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Master of My Make-Believe

Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2012 Ratings: #476 / 955
User Score
Based on 72 ratings
2012 Ratings: #198
May 1, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Downtown / Atlantic / Label
Electropop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Spin

Master of My Make-Believe turns friction into fire, its flippantly skewed pop anthems doubling as obviously personal documents of Santi White's unwillingness to let anyone get over on her.

82
Beats Per Minute

Master of My Make-Believe is not a huge leap from Santogold, but it is by no means a retread.

80
PopMatters

I would place this album among the strongest work coming out in both the realms of indie and pop music these days

75
A.V. Club

Short on big thrills and surprises, but generous enough with the creature comforts that made Santigold’s debut such a gem. 

70
musicOMH

In her quest to make her own brand of gimmick free progressive pop, Santigold has made an album that, for all its faults, intermittently works.

70
The 405

Much like her debut, Master Of My Make Believe is a brilliant album in its entirety

70
FACT Magazine

Master Of My Make-Believe consequently feels slight in comparison to its predecessor, and its missteps more glaring

65
Paste

Master of My Make-Believe is by no means a disappointment, but it falls short of the expectation that has been gestating for the past four years.

63
Pitchfork

It offers a polished assortment of tidily global-sounding, mid-tempo pop tunes that seem to end before they ever kick off

50
Drowned in Sound

Master of My Make Believe has the feel of being made deliberately difficult to listen to; obstructionist for the sake of being obstructionist, confrontational without really having anything to argue against - except what might, ultimately, be self-imposed expectations. 

50
Consequence of Sound

The resulting effort is decidedly average, sticking rather close to Santigold’s comfort zone and leaving us with a few gems, some weaker numbers, and most telling of all, a chunk of meh-worthy cuts.

50
Under The Radar

What comes after on Master of My Make-Believe lands with a bit of a thud in contrast; lots of filler propped up by a few far-out pop jams, possessing as many ups and downs as her 2008 debut record.

usedtobe
88
Fantastic electropop album that shifts from ultra groovy to melodic. Must listen.
Hops
78
Top 5 Tracks
- GO!
- Look At These Hoes
- Freak Like Me
- The Keepers
- Big Mouth
100
Everyone else says I'm crazy... but this is my favorite album of all-time.
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Year End Lists

#3/Slant
#10/SPIN
#22/Complex
#30/Exclaim!
#37/AllMusic
#39/Gigwise
#74/PopMatters

Track List

  1. GO! (feat. Karen O) 
  2. Disparate Youth 
  3. God From The Machine 
  4. Fame 
  5. Freak Like Me 
  6. This Isn't Our Parade 
  7. The Riot's Gone 
  8. Pirate In The Water 
  9. The Keepers 
  10. Look At These Hoes 
  11. Big Mouth
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Added on: February 21, 2012