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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Guardian
It’s a brilliant reimagining of 21st-century pop as a space in which the traditional and experimental can cohabit.
80
Evening Standard

So far it feels like ii offers the most complete experience as a single album.

80
The Line of Best Fit

KiCK ii dives deeper within the experimental reggaeton pop intersection Arca developed on the first installment of the series.

80
NME

‘ii’ draws heavily on reggaetón, before warping its rhythms with menacing washes of synthesiser, and wonky vocal manipulation.

80
The Skinny

While KiCk i could be seen as deconstructed club music, KiCK ii is deconstructed reggaeton. A great idea (see DJ Python), but it makes for some of the least interesting music of the whole collection.

80
Loud and Quiet

While KICK ii does play with reggaeton on experimental and apocalyptic cuts like ‘Prada’ and ‘Rakata’, the genre is one of many styles that the producer deforms.

80
Exclaim!

Even at her most accessible, Arca refuses to paint from a predictable palette. But for all her experimentation and chaotic tangents, it is clear in KICK ii that she is acutely aware of the balance necessary to build a bop.

67
A.V. Club

The onslaught of music masks how well KICK ii refines KiCk i’s chaotic, free-flying spirit into something smoother and more muted.

60
The Arts Desk
There is beauty, and thought-provoking innovation here. Just don’t expect it to be handed to you on a plate.
SnakeyWakey
90

Venezuelans are so cool! I wish they were real 😔

R1v3r__
89

Mutants are so cool, wish they were real tho.

BaddieBaphomet
70

NO NUANCE REVIEW

Solid stuff, but it honestly just feels like a deluxe version of KICK i and doesn’t really rise above its predecessor’s best moments. Entertaining sequel if not completely necessary, and Arca is still one of the only artists who make reggaeton that I would listen to for my own enjoyment.

Iwannabeyourguy
100

Coming "luna llena" and I will become a bad wizard. I am bellako, thank you, solo hay un tipo de bruja.

90

doña 10/10
prada 10/10
rakata 10/10
tiro 10/10
luna llena 10/10
lethargy 7/10
araña 10/10
femme 8/10
muñecas 9/10
confianza 9/10
born yesterday 8/10
andro 7/10
9/10

75

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Track List

1Doña
1:46
76
2Prada
2:43
88
3Rakata
2:31
86
4Tiro
2:18
85
5Luna Llena
3:19
86
6Lethargy
2:07
71
7Araña
4:17
70
8Femme
1:42
69
9Muñecas
3:33
72
10Confianza
1:47
72
11Born Yesterday
3:18
with Sia
77
12Andro
4:35
78
Total Length: 34 minutes

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Added on: October 1, 2021