AOTY 2021

An Evening with Silk Sonic

Silk Sonic - An Evening with Silk Sonic
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Based on 15 reviews
2021 Ratings: #138 / 682
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2021 Ratings: #3
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On ‘An Evening With Silk Sonic’, the magic is in the way that the music moves: the songs are radiant and full of joy, formed from the synergy of two relentlessly creative minds.


It might only be nine tracks long—practically sacrilege in the streaming age—but An Evening is a supremely enjoyable album that will leave listeners begging for more.


Although it captures the feeling of a bygone era with such accuracy, An Evening with Silk Sonic still feels current and avoids sounding parodic. .Paak and Mars each contribute their own modern take on the music rather than trying to mimic greats of the past.


An Evening With Silk Sonic marks the pinnacle of Bruno Mars’ and Anderson .Paak’s respective musical careers, and it seems that they couldn’t have found better partners to climax with.

Under The Radar
In the world of Silk Sonic, the champagne never stops flowing, the grooves go all night long, and everybody is having a great time. It doesn’t get much more complicated than that, and it doesn’t need to. Take the trip back in time and you’ll find escapist pop at its finest.
Entertainment Weekly
The pair are clearly having fun with their loverman shtick here — a knowing throwback to a more-cowbell era when all the cars were Monte Carlos, the lamps were lava, and #MeToo was but a distant, joy-killing dream.
That the groove will be locked down is never in question. Silk Sonic are gonna do what Silk Sonic are gonna do. The only question is whether you or the unnamed love interest are joining them. And you should. 'An Evening With Silk Sonic' is a real good time.
Rolling Stone
The most enjoyable record Mars has been a part of — a glorious excuse to turn out the lights, break out the bubbly and let the sublime power of their almost troublingly uncanny retro verisimilitude work its mimetic magic on your soul and mind.
The Independent
Yes, it’s all cheesy as a vat of fondue. But it’s also a lot of fun.
After a few listens, sadly, the novelty begins to wane and the Soul Train magic comes to an abrupt halt. Each track soon starts to blend into one another before they ultimately fade into background music for shopping at Banana Republic or Whole Foods.

The pairing of Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars makes for an enjoyable tribute to retro soul, funk and R&B.


The duo's playfulness here verges on hammy at times -- more often than on their solo recordings. The trade-off is that they push each other into new levels of showmanship without pandering to the audience.

The Needle Drop
A fun little blast of classic soul revivalism.
Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak’s faithful and loving ode to ’70s R&B has a distinctly light touch, which works both for and against the project.
No Ripcord
It’s not cynical and calculated enough to be a shameless cash-grab yet it’s not self-indulgent enough to be a vanity project. Perhaps it’s just a stopgap in the catalogues of two big-selling artists; an intended homage to the music that made Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak. They’re making this music because they like it, because they want to, and because they can.
There are some collaborations that are so obviously meant to be that it’s a matter of time, like Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion or Doja Cat and Rico Nasty. Then there are collaborations that are so unpredictable that you wonder how they even got in the same room together, which can result in something great but can just as easily turn disastrous like both collaborations with Ed Sheeran and Eminem. Then there are collaborations like Silk Sonic, which, if you’re like me, you may not ... read more
If someone had told me that a collaboration like this would exist, I honestly wouldn't have believed it. An Evening with Silk Sonic shines by this capacity to offer retro ballads as catchy as formidable that we owe to an alchemy that works wonderfully.

In my opinion, An Evening with Silk Sonic is without question the most surprising album of the year, in the sense that we are talking about a collaboration as irrational as fantastic that gave birth to an unlikely alche-my. On the one hand ... read more
Bruno and Anderson just made a victory lap album as their first album... They knew their impact and skated away with it.

Silk Sonic! The duo collaboration of pop superstar, Bruno Mars, and R&B/Neo-soul mastermind, Anderson .Paak easily makes up one of the more interesting mainstream acts of 2021. To end off a massively successful year of the duo, they drop their debut album, “An Evening with Silk Sonic”. This album was incredibly hyped up through singles like “Leave the ... read more
Anderson .Paak is the first artist that I’ve listened to that’s music allowed me to branch out and explore more genres. Bruno’s music has been with me my whole life branching back almost ten years now. After hearing about their collaboration album in the works, I was beyond excited to see how they would work together. After eight months of waiting, it’s finally here.

About a year after COVID started, there’s been a lot of good and bad music, but the reason ... read more
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Added on: February 25, 2021