Modus Vivendi

070 Shake - Modus Vivendi
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2020 Ratings: #405 / 809
User Score
2020 Ratings: #457
Liked by 28 people
January 17, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
G.O.O.D. Music, Def Jam / Label
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070 Shake's debut album is an excellent contribution to the evolving and converging electronic and pop landscapes.

Consequence of Sound

070 Shake didn’t throw together a project just to capitalize on the attention she’d generated from her early consigns. Instead, she took her time, creating a project that shows how much she absorbed between then and now; in fact, Modus Vivendi is the marrow she sucked out of her experience.

Fortunately for all of us, 070 Shake goes above and beyond the bounds of Hip Hop, and encompasses a variety of genres including ethereal pop and emo-rap.
Rolling Stone
It’s the sound of a realist and fantasist sparring, and it’s obviously where Shake lives.
Throughout this record, 070 Shake paints vivid – and often uncomfortable, or jarring – pictures, and it’s all on her own terms.
And although ‘Modus Vivendi’ has oodles of instant appeal, the minute the rule book is thrown out the window, Shake is at the top her game.
The Observer
Though at times songs and sentiments blur a little forgettably, this is an impressive statement of intent.

Modus pulsates with an infectious vibrancy and scintillates with bittersweet sentimentalism.

Q Magazine

While not every idea feels as fleshed out, Modus Vivendi teases a talented artist trying something genuinely new.


The heavy-hearted G.O.O.D. Music debut from the young singer is a refreshingly new take on eclectic, lovesick soul music.

Spectrum Culture

At its best, Modus Vivendi feels like a pop answer to astral fantasies like Drexciya’s Grava 4 or Oneohtrix Point Never’s Returnal. But for much of its runtime, it’s disappointingly earthbound.

The Guardian

While Shake occasionally excels at crafting musical gems out of dark paranoia, her themes are stretched somewhat thin over the course of the whole record and on some tracks she ends up sounding listless.

The Needle Drop

070 Shake's debut album delivers a futuristic fusion of art pop and rap, but falls short on the songwriting front.

This is a better Kanye album than Kanye's last three albums
This is a pretty good debut! Shakes’s voice is soothing and honestly a bit abrasive, she reminds me of a toned down Jessie Reyez. Unfortunately the lyrics are well... they’re passable but honestly i didn’t find it toooo interesting in that department. I can look past that shortfall because of the production which is just incredibly unique and futuristic as hell. All in all I am very excited to see what she does next!
I was pretty excited to check this album out considering 070 Shake's incredible contributions to some of 2018's Wyoming albums from G.O.O.D Music, and now that I've heard her debut album I gotta say, this is actually really good! I really liked the futuristic and synth-heavy production, and it adds to the feel of the somewhat futuristic sound of the album. It's essentially R&B in let's say, the year 2096, is how I would describe it. Her voice fits the aesthetic really well, and I found ... read more
At times, Modus Vivendi has moments of greatness. When 070 Shake isn't struggling with the awkward instrumentals, it leads to beautiful moments like the synth-pop anthem Guilty Conscience, or the transcendental and ethereal Terminal B. Sadly, too many songs see Shake trying to dip her toes into too many genres, and tracks like Divorce and Daydreamin fall flat and just sound robotic, and not in a futuristic or appealing way. There is definitely potential for a compelling project under the ... read more
I think this is a strong debut record for 070 Shake. The production is excellent throughout and Shake's voice paired with it creates a feeling of being in space that I haven't felt as strongly since early Cudi.

Favorite tracks: Come Around, Morrow, Guilty Conscience, Divorce, Microdosing, Nice To Have, Under the Moon, Terminal B
Least favorite: -
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Track List

  1. Don't Break the Silence
  2. Come Around
  3. Morrow
  4. The Pines
  5. Guilty Conscience
  6. Divorce
  7. It's Forever
  8. Rocketship
  9. Microdosing
  10. Nice to Have
  11. Under the Moon
  12. Daydreamin
  13. Terminal B
  14. Flight319
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Added on: June 24, 2019