FKA twigs - MAGDALENE
Critic Score
Based on 35 reviews
2019 Ratings: #6 / 792
Year End Rank: #2
User Score
2019 Ratings: #4
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

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
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
musicOMH

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

100
Spill Magazine

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

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
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.
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
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
FLOOD Magazine

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

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
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
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
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.

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
Exclaim!

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

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.
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
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.

80
The Observer

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

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

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

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

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
80

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

TreyLikesBands
71

Before listening to “MAGDELENE”, I went through each of FKA Twigs’ projects to have a general background of her sound and style. To say the least, I don’t really like “LP1” as much as it’s given credit for, and her first two EPs seem meandering, basic, and annoying. The only intriguing project of hers prior to this is “M3LL155X”, for its harsh production choices and bold musical structures. So, going into this record, let’s say I had ... read more

DanielSonic
97

I remember when I first heard this album. I was in my college library, and I had a bunch of assignments due in a few hours. While I worked, I put on an album while I worked, and I saw that this album was popular.

I don’t remember what I was working on. I only remember sitting alone in the college library being absolutely floored by what I was hearing.

I don’t know what Twigs was going through during this album. All I know is that Shawn Cee said it had something to do with trauma, ... read more

90

se tirar holy terrain é 100

coloncancer
90

look what you did. i’m sad now.

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Track List

1thousand eyes
5:00
90
2home with you
3:44
94
3sad day
4:15
92
4holy terrain
4:03
feat. Future
83
5mary magdalene
5:21
94
6fallen alien
3:58
93
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