AOTY 2019

Ibeyi

Ibeyi - Ibeyi
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2015 Ratings: #288 / 772
User Score
Based on 142 ratings
2015 Ratings: #188
February 17, 2015 / Release Date
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Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny
There’s so much going on in Ibeyi’s eponymous debut, but the French sisters handle their heady mix with truly impressive restraint.
90
Exclaim!
This is, it's apparent, an album of ideas and feelings that were dying to come out, and Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi have expressed them with beauty and technical expertise beyond their 20 years.
85
The 405
There's nothing new with the sounds they've explored, but what they've managed to do beautifully is combine a wide range of sounds and influences to create a mesmerising debut record.
80
NME
While there's heartache here, ‘Ibeyi’ is uplifting and prayer-like; its songs often built only from earthy drums, piano and palm-slaps.
80
The Line of Best Fit
It’s a total package, using personal trauma and strength of spirit to conjure the emotional gamut, as well as using (ostensibly) innate talents for manipulating sound to keep you returning for more.
80
musicOMH
It may only be February but it already feels unlikely that 2015 will produce an album that is so deeply and intrinsically indebted to the themes of family and belonging as the self-titled debut by Ibeyi.
80
HipHopDX
At 20, Ibeyi have produced an album that belies their youth. It’s poignant, haunting, and often consumed with death.
80
AllMusic
Ibeyi's sound is deliberately sparse, as reliant on Santerian religious chants as it is on 21st century Euro soul.
80
No Ripcord

With such masterful creativity and an ability to connect with listeners emotionally, no matter what language they are singing in, Ibeyi may have already released the debut album of the year. 

74
Pitchfork

Instrumentally, their music is sparse. But it always feels full, with emotion and the kind of spirituality that is as deep as the people and circumstances that created it.

60
DIY
‘Ibeyi’ as a whole piece doesn’t quite do justice to the conceptual potency that lies within it.
60
Tiny Mix Tapes

Ibeyi is an uneven but sturdily promising debut.

60
The Guardian

As stand-alone tracks they work, but side-by-side, you can’t help but wish they’d try something outside this comfort zone.

holsgr
38
☆☆ ~ Tolerable listen but overmuch flawed and intricate. It could be better than this.
adambdonoval
93
Pure magic!
EMR
46
The french sisters bring out some interesting ideas on their debut, ostensibly picturing some of their roots and using these origins to craft a delusive, but hardly seductive experience with few highlights and an inconsistent production quality. There are some beautiful, emotive tracks throughout the record, but it gets rather difficult to track their mindset in this work.
Caleb
100
its just so beautiful
SeenYourVideo
75
The harmonious Buena Vista girls.
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Track List

  1. Eleggua (Intro)
  2. Oya
  3. Ghosts
  4. River
  5. Think of You
  6. Behind the Curtain
  7. Stranger / Lover
  8. Mama Says
  9. Weatherman
  10. Faithful
  11. Yanira
  12. Singles
  13. Ibeyi (Outro)
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