Banks - III
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2019 Ratings: #492 / 625
User Score
Based on 300 ratings
2019 Ratings: #826
July 12, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Observer
The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter’s third and most impressive album yet only lacks the helicopter hit that would lift her to a higher level of stardom.
80
Clash
BANKS is ever-evolving and ‘III’ is definitely a progression for her as an artist. The more upbeat tracks are interspersed among softer, more delicate, heartfelt ones that represent the duality of her personality and also increase its replay value.
80
NME

‘iii’ is probably a couple of tracks too long, but Banks has created another supremely intriguing musical world filled with ear-snagging lyrics and quirky production flourishes.

80
The Line of Best Fit

III is the sound of an artist solidifying her already concrete career and becoming a musician ready to take over the world.

80
AllMusic

These creative bursts help Banks deliver her most accomplished statement to date, a collection brimming with emotion, attitude, and unexpected delights.

80
Rolling Stone

It’s a snow-globe of tainted love that makes the apocalyptic outside world seems near- manageable by comparison, a public service for that alone.

80
The Independent

III is Banks’s most cohesive album to date because she’s no longer restricting herself to exploring one feeling at a time.

70
Gigwise

It’s experimental, it’s treacherous and it shows BANKS’ musical progression. III doesn’t play by the rule book, it creates its own.

65
Pitchfork

While the brooding pop singer can’t always shake the anodyne songwriting that plagued her past work, III is still Banks’ best album to date.

50
Loud and Quiet

Managing to be both half-baked and overdone, it’s an album that tries to do too much only to fail to deliver on its potential.

50
Slant Magazine

III does little to push either Banks’s own limits, much less the precedents set by her alt-pop contemporaries.

40
The Guardian

Her third album is a less-than-convincing attempt to lighten the old experimentalism in favour of chart-friendly ballads.

40
DIY

For the most part, it feels like Banks-by-numbers.

NotAndreNot
88
Banks did such a great job on this project. Great production and beautiful written lyrics.
Plats
51
Ugh, that is a lot of mixed feelings. The first half of "III" is pretty decent and I think the songwriting is OKAY, but the rest of the album just takes a huge dip in quality. Also, despite a few pretty moments, the mixing is horrible. I get that the distortion is intentional, but it grows stale after the first few times. Some of the vocoded vocals also make it ugly (I'm looking at you, "Look What You're Doing To Me"). So... yeah. This record left a sour taste in my mouth, ... read more
marvelgaryen
90
With this brilliant record, Banks comes with a total different atmosphere, after 2 "dark pop" albuns, this time she comes with a glazing vibe, almost shining I must say. The pop production is dominant, almost like she step into the daylight and let it go (taylor swift reference), She feels more free I guess and the music reflects itself. I must say, probably one of the best pop albuns this year...
MariellyAkarius
50
Sincerely, I hated this. the production is very very predictable from what her usually do (except this is worse, no great songs here like “Gemini Feed”, “Haunt”, “Waiting Game” or “Brain”). her autotune fucked up a lot of moments and robotic voice is not supposed to be a problem, some mixing tracks are awful. this album is called 3 and seems like she is releasing the same album since goddess (except this is poorly-mastered and ... read more
Doofy
16
That half interesting debut album seems a long time ago.

I am confused by this career trajectory - she really seems to have lost the artistry and has gone all out for the lowest common denominator sound :/

I suggest you return to Waiting Game and Warm Water from that first album and then listen to this - my conclusion is she’s gone in the polar opposite of how I predicted (hoped?) she’d evolve as an artist.
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Track List

  1. Till Now
  2. Gimme
  3. Contaminated
  4. Stroke
  5. Godless
  6. Sawzall
  7. Look What You're Doing To Me (feat. Francis and the Lights)
  8. Hawaiian Mazes
  9. Alaska
  10. Propaganda
  11. The Fall
  12. If We Were Made Of Water
  13. What About Love
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