Joy Crookes - Skin
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2021 Ratings: #22 / 660
User Score
Based on 238 ratings
2021 Ratings: #99
Liked by 26 people
October 15, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Insanity / Label
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It does everything a debut should, dipping into multiple pools but uniting them all with a consistent outlook and a clear voice. Joy Crookes, by rights, should be riding ‘Skin’ into the big leagues.
Across ‘Skin’, the 13 smooth jams showcase Joy Crookes not only as a vocalist or candid writer but as the new face of British soul. While many artists chase nostalgia, Crookes offers a different way forward by disregarding the traditional boundaries of classicism.
She allows herself to revel in her own possibility of healing, singing directly about her past and who she wants to become, letting her formidable voice guide the way: cool, curious, full of momentum.

Skin is a triumph for Joy Crookes, who pulls from a wide variety of influences and stories to bring an album that indicates a lot of potential.

The Guardian

The Bangladeshi-Irish south Londoner’s urgent debut album laces trauma and social commentary with bouncing melody and retro stylings.


Recorded in Abbey Road with co-producer Blue May, Skin takes in soul, jazz and trip-hop, and more than fulfils her early promise.

genuinely the reincarnation of amy winehouse.
Joy Crookes has a captivating voice, rich with emotion. She definitely shows the influence of those London soul artists that came before her, particularly Amy Winehouse, I even think there was a lyrical reference to her in ‘Unlearn You’ when she sings “I’m back in black again”. Speaking of lyrics, the lyrical theme of skin reappears throughout album, a nice idea to tie the whole project together. The string arrangements were nice at first but I think they became a ... read more
'Skin' it's the most classical soul/r&b album that an UK artist could make at the moment. The comparisons with Amy Winehouse will be quoted obviously, but there's many more women in Soul music that could be credited here as well. Joy Crookes feels like the type of singer that is missed in the spotify charts and radio nowadays, her cadence is solid and so it's the vocal delivery in every track, the record has a nice pace just cause she knows how to manage the words, with the right amount of ... read more
O primeiro trabalho musical de longa duração da Sr. Crookes, vulgo, seu primeiro álbum. Seu "início" no cenário musical, obra servente de prova para o peso artístico em seus trabalho como artista. Sendo ela, Joy, uma jovem mulher bangladexeana do Sul de Londres, sussedidamente, soa como tal. O início de uma promessa, de descendência lambeth, no cenário musical atual.
Skin - o dito cujo -, novamente falando, sussedidamente ... read more
I honestly can't fault this album at all, it's beautiful.

Ive heard bits of Joy Crookes before and she has an amazing soulful voice, I've just never listened to a full album and I wish I had been more up to date with her music! The style feels both modern and classic sounding at the same time, and I could listen to her sing all day.

The beauty in this album is in the simplicity, it isn't too busy, but it is also packed full of heartwarming soulful songs, with a lot of modernized Jazz ... read more
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Added on: August 6, 2021