L'Rain - Fatigue
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Based on 5 reviews
2021 Ratings: #170 / 585
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Based on 198 ratings
2021 Ratings: #126
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At just under half an hour, the album's running time is relatively brief, but it feels like it encompasses Cheek's entire life so far, and it's a uniquely powerful expression of her uncompromising vision.
The Brooklyn songwriter and sound artist’s second album is a kind of spiritual accounting, a swirling blend of orchestral groans and human whispers that evokes subconscious drift.
The Line of Best Fit

Each element of Fatigue has its importance, distinguishing itself also by the prowess of some great and varied highlights ... One even ends up regretting that Fatigue is so short.

Spectrum Culture
These 14 tracks are like great blotchy abstract expressionist paintings that have to be seen in person, little Rothkos of song.
Beats Per Minute

There’s a purposely otherworldly vibe to these 29 minutes, but the moments when Cheek the artist is most nakedly visible in the constellation are when Fatigue feels most successful.

It’s not often you hear the influence of Animal Collective creep into the music of today. I did hear shades of it earlier in the year with Spirit of the Beehive and now I hear it coming from L’Rain and their second album Fatigue. The group is lead by Taja Cheek and this short album is an interesting trip. When it comes to genre, its all over the place with opener “Fly, Die” being more of a sound collage, the 6 minute “Find It” melding together art pop, ... read more
Absolutely incredible and lush album. The singles leading up to Fatigue intrigued me, but I was surprised at how beautifully the album cohered into an experience that somehow feels incredibly immersive, ethereal, and enveloping. I'm not smart enough to contemplate the correct vocabulary to describe the album; either way, I highly recommend this for anyone who’s interested in a more whimsical and psychedelic strain of R&B!
Fatigue is the sophomore LP from Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and musician Ms. Taja Cheek, aka L'Rain. This record dabbles in sound collage and experiments with various styles such as art pop, psychedelic soul, jazz, and shoegaze, all while maintaining a consistent and focused sound throughout. The record even grazes some dance sounds on tracks like "Kill Self" and "Two Face". There were some duds, however, like the weird use of autotune on "IV" and the opening ... read more
L'Rain's "Fatigue" is an apocalyptic, distort and terrific work in experimental music.
What an interesting album. I have no clue what anything is about but there's so much good stuff going on especially on the singles. Lovely production and vocals. Love the collage of sounds she explores in under 30 minutes
Faves: Blame Me, Suck Teeth, Two Face
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Added on: March 31, 2021