New Me, Same Us

Little Dragon - New Me, Same Us
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2020 Ratings: #607 / 802
User Score
Based on 193 ratings
2020 Ratings: #613
Liked by 3 people
March 27, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ninja Tune / Label
Neo-Soul, Art Pop / Genres
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This is an album that celebrates togetherness, family and growing up. The band have asserted that this album "has been the most collaborative for us yet," as they all found themselves on similar paths in their lives and vowed to let go of their egos and share their honest feelings in this new collection.
It’s a real triumph, and feels like an important statement from a band who have managed to keep control of their own process.
Northern Transmissions

Their musical DNA is already on our continent. But what’s engrossing about New Me, Same Us is how they manage to make these familiar grooves and textures sound serious, but also fun.

The Line of Best Fit

New Me, Same Us is the quintessential Little Dragon album. Their sound is distilled into every note. Quite what that sound is though, is impossible to pin down. The only thing that is clear – they’re back at the top of their game.

Loud and Quiet
On this evidence, Little Dragon are indeed going to be alright if they continue new ways of working while staying the same old them.
Crack Magazine

New Me, Same Us, their sixth full-length, may not have the instantly replayable bangers of their past projects, but as a unified whole, it is an immediate contender for their strongest album to date.

The Arts Desk
This is a largely aqueous album, one which rolls and drifts, with rippling harps, glints of light as on waves, and solidity at most crystalline.
The Skinny

New Me, Same Us finds its vigour in the sweet spot between pure pop and the band’s more adventurous tendencies ... It’s just a shame there are some stumbles on the way.

Little Dragon might have found some much-needed harmony after periods of inner-turmoil, but despite the dazzling moments, ‘New Me, Same Us’ is proof that a realigned vision can come with the price of complacency.
It’s as if they’ve been consistent as ever. This sounds how Little Dragon should sound after so long. Their recent work up to this point was not remarkable or gave you that sort of dancing feeling. This album at least has standout selects and enough variety to keep you engaged throughout its entirety.
I haven't gotten much material from the group before this album, besides the Gorillaz collab and "Ritual Union", but I think "New Me, Same Us" is a solid release from them. It's a little shallow, but Yukimi Nagano's vocals are great, the instrumentation is quite calming and there's a fine dosage of catchy songwriting here.

Fav Tracks: Are You Feeling Sad?, Hold On, Another Lover, New Fiction, Where You Belong, Stay Right Here

Least Fav Track: Water

Very Good
Little Dragon - New Me, Same Us

Genre: Neo Soul
Country: Sweden

Final Verdict: 59% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 311th / 622

Highlight: Stay right Here

Made me think of:
Jessie Ware
Janelle Monáe
Massive Attack
Очень классно, приятный голос, нравится, как заигрывают с инструментами.
'New Me, Same Us' is a groove-heavy, self-effacing journey through a painting that's specific palette and inspiration form a verdant landscape. This LP is full of infectious hooks, ethereal production and electronic edge. Songs like the skeletal, 'Rush' and the pacing, 'Are You Feeling Sad' create an uptempo, neo-soul atmosphere to appreciate. The track 'Hold On' begins with a lush introduction and follows with lovesick perspective and uncertain lyrics to create dance-able despair. Another ... read more
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Track List

  1. Hold On
  2. Rush
  3. Another Lover
  4. Kids
  5. Every Rain
  6. New Fiction
  7. Sadness
  8. Are You Feeling Sad?
  9. Where You Belong
  10. Stay Right Here
  11. Water
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Added on: January 28, 2020