FKA twigs - M3LL155X
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
User Score
Based on 937 ratings
2015 Ratings: #6
Liked by 28 people
August 13, 2015 / Release Date
EP / Format
Young Turks / Label
Art Pop / Genres
fkatwi.gs / Website
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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.

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.

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.

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.

The Needle Drop
UK art pop artist FKA twigs drops a stellar EP outta nowhere.
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.
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.

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

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.

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.


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.

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.

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

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years pass and I still am trying to understand this EP. Original score 76

Favs: Figure 8, I'm Your Doll, In Time, Glass and Patron, MotherCreep


Figure 8: 8
I'm your doll: 8
In Time: 10 (this song is an absolute masterpiece in every way. genius)
Glass & Patron: 9.5
Mothercreep: 9.5
wow. i wasn't expecting the new ep from twigs to come out for a couple more months (i haven't been following the release date much) so this came out of nowhere for me. easily my favorite of her 3 eps, significantly better than both. it's as if twigs took the best moments of LP1 (closer, two weeks, pendulum, video girl) and made them even more spacey and electronically oriented. this proves that fka twigs was far from done with new and adventurous songs, and has much more coming.
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How does she keep improving? What the hell?

"M3LL155X" is yet another evolution to FKA twigs' future R&B sound. There's nothing that needs to be improved here, it just evolves. Every song is an ecstatic treat to listen to and, overall, this is her best material to date!

Figure 8: 9.5
I'm Your Doll: 9
In Time: 10
Glass & Patron: 9.5
Mothercreep: 10

One time, I stuck my hand through my face just like this, and I dropped my butterknife in the toilet.

This album bangs and slaps and you know it.
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Track List

  1. Figure 8
  2. I'm Your Doll
  3. In Time
  4. Glass & Patron
  5. Mothercreep
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Added on: August 13, 2015