AOTY 2019
DAWN - new breed
new breed
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musicmagpie55
46
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
rosevean
75
#1 the nine (intro) / #2 new breed
#8 vultures wolves / #9 we, diamonds
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?
MasterCrackfox
74
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
Tsareena
75
Dawn weaves her more alternative rnb sound with a mainstream one for "new breed". In general, she's pretty consistent on this though a few tracks sadly drag this down. Still a gorgeous voice and pretty good lyrics as well.
Faves: shades, sauce, vultures/ wolves
Sappy
80
Top Favorite: Vultures | Wolves
Other Favorites: Spaces, We, Diamonds, New Breed
Least Favorite: Sauce
kenandler
60
not for me.
PatrickL0419
57
Upon repeated listens, this record is completely forgettable in the 2019 R&B landscape.
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.
JotaBrasil
73
Se para um ex-integrante de uma boy/girl banda famoso a carreira solo é algo bastante complicado, o caminho para um cantor/cantora que saiu de um grupo, digamos, do segundo escalão deve ser ainda mais espinhoso e sinuoso. Entretanto, existe uma grande vantagem devido não existir a mesma pressão, ajudando ao ex-integrante a poder ter espaço para encontrar o seu verdadeiro eu artístico. E assim deve ter sido o caminho da cantora Dawn Richard, pois ... read more
jawoods89
76
On New Breed, Dawn Richard brings her New Orleans-inspired R&B sound to the forefront, producing an album that has both beauty and integrity. The album starts off with a maximalist approach, the title track is upbeat and authoritative, with Richard proclaiming that "Nothing can stop [her]!" This unapologetic production style continues with "spaces" which features an ascending synthesizer run as the crux of the beat. "dreams and converse" and "shades" ... read more
u4ya
59
I expected lil bit more. but i am still exploring this lady
mattgoold
75
Dawn has created one of my favorite type of pop albums—short, sweet, on theme, and enough saccharin to earn its place as a pop album.
SmooglyReviews
60
Interesting, but nothing too special.
I expected loads more from this for some reason, but overall this was a pretty fleshed out album with good ideas. Very little struck me with awe and made me really enthused to continuously listen to this album. I think it was the production for the most part that was lacking since a lot of it felt kind of nonexistent. Her vocals were powerful and luscious, but overall it didn't add very much to this. I think this could've been improved on all fronts.
TreyLikesBands
77
Good

I love her lyrical and production style. The social commentary on this project really stands out from the rest of the pieces, as vultures | wolves (my favorite song on here) is a prominent example. Really really dig it.

Color: Purple
FAV TRACKS: vultures | wolves, we diamonds, new breed, the nine (intro), sauce
francowt
68
album cover: 9

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8. dreams and converse . sauce .
7. new breed . shades . jealousy . we, diamonds .
6. the nine . spaces . vultures | wolves . ketchup and po'boys .
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luisdelrey2016
73
new breed is a project full of personality and attitude. Aligned with a really charismatic theme about contemporary concerns, Richard flourishes with a good conceptual album from head to toe, and slides on an exquisite R&B composition. And due to the leadership of her voice in the vast majority of pieces, this feels very captivating and honest. No matter the musical incorporations with commercial appeal, it is mostly introduced so well that reaffirms DAWN's talent.

FAVS: new breed, spaces, ... read more
EiDouVarg
64
The album seems like a brainstorm rather than a fixed idea. The "new breed" seems like a reference to black female empowerment but we hear songs about relationships and breakups. At 10 tracks and 32 minutes in length, this a DAWN's shortest album release since Danity Kane. With that said, this album is about a forth of the way filled with audio recordings that seem to break the album from its momentum. Overall, great production but lackluster song structure and way to many audio clips.
aaron
48
Another personal portrait within the frame of New Orleans, this album truly shines when its embodying the cultural sound of New Orleans while its at its least interesting when it seems to mimic the lyrical conventions of modern rnb and pop.

Musicians from destroyed places seem to create the most interesting and sprawling of records. Overall, DAWN Richards has continued to build on her sound positively, but its not the great record it needed to be for more people to pay attention to her. A ... read more
TheRootBoy
56
As poetic Dawn Richards is across her latest album, the spoken word and audio recordings break up the momentum it has, and they don't do well enough to fill in the barren moments either. Richards just comes up too short from hitting it out of the park with this one.
PaulyZ
75
TRACK LIST:

the nine (7.0)
new breed (9.0)
spaces (7.5)
dreams and converse (7.2)
shades (7.3)
jealousy (7.0)
sauce (7.5)
vultures wolves (7.3)
we, diamonds / ketchup and po’boys (outro) (7.7)
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