new breed

DAWN - new breed
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2019 Ratings: #238 / 766
User Score
Based on 204 ratings
2019 Ratings: #585
Liked by 1 person
January 25, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Local Action, Our Dawn / Label
R&B / Genres
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Spectrum Culture

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

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.

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.


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.


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.


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


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.

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.


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.

FLOOD Magazine

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

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
Overall opinion: Going from a girl group like Danity Kane (which I ABSOLUTELY love), to this is such a artistic glow up, like damn Dawn, you got it. Although the album may fell sometimes boring, this girl can SING, the production is soo good. Dawn is way better on her own than a mainstream record label support, no talent wasted.
the nine (intro) - NR
new breed - 80/100
spaces - 68/100
dreams and converse - 100/100
shades - 70/100
jealousy - 65/100
sauce - 60/100
vultures | wolves - 61/100
we, ... read more
#1 the nine (intro) / #2 new breed
#8 vultures wolves / #9 we, diamonds
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?
With the pop sensibilities of SZA's CTRL, funk and synth-heavy instrumentation, and a soulful voice to boot, this album is one to be on the lookout for in terms of blowing up within the mainstream over the course of this year. There are a lot of moving parts to this record, rarely feeling too disjointed and hard to follow, as overall these parts flow together smoothly and lead to a strange and eclectic final product. This isn't the freshest sound in terms of R&B given its easy comparisons ... read more
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Added on: November 7, 2018