I felt like I was maybe missing the moment or impact that this had. It’s a prime example of mid-2010 pop, but I don’t know if it’s the best example of the period (although maybe it helped define the genre-sound at the time).

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It's okay, but Madelene should have been on the list in its place.

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Interesting, but not really my vibe.

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kevyttä taustamusaa

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Not bad if stuck in an elevator for 1h

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interesting album based on insecurities. Very relevant in style and topic for the release year. The only issue, will this album be timeless? Unlikely.

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Pretty mediocre. Nothing special here

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Ich habe dieses Album emotionslos durchgehört, der vibe resonatet nicht bei mir. Möglicherweise würde es helfen, dabei druff zu sein.

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Some interesting parts, though I forgot what I was going to say

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Första jag verkligen inte gillar. Nej, sån här artsymusim gör inget intryck på mig. Känns skönt att ha lyssnat klart. Inte direkt DÅLIGT men verkligen inget för mig.

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Weird. I only liked 2 songs.

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Ok I guess

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This is shit

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Not for me.

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no clue what I just listened to, left no impression

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"Two Weeks" Released: 24 June 2014 "Pendulum" Released: 29 July 2014 "Video Girl" Released: 13 October 2014

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4

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I liked it when it came out, now all the tracks sound the same.

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Interesting but overall not something I'd go back too.

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Not too bothered

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Man, I like twigs - maybe based solely on that one Apple commercial - but there's only one song on this one that I get into - Two Weeks. The rest feel like songs that never start and I get real frustrated with it.

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Of all time? A work of repetition and consistency, but borders on monotony.

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Interesting, but not for me.

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got stale very quickly

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No songs which could pull me into the style/ vibe that was given out

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This just washed over me. It sounds more like a film score rather than music to actually listen to. Weird ethereal voice effect.

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Keine schlechte Musik. Artifiziell ist es aber

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Annoying.

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för knepigt för mig men inte helt urkasst

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Didn't like anything here. Could have died without listening.

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This was pretty weird.

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Just another 40mins of overproduced breathy vocals and nice wee clicks and noises here and there. Ever track indistinguishable from the one before and overall I’m left feeling nothing.

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Very ambient, not for me

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Interesting album, unique, but not one I’m likely to revisit

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i've tried this album before, it's not really gone down any better this time round. its a bit wacky innit.

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Yeah annoying to me.

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Production sounds nice, but it is pretty boring music even after listening to it for a few times.

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Meh.

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First time of listening to this, a little to Ambient/Ethereal for my basic Rock 'n' Roll tastes I am afraid, can see why people like it but unfortunately not in my collection!

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Listened twice now. Not for me.

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Nerviges Geseusel, ganz coole Beats hier und da, aber alles sehr ähnlich. Kann ich nix mit anfangen.

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A lot of this is immediately forgettable…

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Dit ging volledig aan me voorbij

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meh

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the music is kind of creative and new but her singing doesn't add much unique to the tracks

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Not really sure if I'm qualified to judge this music but I know I don't like it.

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This is an unfair (and probably inaccurate) comparison - but, she's like the UK version of Ariana Grade? I know -it's mostly just the voice and the subject matter that makes that connection for me. The "music" is definitely more "indie" that "pop" - but not by that much. It's okay - probably worthy of a better ranking than I'm going to give it.

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Meh, kind of on the fence with this one. It had some interesting moments, but overall it is pretty underwhelming.

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Mouth-wateringly interesting multi-layered productions with R&B vocals. Not that enjoyable as a whole, it sounds messy, formless, and repetitive. It made me want to listen again to Taylor Swift's "reputation", not because it's a good album, but because it's one of the albums in this domain that I actually enjoyed once, ahhh good ol' 2010's. Overall, it basically sounds like a hifi version of vaporware.

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Strange album. I can see why people like it. I really didn't, though.

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Not for me. The production is so weird and busy

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Not my kind of music. Good singer but i just don’t care for electronic music and echos/effects on the voices.

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jankmuziek

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It's really not my style...

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Weird electronic music. Not into it.

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Horrible

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Naaah

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Didn’t enjoy

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some of the worst music i've heard in my life

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Говно

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Recuerdo haber escuchado el álbum cuando salió y no haber terminado de escucharlo por los tedioso y repetitivo que me pareció. Siete años después la sensación no sólo es la misma, sino que ha empeorado. Me hace sentir que estoy atrapada en un lugar en el que no quiero estar; lleno de sopor y oscuridad. Una experiencia horrorosamente desagradable. Es un álbum que abusa de la "experimentación" y cae en lo repetitivo y confuso, sin una propuesta bien definida.

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

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Dit lokte bij mij de reactie uit die ouders met jengelende kinderen ook vaak zullen hebben: hou op met zeuren en doe die piepstem weg!

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ik vond het saai

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I hate it. It’s just high pitch breathing. Not a word of English

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Pretentious nonsense squeaking Cover art: 3/5

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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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WTF

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This is rubbish

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