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Heaux Tales

Jazmine Sullivan

2021

Heaux Tales

Album Summary

Heaux Tales is the first extended play (EP) by American R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan. It was released by RCA Records on January 8, 2021. Its release date was confirmed on December 2, 2020. It is her first release since 2015's critically-acclaimed Reality Show. It includes features from Ari Lennox, Anderson .Paak, and H.E.R. The EP was primarily recorded in Sullivan's Philadelphia home.While an extended play, it has also been variably identified as a "concept album" and "schematic, a successor to didactic concept albums like The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill". Structurally, six "spoken word interludes" "are followed by songs that flesh them out as character studies". The themes explored include feminism, sexuality, classism, and body-shaming among other lyrical topics supported by narrative interludes between each song. The project received widespread critical acclaim and was also a commercial success, debuting at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, marking Sullivan's highest position on the chart. Heaux Tales won the Album of the Year award at the 2021 BET Awards and the 2021 Soul Train Music Awards; it was named Album of the Year by NPR, Entertainment Weekly, LA Times and Pitchfork. The EP won Best R&B Album at the 64th Grammy Awards, and its single "Pick Up Your Feelings" was nominated for both Best R&B Song and won for Best R&B Performance. The project will be further promoted by The Heaux Tales Tour in 2022, Sullivan's third US headlining tour. Sullivan released the deluxe edition of the project, titled Heaux Tales, Mo' Tales: The Deluxe, on February 11, 2022.

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Rating

2.8

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4317

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

Socially relevant for 2021 and pretty funny at times but of all the releases in the past 12 months not sure why this one would make the cut.

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Thu May 12 2022
2

Look, I'm one of the last people who's gonna dump on anything that purports to be about female empowerment. I'm all for that. But just because it's got its heart in the right place doesn't make it good. And let's be clear, "Heaux Tales" is not very good. The production values are damn near non-existent and the backing beats are minimalist homages to authentic R&B tracks at best and amateur-hour ripoffs at worst. But where it really falls apart is the lyricism. While the intent is clearly there, the execution is... immature. Juvenile, even. Everything comes off as the rantings and ravings of someone who hasn't seen enough life to understand the depth of what they're talking about. There's no pathos here. No perspective. It has the form of protest without the substance. This is serious stuff and all Jazmine is doing is skimming the surface. I can't help but feel that "Heaux Tales" was added to this list too hastily. I don't imagine it will stand the test of time. I expect it will disappear into the noise of the dozens of similar hiphop/R&B albums that have come out in the last few years.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
2

I definitely appreciated hearing the points of view expressed, and the vignettes are interesting glimpses into the lives behind the songs. As a very recent album, however, I maybe hoped to hear some themes that I haven't heard before in other artists' work. As for the music itself, I like "Pick Up Your Feelings," but I really didn't enjoy much more than that.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Hmm, this was a real stretch for me. I guess it’s not really made for a 59 year old male, but it was still cool. Pick up your feelings is great! She is an unapologetic sexual being. Recognizing the ups and downs of that reality. Go for it girl

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

I haven't heard of it nor Jazmine Sullivan before but I will remember her now! This take-no-prisoners examination of female sexuality is refreshingly candid as it explores the feelings and desires of women while challenging all the judgmental, hypocritical baggage usually attached to it. More than just an entertaining album, this is a real education and as I listened was embarrassed to realize how much of that baggage I still carry around despite my attempts to shed myself of them. I almost started this review by saying "this album isn't targeted at me" and realized that, yes, it IS targeted at me. It is targeted at a society that carries around these bullshit views of femininity and I have to contend with that every bit as much as anyone else. We are not the enlightened people we think we are and albums like this are spotlights exposing the work to be done. Heaux Tales is a phenomenal album.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

Goodness gracious. Vulnerable and raw. This is a fascinating album. Recordings of seemingly candid speeches are interspersed with songs inspired by the discussions. The way I said it makes it sound boring! But the pieces are largely about sex and sexual agency, so no not boring. I love Sullivan's voice. She's got a beautiful range and uses it with particular gut-wrenching effect on the track Lost One. My other favorites on the album were: Bodies, Pick Up Your Feelings, The Other Side, and Girl Like Me.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

An absorbing, intelligent nu soul album with stunning vocals and excellent production, Jazmine Sullivan astutely narrates the complexities of modern dating, relationships and self worth on an album that rewards repeat listening.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

7/10. I really like the Canterbury Tales-esque concept album framework, but don't really enjoy the actual music that much.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

Feels very much like a modern day Lauryn Hill insofar as it's concept. Really good, but not perfect. And as I discovered, NSFW.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

Now this is a surprise . Wouldn’t normally listen to female-sung modern r&b, but might be a good background album while schmoozing. Not enough oestrogen in me to thoroughly enjoy .

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Fri Mar 18 2022
2

Not for me I think, although I might enjoy it more after a few listen throughs. Not gonna happen though.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
1

Lost me in the first 10 seconds. I hate this style of music, I hate it's attitude, I hate it's vocal style - I hate everything about it.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
1

A bizarre choice as one of the 1001 albums you must hear. Totally forgettable.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
1

If this album is on this list then Cats should have won an Oscar and Vladimir Putin awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
1

Eeesh. What was cut from the list to make room for this...

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Fri Nov 25 2022
1

Någon med analklåda tyckte den här skulle tillhöra listan. Det är så man blir både ledsen och förbannad på en gång. Mest ledsen........... och förbannad.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

holy shit, if i could give 6 stars i would

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

This was another new one for me and I was intrigued. It was raw yet smooth to me. At moments it was a challenge for me because it was a truth so far from mine, but I really appreciated the album experience.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Bodies, Pick up your feelings, Put it down, Price tags, The other side, Girl like me

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Fri Feb 04 2022
5

Holy crap. Wow. Speechless. What did I just listen to. My god. This hit me so hard. This is incredible.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
5

My eating my change with time, but I loved this album. Or should I say open, honest and profound look at sexuality from a female (black female) lens. The frank discussions and highlighting of double standards between men and women as well as the expectations that we each put on one another (as well as within our own gender) was direct and needed. These discussions (and time for men to shut up and actually listen and process) should really be happening at an earlier age. For all of the comments about “We’ll, I don’t know if this is for me because I’m old/male/white/other excuse” really proves how much it actually is for you and how easy (lazy) it is to pass something off as “not for me” when it makes you uncomfortable or calls out your privilege in a less direct way.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

Covered a surprising range of emotion compared to what I originally expected, and my main critique is that I would like to hear more. 9/10

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

really enjoyed very good

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

A beautiful experience. It's almost TOO good

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Sun Oct 24 2021
4

I was surprised to see this recent of an album on this list, but it was a worthy addition. The vocals and writing on this album are great and it had a great R&B sound. It did seem somewhat anemic considering it was half an hour including the intermission stories though. Fav songs: pick up your feelings, price tags

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

Reminiscent of Lauryn Hill. Complex mix of R&B ballads, twitchy hip-hop, feminist lyrics.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Saucy

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

I'm not normally a big fan of R&B, but this was excellent. Nice one Jazmine!

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

Do you like sex? Do you like albums about sex? Do you relate to the inner city struggles of Harlem? Well, here it is on a plate. Dig in!

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Jako me iznenadilo što je ovo već tu. Poslušala sam ovaj album kad je izašao jer su svi kritičari simpali za ovim. Skroz razumljivo. Nekad nema boljeg od jako kvalitetnog R&B albuma o seksu, sa savršenim vokalima, produkcijom, Anderson Paakom i HER.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

I had never heard of this artist. Ok, it's not my usual style, but someone from Philly making waves should have at least been on my radar. Enjoyed the music and the vocals, some of the narration felt like I was eavesdropping a conversation I wasn't meant to be. But nevertheless, really interesting album.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

8/10 the production, concept, and vocals were all fantastic, but sometimes the lyrics fell flat

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Some funky rhythms just not my thing. 7.1/10

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

I was completely unaware of this, but really rather liked it.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

Pop agradable. Va, un 4.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

4/08/2022 Today's Album: "Heaux Tales" by Jazmine Sullivan - This album is really great and knows how to keep it's ideas short and concise. This album should essentially be called hoe tales, as almost every track is split up from the next by a short interlude of a woman talking about some aspect of being a woman. Antoinette's Tale talks about how men are taught to objectify women, Ari's Tale is about submitting to a man because of his sexual game, and Donna's Tale is about fucking men for the sole purpose of getting something out of it, even if that man is your husband. Although these interludes seem ammeter and comical, the combined message of the interlude and following track can have a huge impact. Like in Rashida's Tale, which talks about cheating on someone and how awful it feels on both ends being followed by Lost One, which is a chillingly somber track about a heartbreak. The tracks in between the interludes are all pretty fantastic. They all feature a really cool musical idea with Jazmine's vocals taking center stage and the R&B backtrack always backing her up perfectly. I think every song has a lot of impactful lines that help them all feel unique, necessary, and apt given the context provided by each "Heaux"'s tale. The whole album feels like it tackles many of the crucial modern issues of being a woman in America and it feels like all the ideas are integrated in a way that doesn't take away from the entire musical presentation of each track. I think if you like female pop like Ariana Grande or Doja Cat, you will like the aesthetic of this album and if you have ever felt the world is just a little fucked up towards women, and especially black women, this album is a great one to dig into the lyrics with. Give it a listen if that sounds like you. I think a lot of it isn't totally my thing and the whole thing feels really short (especially with about 8 minutes of interludes), but some of the hits on here made my playlist for sure and I think it's a fairly good example of R&B/Pop today. Score: 7.5/10 Some great female R&B/Pop Highlights: Bodies, Pick Up Your Feelings, Put It Down, Price Tags, Lost One, The Other Side, Girl Like Me

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

Really nice melodies and arrangements. With a few more listens my rating might go higher. I liked the concept for the album, though it was a little too sex-focused. I thought it would have a bit more complexity or depth. Still, some good connections between the lead-in tales and the songs to follow. I really liked Lost One and its tale. Girl Like Me was also quite good and had more complexity to it. Put it Down has a great groove even though I don't have much respect for anyone the story applies to.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Smooth

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Sun May 01 2022
4

4/5. Good modern current trendy? nice lil album right here 👍

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Thu May 05 2022
4

Great album

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Fri May 06 2022
4

now THIS is a girl task album. i like it

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Fri May 20 2022
4

I was just thinking that these have been too rock/metal heavy lately. Granted, I’m cool with the metal- hell yes, keep this shit separated from Rolling Stone- but we haven’t had much R&B, rap, jazz in a while. Glad we got this welcome change of pace today. Jasmine Sullivan is a name I knew, but I don’t think that I ever heard her stuff before. This was pretty nice! You can tell that she’s hella talented and has a strong sense of collaboration, and the production is tight here. I don’t love the introductions, but I can see myself warm up to them on further listens. C+ for now, can see this rise after some more listens (Side note, but this is technically an EP, although a deluxe edition was released that should push this to an LP. Even before that, it’s 33 minutes which is a perfectly acceptable album length.)

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Fri May 20 2022
4

Liked this, and wanna return to it and understand the concepts better.

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Fri May 20 2022
4

I liked this album and it seems like one that will get even better on repeated listens. It reminds me of Dirty Computer in that the themes of the songs are just as striking as the music, and the more I listen the more I pick out.

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Mon May 23 2022
4

She's very talented, although the numerous interlude "tales" prevent it from being an album to just toss on and listen to.

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Fri May 27 2022
4

Good R&B album, her voice is great, album premise is good, not an album I would listen to all the time

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Sun May 29 2022
4

I really liked this. Surprised I haven’t heard about her until this.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

Fantastic to see/hear an album on this list that was created and released so recently! It's great stuff. I was drawn in right away, nice hooks, outstanding voice, and solid songwriting. I'll come back to this one and listen to more of her music.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

Yeah I liked it Price tag Other side

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

Tuneful and R&B-driven, with every track offering considerable merit. One digs the musical mood, as well as the candid talk about sex, bodies and money from the women’s perspective (e.g., "Honest honest .... I'ma take all I can get / that money keeps that pussy wet.") A work of authenticity, feeling and (one thinks) considerable social currency. Maybe coulda been longer.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
4

That scratched an itch that I didn’t know I needed scratched.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Great storytelling album. Very entertaining. Not kid appropriate

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

:))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) 8.5/10

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Excellent album

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Never heard of her but really enjoyed it

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Good melodies and lyrics.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

Good stuff! Particularly enjoy the Anderson Paak feature

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Didn't particularly love the lyrics of most of the songs but the melodies, composition and production were really top notch

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

I'm not really a fan of them adding albums from 2021 in the book. To me it's impossible to decide on must listen albums after such little time has passed. I can definitely see why someone would have it as a must listen for 2021 though. Although I listened to a lot of new music last year I never heard this. I'm not that well traveled in the world of rnb, so it's pretty natural. I am glad that I was introduced to the album though. So even if I don't agree on it being here, I still found a lot to like about the album. It's a simple but effective concept with small spoken word stories fleshing out the songs following them. I really like her voice, the songs are mostly great and she has some really good collabs on here. A solid album experience. But will it stand the test of time enough to be kept in the next installment of this book? We'll see!

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Sun Oct 17 2021
3

just not for me I really struggled to connect but she has a great voice

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Sun Oct 24 2021
3

Honestly it was pretty average R&B. I did really enjoy the songs On It and The Other Side, though.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

Enjoyed more than I thought I would

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

funky and soulful.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

Not a bad little hip hop / neo soul album. Nothing remarkable though interesting conceptually where themes of female (sexual) empowerment. 3.5 🌟

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

This album offers an interesting perspective on womens’ self worth, sexuality, and relationship power dynamics. Also interesting is the spelling “Heaux”. I’m always down for the Cajun version of words that rhyme with go (e.g., geaux). I’m not really sure what to make of this album. Is it positive? Negative? Or just is? I lean toward positive. There is some objectification present, similar to what is found in male r&b. However, women have taken over the narrative here. And there are certainly more favorably buoyant views of women than what I’d expect from a male lead. In the end, I like the music, but it’s not really my thing and there are too many interludes for me.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

Reminiscent of the miseducation

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

The 1001 albums generator has embraced the updated edition, and after a long streak of albums that never got more recent than the early 90s, here comes "Heaux Tales" from 2021. I think the process of updating a list like this is tricky. It's hard to properly judge the place in music history for an album less than a year old. But to be one of only 2 albums added from this year, this must be a revolutionary, stand out album, right? Well, yes and no. But mostly no. "Heaux Tales" bounces back and forth from fine but not special R&B to short vignettes of women presenting their "tale." The tales offer glimpses of modern sexuality, from the too often overlooked perspective of ordinary women. They are real and raw, but in their rawness and prevalence they dominate the album. They make up 5 of the 14 tracks, and made more of an impression than most of the songs did. One exception from the songs was "Put it Down," which clearly stood out from the rest. While most of the tracks are fairly average R&B, "Put it Down" features a trap beat and a mix of rapping and singing. I generally find trap beats to be super similar and very repetitive, but it was actually put to good use here, and the blending with R&B provided something fresh.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

Lot's of nuanced sex in this album. I doubt that I'm the ideal demographic of this album, but I appreciated Jazmine Sullivan's attempt at pulling back the curtain to expose realities and thoughts of her audience. That was enough for me to engage with this album. Different self-reflection interstitials connect themes of sexuality and feminism and provide short glimpses into the headspace of the artist. These are the highlights of this album. The 'tales' are short (each one less than two mins.) and convey candid, and I assume genuine, thoughts from different women about the pussy, the money and the self-worth. The tales are relatable (even for those without vaginas) and the effect on the listener is a stronger connection to her music. In an age where artists are defined more by their carefully choreographed social media splashes than their music, it's a welcome change that JS has opted for. The inclusion of some authenticity seems to be counterintuitive for aspiring singer / songwriters but that's what I love about this one.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

some sexy r+b

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

It wasn't bad, but nothing stood out for me.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

Enjoyed this album and made a change from what I've heard this far. The music reminded me of Missy elliot and the lyrics seemed to tackle issues!

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

Not bad

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

Not my thing, but an accomplished piece of work

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

2021? Dakle, vidim da je ovaj album prošao meni preko glave ili stvarno nisu ni pitchfork, ni consequence ni reddit gdje pronalazim albume iz istoimene godine rekli nešta o ovom EP-ju. *Osvrt*: I dig that concept shit, općenito. Podsjeća me na Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, ali samo u vezi koncepcije. Tematika se tiče seksualnosti, odnosa i osjećaja u vezi toga, to je što sam pohvato. Prvi dio me nije baš nešta držao, ali pjesme poput: Lost One, The Other Side i Girl Like Me su mi digli za zvjezdicu. Vjerujem da će ovo biti nekako Anitin štih, da će joj bit ovaj EP dobar, bar bolji nego što je meni.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

Not my style AT ALL. Charmed anyway.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

This was a pretty interesting RnB album, I appreciate the narrative elements woven into it.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

Interesting, but not really my thing.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

Buen disco

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

The production was quite nice and the theme of the album was different than what I am used to hearing (in a good way). The music itself is a bit derivative, but she sings well and has a nice voice.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

3/5 I liked it, her voice was quite distinct to the average hip hop colored woman's voice. But in terms of the album itself, it's just nothing new or different to it. Still liked it tho

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

This album is yet another example of the reason they need to let these records breathe before adding them to a list like this. While the messages are timeless, the music is going to age like unpasteurized milk. Three of the songs use that terrible mumble trap triplet flow, which is three too many. Best track: Lost One

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Sun Apr 03 2022
3

contemporary r&b, bit slick for a scruffy manc

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Mon Apr 04 2022
3

Unusual to hear a concept R&B album. It was pretty good, but probably not something I’ll come back to.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

Sin pena ni gloria. No sé qué pinta en este listado. Canta bien.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
3

I'm really not a modern R&B guy, I have never heard of this album or artist before. Even though this is not a genre that I like, generally I can't deny the quality and uniqueness of this album. The spoken word intros are interesting and generally delivered with a sincerity and conversational style that lends an authenticity that I found provocative. The songs are strong and intelligent. I appreciate the brevity of this album as well. 3.5 🌟

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Sun May 08 2022
3

allt i lagi bara eins og meirihlutinn af plötunum herna...

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Fri May 27 2022
3

Þyrfti kannski að hlusta aftur og hlusta betur á textann, en ég veit ekki hvort ég nenni því. Fín tónlist en ekki mjög eftirminnileg.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

Soul. R&B

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

Goed album en toffe listen maar nu niet iets dat (al) in deze lijst thuis hoort imo

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

Heaux Tales is a very poignant album, released in 2021, with themes of feminism, sexuality, classism, body-shaming and all other struggles that women face, and seems to have become even more relevant in mid 2022. Having never heard of Jazmine Sullivan she is not my general go to listen or even something to have in rotation on a playlist, however I can see the importance of this album in the overall worldview. Best: Pick Up Your Feelings Worst: The Other Side

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

7th July 2022 Listened while walking in to work from Douggie’s. Drove back home and painted the ceiling in the evening. Really liked this, down to earth with a strong feminist message and some tight beats and lines.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

i love this concept for the album!! it's so daring even in the year 2021. the stories in spoken word format in between the songs is a brilliant choice. the stories are varied but still are women's stories. i loved hearing the different perspectives! sullivan touched on so many topics that are important to women and in such a well done way. the album's actual music was good but it didn't really grab me. an enjoyable listen and i was able to really listen to the lyrics.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

I knew this one was on the list, and frankly, I dreaded the day it would pop up on this app. Not because it is a bad album by any means. As a matter of fact, the music in it can be pretty good at times, especially on its last half, with the groovy, A-Tribe-Called-Quest-flavored "Price Tags" (featuring Anderson Paak), or the minimalistic-yet-moving, acoustic-guitar-driven "Lost Ones" and "The Other Side". But the problem is, can this record be seriously considered as 2021's album of the year, just as Pitchfork, Entertaiment Weekly or NPR said? I mean, really? If you take a look at all the other records released that year, I can at least see twenty other that could win that trophy instead of Heaux Tales, and this in a wide variety of genres. So what did those critics see in this record that I couldn't see? Or, should I rather say, what did they *fail to see* that makes this album quite *corny* sometimes (and even problematic on some of its songs)? First let me elaborate on that issue of critics conveniently NOT drawing attention to the obvious flaws of this record. Seems to me they singled out this loose concept album about African American women's agency because they couldn't agree on a less "topical" record, where music would be at least as important as the lyrics. So they chose a record that looked like it made a strong overall topical statement instead. I'm not too bothered by this, but that default consensus also implies they didn't know where to look to find good stuff. To be honest, I fear that retrospective looks on the year 2021 will be harsh on such critics' choice. But maybe I'm wrong, who knows? Now about the flaws themselves, at least as I see them: First the music. As I said before I quite like the songs on the second side. I also admit that Sullivan's strand of modern r'n'b / nu soul has a wide stylistic range, just as her very nice voice has. The thing is, as wide as that stylistic range is, it seems to me that tracks such as "Put It Down" or "On It" of the first side are way too generic musically speaking. There are probably dozens of other female r'n'b singers out there doing that sort of stuff better than those borderline-clunky tunes here. And since the album is *very* short, that couple of clunky tunes takes its toll on the whole thing. Now comes the moment I truly dreaded, which is explaining why I think the "message" of this album is terribly awkward at times. What starts as a record defending women (especially African American ones)'s right to own their sexualities and bodies against patriarchal prejudice too often ends up being muddled by the *other* important theme of this record, clearly emerging in tracks such as "Price Tags" and "The Other Side": and that theme, just as in many other hip hop / r'n'b records of the last twenty years, is good old Capitalism. Sullivan here naïvely rehashes tired and worn-out clichés about "success" in America, suggesting that true emancipation from mysogynistic prejudice against the liberation of women can't be accomplished without having access to money and material goods. True, you can also interpret all of this as a realistic commentary about said capitalism and its sway on us all. But frankly, if there is self-irony in Jazmine's takes on the issue, it needs to be more clearly stated. Before anyone tells me that *as a male*, I'm not well positioned to address such criticisms about how ambitious women can navigate through the challenges of the world of success and money, let me just point out that I would express the exact same reproach about a whole chunk of Jay-Z's songs, that is to say songs expressing a similar idea from a male point of view. OK, I'm also *white*, so I understand if someone takes my skepticism with a huge grain of salt. But I won't pretend that skepticism of mine isn't there. If the "message" here is that individuals should just get rich to be "free" (obviously at the expense of those who *can't* get rich), I can't possibly *fully* condone it. It doesn't matter what my gender or my skin color are. It's a matter of principle, as far as I'm concerned. On a more positive note, and to go back to Sullivan, I readily admit that she does pepper her *Heaux Tales* with very funny one-liners once in a while. But even there, I find there's something lacking in the execution and overall presentation of that humorous side of things. One striking example is when she mentions her "pussy is wetter than water" in one song to then say it is "wetter than Chesapeake Bay" on the NEXT one. Objectively, the second joke is funnier. But by the time you get there, having heard the first one takes off the edge of the second one-liner. Repetition here makes the whole idea sound tired and lazy instead. Just as some of the music, actually. As a conclusion, I can see many missed opportunities in this record. The whole thing is not so bad, but it's not brilliant either. Admittedly, I've only properly listened to it three times by now. Maybe there are intents and subtleties I didn't properly perceive during those few spins, so I'm ready to give Jazmine Sullivan the benefit of the doubt here. But not much more than this. There are things that all the money in the world *can't* buy. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 845 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory: 83 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 39 (including this one) Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 32

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

I found it more interesting than expected, though I feel it could be a bit generic at points. As part of the series it seems kind of early to put this as a must-listen, but if you're gonna put anything by Jazmine Sullivan this ain't a bad place to start. I've heard stronger and more memorable R&B though, so I don't know how often I would return to this.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

Interesting to hear something so new on the list, seems like pretty progressive hip-hop but overall not my thing, sounds pretty typical for R&B these days.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Good R&B, but the only weird parts were when the singer talked between songs about her personal experiences.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Este lo escuche cuando p4k lo puso como mejor álbum del 2021 y aunque no me parece malo creo que estoy muy desacuerdo en esto de que sea el mejor disco del año, en mi opinión hubo mucho mejores pero bueno tampoco soy muy fan del género.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

This is a funny one. I think the vibe and themes on the album are great, I love it's honesty to a fault, I think the skits are great and the features are great too. There's a lot to love. Unfortunately, what let's it dow is the fact that the tunes just aren't that memorable!

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

Feeling myself with this one. I liked it.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

Yeah, ok.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

That was alright. Felt like I was in an episode of This is Us quite a lot.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

70/100: Never heard of this artist before, but this was a really good album. In general, though, I wasn’t vibing a bunch with how much this album harps on sex. It’s unfair because male artists, especially rappers, do the same thing and no one bats an eye, but it still bothers me then too. If your entire album is just rapping about tits and ass, I’m not gonna listen to it. I felt a similar way hearing Jazmine Sullivan talk about how “that dick spoke to her.” It just doesn’t feel very substantial to me. With that being said, I still enjoyed this album musically. The highlight was definitely Anderson .Paak’s verse on “Price Tags.”

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

3.5/5

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Some good jams here. Wish I could give it 3.5.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

3.5. Decent overall album, fun listen. Lost One is very poignant. Standouts: Price Tags, Lost One, The Other Side.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

I guess I grasp the accolades here. Giving voice to women and using true stories and feelings drive the expression in each song. It’s a novel approach. I think my favorite song was the last one, Girl Like Me, but many were good. Some parts of these stories, like where people express materialistic goals as some form of liberation, just makes me sad that they aren’t looking at their own self worth first. But I guess part of the point is just to listen to how they feel. So this gets that across.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

Jazmine Sullivan has a wonderful voice and chooses her collaborators well. But this is an EP where the idea of it(women taking control of their sexuality and grappling with their places in a man’s world) is more intriguing than the execution.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

Not bad, but certainly nothing exceptional.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

cool?

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Sun Nov 06 2022
3

Too many skits. Good music

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Mon Nov 07 2022
3

I listened to this on a weekend, and didn't have a great opportunity to really focus on this album. This was okay overall. Nothing I really didn't like, but nothing that particularly stood out. I'd like to listen again while better being able to focus on it.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

3.5/5. This was alright. Not bad, but nothing amazing.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3

This is a super-interesting and bold album that has some truly funky tunes exploring important topics. That said, I'm a white male prude who listens to music that doesn't challenge or intimidate me too much so I still have a way to go to feel this might be for me.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3

I need more time to take this in.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
2

I appreciate seeing an album so fresh (2021) on this list. However, I didn't appreciate the album itself. :-( Just another generic pop/hip-hop/soul.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
2

I'm confused how a 2021 album is even on this list? I think if I'd heard it elsewhere I may have even liked this, but seeing it here puts higher expectations on it that this just doesn't deliver. To be canonized that quickly, an album would have to be something truly groundbreaking. This is not that. It isn't bad either though.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
2

Do you know

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Thu Nov 04 2021
2

not for me

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Fri Nov 05 2021
2

Well... not for me. But nice voice, anyway.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
2

R and B, not for me.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
2

Ok… i?

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Thu Jan 27 2022
2

-I liked Anderson .Paak's verse on "Price Tags" -Not many interesting flows or beats

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Sun Jan 30 2022
2

Twee sterren voor de moeite. Ik vond dit Destiny’s Child.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
2

Ik hoor wel ergens dat het goed is ofzo, maar het is gewoon niet mijn ding. Na een paar ad libs heb ik het wel gehoord.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
2

Dozed lightly through it... Perhaps I should have attempted to pay attention to the actual lyrics, but I was too busy wondering if I was listening to 1995. Intrigued by the reviews, I listened again and paid attention to the lyrics. I have learnt that women being turned on, sexually, by money is apparently a legitimate expression of desire. Well, yeah, I guess. Seems a little cynical, but who am I to judge? The second listening reinforced my nusoul impression. It's not a genre I liked in the 90s, and while I have more time for it now, this album is still musically meh.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
2

Not a massive fan of this kind of music not for me

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Wed Mar 02 2022
2

I'm very split on what to say about this one. It's from last year, so it's still up in the air if this one can become a classic or if it will never be listened to by anyone again a few years from now. I find the concept and themes applause-worthy for the strong stances they take on relevant social issues. Women deserve to take their sexuality into their own hands and perhaps this album will give some women the courage they need and deserve. But on the other hand, I absolutely hate the music. It's really not for me and I had to stop the album after a couple of tracks.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
2

New albums shouldn’t be on this list. It takes time to determine if an album is worthy or just a fad. Never heard of her, never heard the album. I hate spoken interludes… The music was nice. I have no issues with any of the songs. 2/5.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
2

Alright. Wanna be Beyonce, just not as good.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
2

It’s fine. I tried.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
2

She sings with a pleasant voice and somehow doesn't trip up with her full speed lyrics. ultra feminist content, but sensible with it. Very polished modern r&b. Probably prefer this to Beyonce although it is missing Bey's hooks. Having spent the day listening to Roxy Music's 1973 \"For Your Pleasure\" I have to say this very recent 2021 entry (surely new inclusions have to be absolutely knockout?) was not a particularly welcome return to the modern world, but could have been worse with horrible hip hop!

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Wed Apr 27 2022
2

I have a lot of questions about this album. Why is this considered an EP when other albums were of the same length? Heck, the first four Van Halen albums were about 30 minutes long. How old is the 1001 albums list? I ask this because this album came out in early 2021. I would think that albums would have to be at least in the world for at least a little bit of time before it's a "must-listen". Listening to the album I thought that Jazmine Sullivan was... adequate. The autotune was a bit overwhelming at times and I wonder what she sounds like without it. The songs were decent, many of them felt like they were cursing and using the "n"-word for the sake of it. And as I have said before, I am not a fan of spoken-word interludes. But if you're going to have them don't have as many as there are songs. I just don't why this is in the list. It just doesn't seem to be anything special.

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Wed May 11 2022
2

Surprised this is on the list. I just found it bland.

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Fri May 20 2022
2

Just got a cursory listen in. Not too shabby, super tight, good production. 2.5

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Fri May 20 2022
2

Fine RnB, the production really saves this for me. I think some of the over the top phrasings on the singing can get really exhausting over time.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
2

Nothing special

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Fri Jun 17 2022
2

oke maar niet wauw. Goed voor achtergrond maar niet iets dat ik snel nog eens zou opzetten

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Fri Jun 17 2022
2

Перед нами продукт, сделанный целой группой продюсеров. У каждого трека толпа авторов. Но количество продюсеров не делает материал гениальным. А следовательно достойным списка. Не самый выразительный и примечательный вокал, минимум запоминающегося материала, ноль новаторства и оригинальности на момент выручка (все это мы уже слышали, так или иначе). Однако, стоит отметить местами приятный инструментал. Все же альбомы в топе лучших не из-за своей эпохи или жанра, а исключительно из-за гениального и/или новаторского материала. 3 из 10.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
2

I didn't like it. I wanna ride dick too but not like that...

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Thu Jul 07 2022
2

Embarrassing

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Thu Jul 14 2022
2

I will say upfront that this album wasn't really my thing from a musical perspective. Most of the music didn't really resonate with me, but I found it listenable. The closing track, Girl Like Me, hit the hardest for me musically, and I wish there had been more like that on the album. What I really appreciated was Jazmine Sullivan's entire concept on this album. She crafted the album around various named female "characters", with spoken word interludes introducing each one, followed by a song that tells each woman's story more in depth. The stories are socially relevant and will continue to be, talking about all manner of feminist and social justice issues. The format had me so interested and while I didn't necessarily overly enjoy the music, I was very engaged in the stories being told.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
2

Surely pressing social commentary, but it was a bit too schmoozy R&B for my tastes.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
2

Begs the question whether this is an album or an EP. Without the spoken word pieces I don't think you could call this an album. Despite it's relatively short length I was growing impatient with its pacing. The deluxe edition might be more of a proper album but I'm not gonna to be listening to it. The things that Spotify auto-played after this was over; Solange, Lauryn Hill, I love, 5 star level. This, not so much.

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Sun Aug 07 2022
2

If it was just the songs then fine, great voice but the chit chat? There is no doubt, some gurl power relevance to slamming useless blokes which may be very handy info to pass on to her younger listeners but I find it all a bit off putting.

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Sun Aug 14 2022
2

Dull. Mercifully short. She has a great voice, and some of the multitracking is inspired. But as a complete project…yawn.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
2

I like the empowerment thing. As a 50 something male this is kinda not my thing....I also have an issue that something so recent has to be bloody special. Not sure this is. Its funky, souly and sweary...and quite short. Sorry. 2.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
2

Probably being harsh because this album is so recent, and I think this is a good album, not no idea why it makes the list over so many other great albums the last couple of years

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Wed Oct 12 2022
2

Eeeeeh, I don't know

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Fri Oct 14 2022
2

Sommige nummers okee, maar meeste zeikerige R&B

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Fri Oct 28 2022
2

It's ok. Nice vocals and all but not really my thing. 4/10.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
2

1 Okay maybe a 2

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Thu Nov 24 2022
2

Not for me

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Fri Oct 29 2021
1

Would be no starts if possible.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
1

No.... Just no.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
1

really not my style

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Thu Nov 04 2021
1

nope. 1/5

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Thu Nov 11 2021
1

1.5

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Fri Dec 24 2021
1

I was going to attempt to write a humorous review to compensate for the basic fact that I just don't get this kind of music. Then I just thought I'll just tell it like it is : I just don't like it. At all. Sorry. Xx

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Sun Jan 30 2022
1

Heb er maar flarden van meegekregen, maar dit is echt niks voor mij. Klinkt als 13 in een dozijn R&B.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
1

Dear God no.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
1

Not my thing, sorry

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Fri Jun 17 2022
1

Not really the type of music I listen to. I gave it a go, but it was quite painful. On par with Taylor Swift for me so. Also literally all the lyrics are about sex it's not very inspiring...

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Sun Jun 26 2022
1

meh. This really didn't interest me at all. Great voice, interesting ideas - really average execution if you ask me. Price Tags was almost great... but none of this was stand out good to me.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
1

You know, she has a nice voice but I just like music that makes me think of more uplifting things than poor girl who doesn't understand how she keeps waking up in strange people's beds. Glorifying being a heaux? Ayyyayyyayyy!

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Wed Aug 03 2022
1

Very Few moments I could relate too when there’s a touch of 60s soul

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Fri Aug 05 2022
1

The entire enterprise justs comes off shallow...

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Thu Aug 11 2022
1

This is vile, so of course many of you degenerates will laud this.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
1

That album sucked and I really try to be open minded..terrible….not one of the better picks

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Wed Sep 14 2022
1

Emily The Album. Production is ok, rapping is meh, the whole album is not very interesting musically and the lyrics are hideous. Half of it is not even music, just talking over very basic beats. Vocals are great in a few songs where she actually sings, but it is the only redeeming quality this album has.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
1

I'm 20 years too old for this

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Thu Oct 20 2022
1

Not mine gender bs

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Thu Nov 10 2022
1

1.5

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