FKA twigs - MAGDALENE
Critic Score
Based on 34 reviews
2019 Ratings: #6 / 770
Year End Rank: #2
User Score
2019 Ratings: #3
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Loud and Quiet

MAGDALENE is as holistically complete as any pop record released this decade ... an exceptional and empowering account of an artist in full control of their sound.

100
The Skinny

By processing the physical and emotional pain she's experienced, FKA twigs’ new album MAGDALENE operates as a purging of all her heartbreak.

100
The Telegraph
It is erotic and neurotic, confounding and revelatory, summoning the spirits of such iconoclastic talents as David Bowie, Kate Bush and Björk while affirming its own unique personality.
100
NME
Tahliah Barnett's been to tabloid hell and back and experienced gruelling ill-health, all of which is explored on her huge, panoramic second album.
100
Spill Magazine

Magdalene goes beyond earthy boundaries and transcends to a celestial realm of greatness, guided by the “fallen alien” – FKA twigs.

100
No Ripcord
It’s a record that makes you fall in love with music again, a record you feel privileged to experience and a record that imparts fundamental human truths.
100
musicOMH

Magdalene is an album that, like FKA twigs herself, defies both genre and classification.

100
Evening Standard

What’s most extraordinary here is her singing voice, from a cloudbusting falsetto on Mirrored Heart to fevered shouting on the appropriately titled Fallen Alien and an eerie whisper on Daybed. There’s something new and exciting around every hairpin bend. Magdalene allows her to stand alone as an exceptional artist.

94
Pitchfork

With limitlessly innovative songwriting and production, the cinema of twigs’ music has never been more affecting. MAGDALENE is not just on the vanguard of pop, it’s in a breathtaking class of its own.

90
The Line of Best Fit
It is an unsparing, anguished release in which we see an artist laid bare and tapping into a more natural and resonant version of her sound and self. It is the fullest and most developed work from FKA Twigs to date.
90
Exclaim!

In portrait mode, Magdalene tears down the metaphorical walls — aurally, visually, physically — to build back up a wholly realized self.

90
Slant Magazine

The album is a knotty meditation on the process of separating self-perception from public perception, and of twigs’s reclamation of her body and work as hers and hers alone.

90
PopMatters

Magdalene makes an unpredictable turn wherein FKA twigs traverses an introverted dimension of her vision through a minimalist perspective and a sense of controlled extravagance.

90
Crack Magazine

Directly contrasting the cohesion of her previous releases, the veritable tapestry of sounds woven into MAGDALENE is among the album’s most rewarding assets.

90
AllMusic

Like the dancer she is, Barnett pushes through pain in pursuit of beauty and truth, and the leaps she makes are breathtaking.

90
FLOOD Magazine

MAGDALENE dances along without ever dipping into easy catharsis, consumed with pain but unwavering in its determination to fight through it.

90
Sputnikmusic

To put Magdalene in context, it’s clear that FKA Twigs has created her best album so far. It combines the addicting complexity of M3LL155X’s production aesthetics with the more elaborate and thoughtful songwriting of LP1.

90
Highsnobiety

MAGDALENE is the album that twigs was destined to create. That such a blessing came out of so much trauma is a tragedy, but what a privilege it is to witness such a miraculous period of growth.

87
Paste

MAGDALENE is the sound of an artist gluing together the million tiny shards in which she found herself after an explosive breakup.

85
Northern Transmissions

Never rushed yet often urgent, MAGDALENE is a work of great tension and balance. It never falls into complacency, and it’s never indulgent.

80
Clash
The sound of someone delicately yet decisively knitting themselves back together...
80
The Independent

The follow-up to 2014’s LP1, made in the wake of heartbreak, is twigs at her sorrowful, scrappy best.

80
Under The Radar

MAGDALENE might not be perfect, but it reverberates with the sound of someone shutting the door on a difficult chapter in their life.

80
DIY

Sometimes, there is the feeling that less could have been more, but when everything aligns, there are true moments of wonder to be found.

80
Rolling Stone
UK pop futurist conjures struggle while curating a killer creative team.
80
The Observer

The inner battles of Magdalene will stay with you long after they finish.

80
Spectrum Culture

With this gorgeous, gripping, thought-provoking album, she continues her enigmatic, glass ceiling-smashing trajectory thanks to some spectacular vocal performances and updating the sonic templates left to her by her forebears.

75
Consequence of Sound

While concise in length, MAGDALENE paces FKA twigs through the unguarding of her traumas, ceremoniously giving way for her next act.

70
The Needle Drop

For all its impassioned vocal performances and effective updates on the forms of Kate Bush and Björk, Magdalene isn't quite greater than the sum of its parts.

60
The Guardian

Sometimes the results are stunning ... Sometimes, however, the songs are weirdly stifling.

okcomputer12127
NR

It has been 3 whole years since FKA Twigs has given us any new music, leaving us with the out of control, futuristic M3LL155X, which was definitely her best work. But Magdalene comes out and it is like the 21st century Homogenic. Both are innovative, beautiful, and have great production. Anyway, the first song 'thousand eyes' is such an impressive opener for this album, it's very peaceful at some parts and get all the way to rock-bottom in some parts. It sounds like something that would be made ... read more

loganchung
95

Fka Twigs didn’t just make an album, she crafted an experience of pure artistry.

The juxtaposition that is meticulously woven throughout is absolutely incredible. To sum things up, Twigs is essentially utilizing Mary Magdalene, a biblical figure, as a personal allegory. Both females never truly had full control of their own narrative due to patriarchy. Mary Magdalene is infamous for being wrongly labeled as a prostitute and a sinful woman throughout history, while Twigs on the other ... read more

imgroot
90

after numerous listens, i can clearly say that this is the best heartbreak / breakup album since Björk's Vulnicura and it also happens to be my AOTY.

🌹: thousand eyes, home with you, sad day, holy terrain, mary magdalene, fallen alien, mirrored heart, daybed, cellophane
🥀: n/a

69

found myself a bit bored at points, maybe ill relisten

ITSLUI
96

Após ter sido alvo de muitas críticas racistas devido ao seu último relacionamento público, FKA fez Cellophane para representar essa dor e as pressões psicológicas que estavam sobre ela. Não satisfeita, ela criou outras obras de arte em forma de músicas, as faixas Sad Day e Marry Magdalene são impecáveis e apenas potencializam a perfeição artística da artista. Um álbum conceitual e muito bem ... read more

Seajeff
67

Damnit i'm really disappointed with myself. there are so many elements i really like about twigs music but there's nothing that really hooks me in or clicks with me. I definitely want to revisit this album and end up loving it but right now the more i listen the more i dislike it and i just have to accept her music is not for me, so matter how much i want to like it.

Fav tracks- cellophane, home with you, thousand eyes
least fav tracks- holy terrain, daybed

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Track List

1thousand eyes
5:00
89
2home with you
3:44
93
3sad day
4:15
92
4holy terrain
4:03
feat. Future
81
5mary magdalene
5:21
94
6fallen alien
3:58
92
7mirrored heart
4:32
92
8daybed
4:31
85
9cellophane
3:24
96
Total Length: 38 minutes
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Added on: April 22, 2019