FKA twigs - M3LL155X
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
User Score
2015 Ratings: #7
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Pretty Much Amazing

It is unique music at a unique level—rarely do we encounter someone this young and creative who is also this technically skilled.

100
The Independent

With M3LL155X – pronounced “Melissa”, and apparently code for her “personal female energy” – FKA twigs confirms the evidence furnished by last year’s LP1 that she is the most dynamic and imaginative young talent working in British pop music today.

90
Drowned in Sound
On this EP, she taunts from the catwalk, before a million prying eyes, and she’s got every one of ‘em on their knees.
90
PopMatters

By expanding her song topics, her song writing has become even more diverse and much tighter. The vocals still send chills down the spine and everything becomes more grand and obtuse with every song.

90
The Needle Drop
UK art pop artist FKA twigs drops a stellar EP outta nowhere.
86
Pitchfork
A glassy-voiced singer refracting melody through diffuse electronic beats, twigs takes the familiar R&B star as her avatar, but her presentation is more complex: her ideas mar beauty and mine power, and exalt sex without exotifying.
80
NME
Named after what she calls her “personal female energy”, the five tracks on ‘M3LL155X’ feel like parts of a whole, musically and thematically connected in a way you wouldn’t necessarily expect from a between-albums EP.
80
Spin

On M3LL155X, she does seem to be growing stronger, testing the boundaries between light and unfathomable darkness, the breathtaking and the nauseating. 

80
DIY
She’s arguably the most focused, creativity-fuelled act to emerge from the UK for some time, and we’re only just beginning to see the results.
80
Billboard

The songs lack centers, or even hooks, and aren't easily assimilated, but unmistakable themes emerge: Through a feverish haze of sounds and sights, M3LL155X asks big questions about femininity, sex and power.

80
PopMatters

The effect of the album is soothing and challenging all at once; full of complex messaging yet equally suitable as backdrop for studying; worthy of lingering concentration on each and every note or dozing off to on an airplane.

80
NOW Magazine

It's twigs' most experimental offering yet, and a good sign she won't be streamlining her sound for something more accessible (and less exciting) on her sophomore full-length.

80
Spectrum Culture
By pushing her sound to its outer limits, she’s created a record that sounds at once familiar and exciting.
75
Consequence of Sound

At a time when twigs’ reality is becoming more and more public ... the challenge of teasing audience expectations and controlling an artistic persona would seem far greater. With this EP, twigs pulls it off expertly, fracturing and blurring her musical self.

BradTasteMusic
90

A beautiful, haunting project that goes through vulnerability, abuse, and transformation.

This one took some extra effort to fully understand as the poetry is woven in such an otherworldly way. It’s one of this projects strongest upsides, keeping it interesting with every listen. Once you understand these tracks, they become obvious with further listens. A great example of “the more listens the better”.

I can’t even begin with the sound of this thing. It’s ... read more

MothaOfMotha12
95

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sophia_cursed
85

Revenge, jealousy, sex, submission, motherhood, freedom and Tahlilah with the same level of excellence as always.

M3LL1X5 is a dark, disturbing, uncomfortable (in the good sense of the word) EP from the singer who seems to be the Björk of this generation. This EP is where the production and the autotune show off more than ever in her other works, although I like Magdalene more, this album is better in these terms, it really helps these songs, the maximum example is In Time (my favorite): ... read more

oreobutoreo
100

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s3samestreet
86

Such a good point in twigs' career, a perfect transition between her two albums. It's anxiety inducing at points but that's not always a bad thing, the industrial instrumentals with these ungodly yet ethereal vocals are incredible.

toyybox
99

Vroom Vroom but better

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Track List

1Figure 8
3:03
94
2I'm Your Doll
3:10
89
3In Time
4:32
95
4Glass & Patron
4:18
94
5Mothercreep
3:36
93
Total Length: 18 minutes

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Added on: August 13, 2015