Second Line

Dawn Richard - Second Line
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2021 Ratings: #317 / 585
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Based on 123 ratings
2021 Ratings: #335
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The Line of Best Fit
Richard’s voice floats through it all, shepherding newcomers with an intoxicating haze. Possessing the dynamism of a true leader, she deftly switches her singing from breathy and euphoric to strong and assured.

Dawn Richard’s Second Line is a gorgeous record featuring fantastic, strange, esoteric sounds playing with house and club conventions. It’s a pioneering record and easily one of the best of the year.

Rolling Stone
The adventurous R&B artist takes her sound to bold new places, while creating a New Orleans funk utopia all her own.
Utilizing the higher platform to simply advance her modern synthesis of pop and dance music styles that have sprung from rhythm & blues, the dynamo also continues to derive concepts from her duplexity as a cultural anthropologist and futurist.
For almost two decades, Dawn Richard has been increasingly beholden to nothing but her own satisfaction as an independent artist. Her sixth album is a decadent testament to her maturation.
Beats Per Minute

Yet another impressive and experimental addition to Dawn’s discography, Second Line proves that this prolific artist is not running out of steam or fresh ideas any time soon.

Spectrum Culture
A cohesive, bold work that dares to draw not only from her heritage but her own personal mythos.
The longtime electronic innovator’s sixth album sees her at once expanding her palette and vision while keeping her roots firmly grounded.
It’s the bookends that provide the moments of real glory on the record, not least the spellbinding emotional vulnerability of ‘The Potter’ (“Are you proud? Who will hold me now?”) and ‘Perfect Storm’.

Richard remains a testament to boundary-pushing, genre bending and expectation-shattering art, though Second Line's tempered grandiosity ultimately leaves her ambition underserved.

The Guardian
There are a lot of ideas, textures and moods that show she’s exploring her own artistry, but while the joy, freedom and fun are palpable, the result feels a bit messy.
Loud and Quiet

In more easily digestible amounts, Second Line contains evidence aplenty that Dawn Richard understands her world better than most.

Ms. Richard has done it again! This is infectious in the best possible way. My body has done some unexplainable moves when I danced to the album.
One of the less appreciated artists in music is releasing another great album ready to conquer the mainstream, alternative media and the underground at the same time, because what she creates is not limited to any framework.
Goddamn that was a boring, painful, corny ass listen. I tried to give Dawn Richard so many chances but she keep on delivering nothing to me.... I just don't care about it anymore.
In my opinion Dawn Richard just doesn’t release weak albums. Her latest Second Line continues her explorations with electronic textures, while mixing that with her processed soulful voice and always paying homage to her hometown of New Orleans. References to New Orleans don’t only come when she’s talking about the challenges that come from loving a New Orleans woman or her experience of living through the “Perfect Storm” when Hurricane Katrina hit, but they are ... read more
Afro futurist Dawn Richard is creating space for Black women/women in general in electronic music and this album is a BLAST🌋 I have been hyping this based on the Jacuzzi and Bussifame singles and the cover art also tell us the potential this woman has in her sleeves. I'll be playing this throughout this year and its an AOTY contender for me
Faves: Jacuzzi, Nostalgia, Bussifame, Pilot, Pressure. Morning streetlights, Radio free, The Potter
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Track List

  1. King Creole (Intro)
  2. Nostalgia
  3. Boomerang
  4. Bussifame
  5. Pressure
  6. Pilot (A Lude)
  7. Jacuzzi
  8. FiveOhFour (A lude)
  9. Voodoo (Intermission)
  10. Mornin Streetlights
  11. Le Petit Morte (A lude)
  12. Radio Free
  13. The Potter
  14. Perfect Storm
  15. Voodoo (Outermission)
  16. SELFish (Outro)
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Added on: February 16, 2021