Brittany Howard - Jaime
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2019 Ratings: #48 / 757
Year End Rank: #15
User Score
Based on 431 ratings
2019 Ratings: #252
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September 20, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Consequence of Sound

Jaime is 35 minutes of almost solely uninterrupted greatness.

90
DIY

It’s an album which documents a fierce imagination at play; a truly invigorating piece of work that pushes her songwriting forward.

90
Exclaim!

Drawing attention to society's weak spots through simple, strong storytelling, Jaime attempts to break the cycle, moving toward a better future.

90
Spill Magazine

Upon Jaime’s 1000th spin, it would still be possible to be surprised and affected by Howard’s virtuosity.

90
No Ripcord

What’s notable here is that everything that should be a risk is pulled off without missing a step. The process of writing this album was personal and intimate, but the end result is a confident, bold debut.

90
Uncut

Happily, her quest for personal fulfilment doubles as a creative bloom as well, revealing new dimensions of her talent.

86
Pitchfork

The exceptional solo debut from the Alabama Shakes singer-songwriter is a thrilling opus that pushes the boundaries of voice, sound, and soul to new extremes.

82
Paste

The album’s 11 songs are spontaneous, fluid and entirely indifferent to genre as they pour out of her like the torrential rains of an evening thunderstorm.

80
Loud and Quiet

There’s catharsis in confrontation, and although this is primarily an album spent in the depths of uncomfortable, emotional reflection, Jaime is a beautiful thing for it.

80
Gigwise

A tumultuous mix of experimental jazz, psychedelic-infused guitar licks, and a vibrant array of warm tones seep through elements of bass guitar and synth – Jaime is sensational in its depiction of female sexuality, overcoming religious guilt and understanding comeuppance.

80
Rolling Stone

It’s a total departure, her kaleidoscopic mix of decades’ worth of R&B, hip-hop, blues, and gospel, steeped in trippy laptop sonics and deeply personal political urgency.

80
The Independent

There’s no track on Jaime that is likely to make waves ... But what lovely ripples it makes.

80
The Guardian

A wonderful solo debut takes in race, religion and boozy excess, all with searing lyricism.

80
AllMusic

Howard's embrace of all the mess of life gives Jaime its sustenance. Her audacity is apparent upon the first listen, but subsequent spins are profound and nourishing.

80
Clash

‘Jaime’ is arguably Howard’s most important work to date spiritually, let alone critically.

75
Under The Radar

The album cycles through various styles as Howard experiments with psychedelia, jazz forms, old gospel, neo-soul, and the spoken word format—all with stunning results.

70
American Songwriter

Despite its relatively brief 36 minute playing time, the disc’s concepts and sheer obliqueness makes it linger far longer as a bold declaration from a restlessly creative artist with plenty on her mind.

70
The Needle Drop

Brittany Howard undergoes an eclectic reinvention on Jaime.

JacksonLerner
83
‘Jaime’ is named for a teenage sister (dead at 13) who taught Brittany poetry and piano.

my favorite song is ‘13th Century Metal’ which has the best flow Brittany has ever had

history repeats time and again to create a chilling and hazy sense of déjà vu)

the skill of voice is apparent through Brittany Howard; the frontwoman of Alabama Shakes. she records her voice as “black, queer, and proud”. for a jazzy record this is j... just her, ... read more
WhatTheFunk
77
Brittany Howard was like the ugly Duckling that turned into a beautiful swan.

Howard was too tall, too fat, too black, too white, too lesbian at a time when she herself still did not know it. The girl raised in a breakage in an Alabama village (the state that remained frozen somewhere between the Stone Age and the Copper Age), abandoned by her father shortly after the death of her older sister, Jaime, who died at the age of thirteen with a rare form of cancer and who just had time to teach ... read more
Tielur
55
Plays out more like a really sloppy diary than an album, unfortunately
usedtobe
92
"But I’m tired of this bullshit/And I wanna try/To do the best that I can."

Intensively intimate and contemplative, the debut from the Alabama Shakes front-woman exudes so much confidence and charisma equally well translated into tracks brimming with warm tones, fusion of experimental jazz, psychedelic-infused guitar licks with much gusto and life. A well-earned catharsis in songs of redemption and acceptance.
amelietur
89
Why the fuck couldn't anybody tell me to listen to this friday instead of Blink-182 or M83? What a great collection of tumultuous songs this is. I don't know whether I should praise her impeccable singing or the impactful soul-infused sound she achieved within each of her songs. How about both? Yes, both. Job well done.
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Track List

  1. History Repeats
  2. He Loves Me
  3. Georgia
  4. Stay High
  5. Tomorrow
  6. Short and Sweet
  7. 13th Century Metal
  8. Baby
  9. Goat Head
  10. Presence
  11. Run To Me
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Added on: June 25, 2019