FKA Twigs - LP1
Critic Score
Based on 40 reviews
2014 Ratings: #6 / 842
Year End Rank: #4
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Based on 868 ratings
2014 Ratings: #10
August 12, 2014 / Release Date
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Young Turks / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The 405

More than anything this feels universally appealing. You don't have to be a strict devotee of the R&B underground genre to realise that this is a great album. The sound is her own, and she's capable of making an album work as an album rather than just a collection of songs

100
Pretty Much Amazing

Twigs’ superb vocal melodies anchor LP1’s flights of experimentation. Were they to be stripped from the album’s bizarre flourishes and dropped into a commercial R&B context, they would stun nonetheless.

100
Entertainment Weekly

She exerts enough of a magnetic pull to lure listeners into some challenging territory: LP1 is sparing with its hooks, favoring texture over melody.

100
The Independent

While sultry, drug-addled R&B is an increasingly crowded genre, Twigs takes a hammer to the kind that The Weeknd made famous and plays in the rubble.

92
Paste

With both immediate appeal and density that demands long-term digestion, it’s one of those rare debuts that manifests a fully-grown, deeply engaging sound.

91
A.V. Club

Few debuts possess such control and ambition all in one; LP1 is the rare album that manages to sound both lived in and completely futuristic.

90
Drowned in Sound

Confidently frail and hesitant, LP1 is a refreshing reaction to, and a calm assault upon, the unfathomably fast-paced total noise of the current age.

90
The Line of Best Fit

It’s not a record that’ll smack you in the face with bolsh and pace, and so in the inevitable repeated listens, as you listen harder, you’ll find yourself scurrying through various interpretations of the lyrics

90
Exclaim!

LP1 is a fantastic debut from an artist who is quickly becoming the curator of her own mental museum.

90
Spin

The album doesn't so much broaden Twigs' scope as reinforce it. Over 10 songs and 42 minutes, Twigs seems unconcerned with minting easy hooks or delivering discrete moments; instead, she sustains vibe.

90
HipHopDX

The mysterious Tahliah Barnett has created a devastatingly beautiful and industrial debut, and hopefully we’ll have her for many filtered out synths and dive bombed metronomes to come. 

90
FasterLouder

Every note sung on LP1 is delivered with meaning, the clinical production never contaminating the sincerity on offer.

90
Loud and Quiet

‘LP1’ is an exceptional debut. Spellbinding and artful from the off, she manages to tap into something in her mid-twenties that not many people manage in a lifetime.

90
Crack Magazine

A true original, LP1 sees FKA twigs breaking from the doctrine of the mainstream to hone a style that could reach canonical status.

90
Prefix

The truth is ... that we wouldn’t be having this conversation if her image and message weren’t just an engrossing addition to the captivating, envelope-pushing, and wholly original piece of art she has made with LP1.

88
Pitchfork

Quiet as it may be, this is a huge album, a monumental debut. On a formal level, it takes the kinds of risks that few pop artists, and few "experimental" artists, for that matter, are willing to take these days.

85
Under The Radar

This might be FKA twigs' first full-length, but it demands attention. She's bringing influences from every corner of the musical globe and turning them into something cohesive and wonderful.

83
Northern Transmissions

Certainly FKA Twigs has her own unique brand of R&B, which touches on experimental pop with some ethereal Kate bush vibes thrown in too. Talking about young love and insecurities, she does so in a fresh, exciting way.

83
Consequence of Sound

LP1 isn’t anything revolutionary; it’s a frankly expressed project focused on the dualism between love and lust, reality and fantasy.

80
The Skinny

It reads like a whispered confessional; a generous and sure-footed adventure whose studio smarts (snappy beats, exquisitely detailed backing) provide foundation for a unique and thrilling new voice.

80
Time Out London

Her brilliant debut album is a collection of forward-thinking electro-R&B tracks packed with unexpected sonic details

80
DIY

‘LP1’ is a brave first step that she had to take. It’s not perfect, but anything this expressive and personally vital rarely is.

80
NME

This pervading sense of control and commitment to her art proves that Twigs is set on building the sound of the future all by herself.

80
AllMusic

FKA Twigs' music was already so fully realized that LP 1 can't really be called Barnett coming into her own; rather, her music has been tended to since the "Water Me" days, and now it's flourishing.

80
FACT Magazine

LP1 is far from perfect, but its consistency of tone, its thematic rigour and its commitment to developing a musical grammar all of its own serve to override these momentary weaknesses.

80
Resident Advisor

In the end, LP1 is probably the most singular pop album of the year. It's testament to how emotionally affecting one person's realised vision can be.

80
PopMatters

The record’s successes, its thrills and intimations of where FKA twigs could go with more time and cash on hand, more than make up for its weak spots. She’s not quite there yet, but it seems FKA twigs might actually be the next generation pop star we’ve been promised for so long.

80
No Ripcord

There is no single powerful element that obscures the other through LP1, however, and Bartlett’s previous EP proves this is still very much her singular vision. 

80
musicOMH

Over the course of the 10 tracks here FKA twigs often leaves you enraptured, however, what’s arguably even more promising is the sense that this fascinating artist can go in any sort of direction from here and achieve even greater heights.

80
Slant Magazine

LP1 is more than just a confident debut album. It's primordial in a way that Björk herself has often attempted but frequently short-circuited letting her cognizance get in the way.

80
Clash

Fragile, heavenly and utterly compelling; this debut paves the way for boundaries-pushing pop. This is music that shatters you with a single tap.

80
The Guardian

When the tunes match the invention of the production, LP1 is genuinely brilliant.

80
Mojo

Even at its most vulnerable ... LP1 is a hugely self-possessed debut, the work of an artist whose vision – not only her visual sense – is strong.

80
The Observer

Barnett's music is the latest chapter in the ongoing transatlantic vogue for barely-there R&B, and this album joins her two previously released EPs in providing the subgenre with new heights.

80
The Needle Drop

FKA Twigs' debut album showcases the UK-based singer's most coherent songs yet; creatively mashing together contemporary R&B with art pop and experimental hip hop-style production.

80
FLOOD Magazine

All this sonic delirium shockingly coalesces into genuinely captivating hooks and stunningly sensual atmospherics.

70
Rolling Stone

Twigs' deconstructed shards of U.K. grime and garage land heavier, while elegiac vocals soften the songs without blunting their edge.

70
Spectrum Culture

These songs are undoubtedly sexy and sexual, but some shuddering darkness seems attached to each track.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

LP1 is a solid, fully confident pop album built from the same blocks that formed her previous release, which nevertheless forgoes the bewilderingly alien quality of her best work.

60
NOW Magazine
It's a rigorous production that could benefit from some humanizing imperfections. After a while, the microscopic detail underscoring each turn of phrase, delivered with such delicate poise and precise drama, is suffocating.
Aug 5, 2014
BonoLightier
87
This album exceeded my expectations. It's vibrant, sensual, constructed and mesmerizing.
My favorite debut album of 2014, so far.
Dec 9, 2016
Aoaystheory
94
On FKA twigs' debut, she rides the fine line between traditional and progressive, compiling a highly accessible collection that pushes the envelope as to what should be conventional.

Often when pestered about my self-proclaimed erudite musical tastes by people who are ensnared by the mainstream, my first suggestion for future listening is FKA twigs. This is mostly due to twigs' diverse take on “pop” music which also happens to be highly accessible, creating a path between the ... read more
Sep 16, 2014
AgeOfReason
91
Such an exciting, cohesive album. So many layers, depth. Reminiscent of a modern-day 'Homogenic' but with its own uniqueness. Innovative new sound that fuses electronic music with trip hop.
Jun 29, 2015*
exception
81
EDIT: havent gone through this entire album as a whole in months. really a terrific piece of electronic pop however i overrated it.

very very satisfying follow up to 2 incredible eps. there was a time where i listened to this LP every morning for 2 weeks, and even when hearing it countless times i cannot find any major flaws. twigs made her own sound, fusing r&b with pop and electronic, which has a very aesthetically pleasing feel to it.
fav tracks: pendulum, two weeks, lights on, ... read more
Sep 4, 2014
SeenYourVideo
86
Abstract and beautiful; Zealous and arousing; Enticing and poetic. FKA Twigs's, LP1 is 2014's most complex form of music. What a wonderful debut LP.
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Added on: June 9, 2014