- For All We Know

Nao - For All We Know
CRITIC SCORE
79
Based on 14 reviews
2016 Rank: #93 / 722
USER SCORE
76
Based on
122 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

The experiences feel lived and the emotional crescendos genuine, but the inferred vagueness of the title belies the certainty at its core: For All We Know is a masterwork.

85
The 405

A generous full length introduction to one of the most healing vocals and optimistic sonic narratives currently in rotation. 

80
Spin

Her full-length bow, For All We Know, burnishes NAO’s status as one of the U.K.’s brightest new talents, with a full hour of clubby and emotionally complex set pieces.

80
The Line of Best Fit

For All We Know is among the most impressive debut albums we’ve heard in 2016, and heralds the arrival of Nao as a unique and fascinating figure on the R&B landscape.

80
The Guardian

The Londoner’s debut, featuring funk enigma AK Paul and a series of voice memos, combines the honeyed with the industrial, her contorted grooves veering between Dam Funk’s scratchy sonics and Stevie Wonder’s spiritual soul.

80
DIY

On ‘For All We Know’ there is a maturity that shines through in its restraint, its confident eschewing of maximalism in favour of slicker, classier structures and melodies.

80
No Ripcord

For All We Know is an extremely accomplished debut from a supremely talented artist ... Her emotional gradients are defined by her outstanding grasp on texturing both her voice and her electronics, and the production of the record allows this skill to come to the forefront of her debut.

80
NME

At an impressively thorough 17 tracks long – including a couple of brief but lovely demos in the shape of iPhone voice memos – Nao’s debut album certainly isn’t shy about setting her out as one of the UK’s brightest new talents.

80
AllMusic

The album has no weak songs. There is an excess of adequate ones, however, and the two tracks repeated from the EPs are unnecessary.

79
Pitchfork

Her music inhabits the arena of high-stakes R&B, where women’s voices are dominant, acrobatic, and impossible for unsympathetic listeners to tune out.

75
Consequence of Sound

Throughout For All We Know, her vocals display her adventurous spirit, the mixture of electronic and acoustic instrumentation developing into a funky blend.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

The songwriting can’t sustain interest over the album’s 14 tracks (plus 4 interludes), as opposed to a more succinct 10-12, even though she nabs two highlights that were available on her previous EPs.

70
Clash

It’s her vocal prowess that threads together the line-up of producer-du-jour types that feature on ‘For All We Know’. That, and the infectious grooves that dominate this album provide endless enjoyment.

60
NOW Magazine

For All We Know could make a stronger statement, but that doesn’t change the fact that Nao’s voice is one of the most exciting – and fun to listen to – in modern R&B.

Aug 1, 2016*
pstaggs
80
ALBUM OF THE WEEK (#9)

NAO blasted onto the indie music scene last year with her fantastic EP, February 15. Now, NAO has quickly returned with her first full length LP, For All We Know.

NAO is an interesting figure for a few reasons. For one, she has a very unique and ear-catching voice that separates her from the rest of the Neo-Soul pack. The other thing that makes her intriguing is her ear for wonky, laid back, drunken beats that she shares with her collaborator AK Paul and his more well ... read more
Dec 12, 2016*
JFulfy
79
Overall, NAO is an artist I am excited to dive more into. This album showed her range and uniqueness in a lot of different aspects. Her voice is incredible, but her use of her voice is why I liked this album so much. Providing mellowness but overpowering Octave's and powerful voice as a whole. Really good album. A little too long for my taste though. Some hits, a lot of decent songs, some misses that just left it at an 83 for me.

Fav Track; Girlfriend
Oct 21, 2016
BasicMeth
76
Pretty solid R&B album from Nao. She has a great voice, and the production is colorful and lively for the most part. My main complaint about this album is that the album does have fillers such as DYWM, Give me a little, and Blue Wine, which comes off weak when compared to the other songs. However, this is still a solid album, and I'm looking forward to the next project.

Best Track: Girlfriend
Worst Track: Blue Wine
Aug 29, 2016
Raincoat
67
Great vocals and production should make "For All We Know" a brilliant debut, but its bloated and frankly unnecessary length make the album suffer as the better tracks are weighed down by unremarkable filler. Excessive tracklists seem to be a common theme among this year's releases, and in many cases it doesn't do the album any favours.

Highlights: "In The Morning", "Girlfriend"
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July 29, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Little Tokyo, RCA / Label
Tags
END OF YEAR LISTS
# 30 - Clash
# 70 - Crack Magazine
# 7 - Dummy
# 29 - Entertainment Weekly
# 10 - Fuse
# 30 - NME
# 37 - No Ripcord
# 71 - Rough Trade
# 17 - The 405
# 39 - The Guardian
# 18 - The Skinny
# 25 - The Times / The Sunday Times
Track List
  1. Intro (Like Velvet)
  2. Get to Know Ya
  3. Inhale Exhale
  4. Voice Memo 161
  5. Happy
  6. Voice Memo 162
  7. Adore You [ft. Abhi Dijon]
  8. In The Morning
  9. Trophy [ft. A. K. Paul]
  10. Bad Blood
  11. DYWM
  12. We Don't Give A
  13. Give Me A Little
  14. Fool to Love
  15. Voice Memo 4 (Say Yes)
  16. Blue Wine
  17. Girlfriend
  18. Feels Like (Perfume)
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, patton, Novell_sx


Added on: May 23, 2016