new breed

DAWN - new breed
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2019 Ratings: #17 / 83
User Score
Based on 123 ratings
2019 Ratings: #50
January 25, 2019 / Release Date
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Local Action, Our Dawn / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Spectrum Culture

New Breed gives Richard the space she seeks, a place to develop the person who emerged from the Hearts trilogy.

80
Resident Advisor

It sounds contemporary and creative, lush without being overproduced, but nowhere could you pick out the fingerprints of, say, Hudson Mohawke. It's all Richard, sounding tighter, stronger and more assured than ever.

80
The Guardian

Adventurous but never abstruse, New Breed sounds effortless, as though transforming yourself from a manufactured pop star into a unique artist is the easiest thing in the world.

80
PopMatters

The lyrics suggest life can be carnival, if you let yourself go. The instrumentation reinforces this message with a corporal, even carnal, insistence. The instinctive need to boogie cannot be denied.

80
AllMusic

Even when the subtle power of Richard's voice is diminished slightly by trouble or distress, it's advisable to be on the singer's side or out of the way.

80
Exclaim!

Without any obligations to an overarching concept this time around, it stands as her most direct effort yet.

80
Highsnobiety

While new breed retains the electronic foundations that characterized much of the Heart trilogy, it adds layers of funk, R&B, and gospel that imbue each song, and the project as a whole, with a dolphin-like sleekness.

73
Northern Transmissions

new breed is DAWN’s fifth solo album, and while it sonically nestles somewhere into the eclectic R&B of her previous trilogy of albums (spanning 2013-2016) specifically, it does feel like something of a thematic soft- reboot, or clarification, of her purpose.

70
Pitchfork

Moving in a more traditional R&B direction, new breed is a richly detailed, self-confident, yet somewhat uneven album that attempts to weave together disparate elements of Richard’s personality.

70
FLOOD Magazine

Setting aside its imperfections, the album is wholly enjoyable when odes to funk music liven up its heavy pop sound.

rosevean
75
#1 the nine (intro) / #2 new breed
#8 vultures wolves / #9 we, diamonds
musicmagpie55
67
I want to like this album so much more than I did. I think the subject matter and talent are there. Dawn Richard could read me an Ikea instruction manual, and I would be aroused; she has some of the butteriest pipes in the game. I love the references to a musical history of queer black women; she utilizes one of my most favorite Grace Jones quotes in the title track. I also love the cohesion and blend from one song to another. It has a continuous quality that I have always appreciated in her ... read more
lukassantiago3
75
Dawn Richard joins together infectious but soft beats with lyrics about party,sex, and vanity to create a statement to her own and to the listeners: why can't we make the life a big party most of time?
ColinAndrews
67
Dawn Richard continues to establish herself as a vocal powerhouse in the genre of alternative R&B with this well done album.

She speaks on important issues and is constantly using this platform to empower others like her, which is very honorable. She has a very seductive tonality to her voice, which works with most of the songs here.

The project gets caught up in itself a couple times, as it feels like it trips over itself towards the middle. There's also just a bit too much dead space ... read more
onnio
65
Pretty good production and vocals and quite pleasant sounding overall. Sensual and smooth blend of r&b, pop and funk.
Just too self-important and pretentious.
I guess i'm just not part of the new breed.
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Track List

  1. the nine (intro)
  2. new breed
  3. spaces
  4. dreams and converse
  5. shades
  6. jealousy
  7. sauce
  8. vultures wolves
  9. we, diamonds
  10. ketchup and po’boys (outro)
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