This review will be brief. Not because I don’t have time or because there isn’t loads that I could say but because my mind is so 100% made up about this album that there isn’t much for me to say.
“All that money, the money is the motive. All that money, the money motive. All that money, the money she be focused. Girl put in work, girl, girl put in work.”
This line all sounds a bit R ‘n’ B doesn’t it? Well, this is an R ‘n’ B album after all. But not like anything you’ve heard before. Even the best of Kanye West from 808s & Heartbreak doesn’t come close to how cool, sexy and stylish this album is. It comes somewhere between Kanye and How to Dress Well, but it achieves something more than either. This album is probably the best thing I’ve heard in a year perhaps. Every beat is precise and the dub backing tracks are just better listening than even James Blake’s bumrush album. There isn’t much out there that’s as cool as this. Unashamedly cool and definitely alternative enough for the indie crowd and Pitchfork’s Best New Music, but with a soul that’s as rooted in Bobby Brown as anything Rihanna is making at the moment, with autotune to boot.
The above, Glass Table Girls, is the standout track on the album, particularly because of it’s incredible dub lines but mostly because of the way it just switches on you and puts you in a whole different place. Absolutely incredible.
I don’t think I should labour the point, the two songs above should be enough to convince anyone of discerning taste that this album is one of the treasures of 2011 so far.
5 crumbles. definitely.