Jon Batiste - WE ARE
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 170 ratings
2021 Ratings: #15
Liked by 15 people
March 19, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Verve / Label
Soul / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Spill Magazine

Often nostalgic for other eras and artists, Batiste remains truly unique as he joins the class of Kendrick Lamar, Anderson. Paak, and Gary Clark Jr. only in the sense that We Are is a record unlike anything else in the last decade and could only have been written by Batiste.

90
AllMusic

Batiste's genre-mashing reinforces the album's theme of intergenerational wisdom, and it's also wonderfully fun.

80
Albumism

The album is an infectious slice of uplifting, enjoyable soul that gathers the markers of Black music into a musical palette that is delivered with gusto and deep joy.

Case
75
This album isn’t perfect and has some moments that I don’t think completely work, but it’s an impressive and soulful album that displays Jon Batiste's insane talent and potential not only as a musician but as an artist.

Before listening to this, I had heard and seen Jon Batiste play before, mainly because he is the musical director on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and because he helped create the score for the Pixar movie “Soul”. I was intrigued to listen to ... read more
MasterCrackfox
84
As should come as no surprise, the bandleaders associated with many late night shows are exceptional talents. Jimmy Fallon famously hosts hip hop group The Roots as his in-house band, James Corden has exceptional comedian/musician Reggie Watts of Comedy Bang! Bang! fame, Seth Meyers has longtime friend Fred Armisen and his band on set who is not just an SNL alum but also an accomplished musician, and Paul Shaffer may be the most famous late night bandleader ever from working with David ... read more
noisefirst
80
FIRST LISTEN: A real picnic of an album, masterfully assembled to fit loads of different genres, tempos and instrumentation into one tidy, soulful package.
prets
62
WE ARE [feat. St. Augustine High School... 7.2/10
TELL THE TRUTH 7.2/10
CRY 7/10
I NEED YOU 6/10
WHATCHUTALKINBOUT 6.7/10
BOYHOOD [feat. PJ Morton & Trombone Shorty] 6.7/10
MOVEMENT 11' 6.6/10
ADULTHOOD [feat. Hot 8 Brass Band] 7/10
MAVIS —
FREEDOM 7.5/10
SHOW ME THE WAY [feat. Zadie Smith] 7/10
SING 6.2/10
UNTIL —
NTTR
55
Jon Batiste - We are

Genre: Neo Soul
Country: US

Final Verdict: 55% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 241th / 300

Highlight: We Are

Made me think of:
Tyler, the Creator
Thundercat
Arlo Parks
Frank Ocean
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Track List

  1. WE ARE [feat. St. Augustine High School...
  2. TELL THE TRUTH
  3. CRY
  4. I NEED YOU
  5. WHATCHUTALKINBOUT
  6. BOYHOOD [feat. PJ Morton & Trombone Shorty]
  7. MOVEMENT 11'
  8. ADULTHOOD [feat. Hot 8 Brass Band]
  9. MAVIS
  10. FREEDOM
  11. SHOW ME THE WAY [feat. Zadie Smith]
  12. SING
  13. UNTIL
  14. It's All Right [feat. Celeste]
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Added on: February 25, 2021