AOTY 2019

Childqueen

Kadhja Bonet - Childqueen
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2018 Ratings: #114 / 736
User Score
Based on 122 ratings
2018 Ratings: #113
June 8, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fat Possum / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Northern Transmissions
With her mix of memorable melodies, retro tones and timeless well…everything, Bonet makes a classic that would fit across the last 60 or so years of music.
90
Exclaim!

Childqueen demands patience and a receptive ear to pick up on the care and detail Bonet has taken in crafting every moment. She is in complete control of her artistry, having honed her skills as a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Bonet remains an enigma — one we are lucky to hear.

90
AllMusic

Childqueen is a substantial accomplishment for Bonet, a cut above her debut, exceptional for 2018 or whatever year in which it takes place.

80
PopMatters

There are still retro elements to it, hints of gentle psychedelia and jaunts into 1970s funk and soul, but comparing Bonet and her artistic output to anything else misses the point of Childqueen: that Bonet not only is one of a kind but knows exactly how to show it.

80
The 405

Our great-great-grandmothers’ voices resonate throughout Childqueen as vividly as our unborn children in a never-ending autophagic cycle, reminding us that we are all pure, beautiful and sacred, and that no dominating power is de facto dominating if not exerted with unconditional love.

80
God Is in the TV

Childqueen sees Kadhja Bonet speak about freedom but also demonstrates it with her wonderful instrumental skill and effortless vocal power to take listeners to their own dreamy places.

77
Pitchfork

Arranged, performed, produced, and mixed by Bonet alone, Childqueen is a labor of willful independence.

75
Spectrum Culture
This is California polymath Kadhja Bonet’s second album, and it delivers the golden glow of Karen Carpenter with a funk backbone. It’s a deeply meditative experience, producing snippets from lost ‘70s soul and psychedelic records that never existed.
70
The Line of Best Fit

With Childqueen ... Bonet finds her feet firmly back on Earth.

60
Loud and Quiet
The album creates a beautifully insular world of a more innocent time. The problem is that it’s so disconnected from present day that it’s more like unearthing a lost soul classic than a genuinely new release.
itsyahboinoah
76
one hell of a sublime album. Kadhja Bonet album "Childqueen"" was able to craft a serene atmosphere of the arranged sounds. I still haven't listen thoroughly to decide if this all out great or fantastic but as for right now its a solid effort from the artist and looking forward to more music of her in the future.
Midline
85
Undoubtedly one of the strongest debuts of the past couple years, strikes every level of soul with silky ease.

Makes me wet.
ElectricMess
77
An intriguing and promising debut, and certainly one of the more unique pop records of 2018 thus far.
76fex
NR
a nice landscape of quasi-experimental psych rock. She makes the sound her own despite some borrowed themes
zeyadreda
70
This record is so smooth, consistent, and have some orchestral touches that really grabbed me, and with the soul feels, it really shines for being really potentially promising. Mother Maybe is AMAZING btw.
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Track List

  1. Procession
  2. Childqueen
  3. Another Time Lover
  4. Delphine
  5. Thoughts Around Tea
  6. Joy
  7. Wings
  8. Mother Maybe
  9. Second Wind
  10. ...
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