Shedding Skin

Ghostpoet - Shedding Skin
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2015 Ratings: #252 / 771
User Score
Based on 45 ratings
2015 Ratings: #232
March 2, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Play It Again Sam / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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Drowned in Sound
The record is alive. It has punch, guts, heart, all the things you would hope for really, whilst at the same time maintaining the central potency of what made Ghostpoet so great in the first place.
‘Shedding Skin’ sees him map out his stories over an organic, live band canvas for the first time; in doing so, Ghostpoet has created a record that feels timeless in a way his scratchy bedroom productions could never have dreamed of.

Shedding Skin might be the Ghostpoet album to begin with for those who prefer something a bit traditional, but with three excellent efforts from the get-go, the point isn't where to start, but to start, because the rewards are consistent and plentiful.

Don't be surprised if Ghostpoet is on Mercury minds once more with this excellent effort.
The Guardian
Beyond a few piano-led lulls, the new Radiohead-tinged direction sounds compelling and thoughtful.
The Line of Best Fit

Shedding Skin really does feel like a rebirth, emerging from dark night of his previous work, albeit to a hazy dawn.

The 405

Shedding Skin is a bold move for an artist so associated with a different sonic cadence, and kudos to Ejimiwe for trying to artistically reposition himself.

The Skinny
The risk Ejimiwe takes in trading out drowsy electronica for driving drumbeats and serrated guitars is that his conversational tales no longer have an aura of shadow to hide their occasional lack of development.
Ghostpoet is Obaro Ejimiwe and came to my attention during the run of credits for the film, "iBoy" which featured his track, "Be Right Back, Moving House." Brilliant track which immediately led to my seeking a copy of his, "Shedding Skin" release. It's been a cautious year for me in terms of music I want to own. Frankly, there is just too much crap being released with too few bands actually making a forward statement by way of originality and accomplished ... read more
I wouldn't call this album hip hop, but it is a unique listen with elements from all over the place. Really cool.
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Track List

  1. Off Peak Dreams
  2. X Marks the Spot (feat. Nadine Shah)
  3. Be Right Back, Moving House (feat. Paul Smith)
  4. Shedding Skin (feat. Melanie De Biasio)
  5. Yes, I Helped You Pack (feat. Etta Bond)
  6. That Ring Down the Drain Kind of Feeling (feat. Nadine Shah)
  7. Sorry My Love, It's You Not Me (feat. Lucy Rose)
  8. Better Not Butter
  9. The Pleasure in Pleather
  10. Nothing in the Way
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Added on: February 25, 2015