Santigold - 99¢
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2016 Ratings: #581 / 758
User Score
Based on 110 ratings
2016 Ratings: #455
February 26, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

82
Paste

That sense of sunny cheekiness radiates throughout the album, especially on songs that openly accept established pop paradigms.

80
Clash

Santigold is at her best when the production behind her has plenty of Caribbean-inflected bounce but throughout ‘99¢’, she proves that she deserves more success than she gets.

80
Drowned in Sound

99 Cents is the brightest and biggest album she’s ever made, a complex confection sold with a knowing wink.

80
AllMusic

Though 99 Cents is Santigold's most accessible work yet, it feels like the mainstream meeting White on her terms rather than vice versa, and the results are often irresistible.

80
DIY

Unexplored avenues, Nutriblended genre combinations, and left-field pop gold have always been Santigold’s bag, and though the price tag here may be ‘99¢,’ she’s never sounded freer.

75
A.V. Club

99¢ continues the singer’s trend of building infectious, body-shaking beats and mixing them with a syrupy set of affected lyrics. In short, expect the expected.

70
musicOMH

99¢ is slick, soulful and full of the imaginative use of reference points that she is so accomplished at bending to her will.

70
Rolling Stone

The smarts, confidence and versatility of 99¢ are undeniable.

68
Pitchfork

For all its colorful packaging and flirtations with bubblegum pop, 99¢ feels constrained, like she took the cover image literally and vacuum-sealed all of her best traits—reggae-tinted riffs, candy-colored fashion, Casio synths—into one too-neat package.

67
Pretty Much Amazing

While 99¢ manages to find its footing at a number of points, it never manages to prop itself up as a whole.

65
Under The Radar

The tracklist starts to lose steam a little toward the end, but 99¢ is best experienced as a collection of singles, anyway, and it's another worthy addition to Santigold's hugely varied repertoire.

60
Slant Magazine

What 99¢ really lacks is Santigold's ability to fuse her countless creative preoccupations and genre competencies into three-minute bursts of cohesive songwriting.

60
Exclaim!

99¢ is an album buoyed by its sonic playfulness, but which fails to shake its playlist sensibility —  entertaining, engaging but only occasionally leaving a lasting impression.

60
The Guardian

Tolerance will vary for her reedy and slightly hectoring voice, and there are some this’ll-do melodies with no logic or engine. But she still hints at being the omnivorous pop star we need.

60
No Ripcord

99¢ hits all the right synth keys, concocts the stickiest melodies, and strategically presents its twelve tracks as self-contained little shots of musical stimulants.

60
Spin

She’s got the production class of ’16 behind the boards ... Corralling these names was savvy on White’s part, but their presence alone doesn’t guarantee their A-game, especially when she’s not in peak form herself. 

60
NOW Magazine

The uptempo rock-influenced tracks are the most successful, and the latter half of the album is weighed down by sleepy slower songs. It’s initially fun to play spot-the-references, but in the best moments the sounds are harder to pin down.

58
Consequence of Sound

Instead of mirroring the content with glossy pop, she flips through musical styles like she’s trying on shoes. 99¢ is genre-less without losing cohesion — and it makes you dance in the process.

50
Tiny Mix Tapes

The problem that I’m writing my way around here is not that 99¢ is too calculated, but that the calculations just don’t add up. For every song that I replay, there’s another that I skip.

siberianbreaks
54
Besides the colourful production with its Caribbean and New Wave influences, Santigold doesn't really offer anything really fresh or exciting with this new effort. All I can say about the best moments is that they're simply catchy, but even that aspect won't give the album any lasting appeal.

Favourite tracks: Can't Get Enough of Myself, Rendezvous Girl
Space Vacation
80
"L.E.S Artistes" is a Top 100 song for me but I will admit I've never fully committed to a Santogold/Santigold project before tonight.
Admittedly I am terrible at listening to things and especially going back and trying a second or third time to listen to the same record I failed to sit through before; so trying her newest endeavor made more sense to me than trying to listen to her debut.

ILoveMakonnen makes a very questionable appearance on an otherwise great track with a stellar ... read more
Z.Younk
61
I was going to buy this because every in-store copy says 99 Cents on a big yellow star but they tried charging me 9.99 and frankly it just ins't worth 10x its title.

While hearing her abandon her more indie sound with Caribbean influence, she showcases her love for the bubblegum sound of the 50's and 60's retail pop and prove she is worthy of huge radio success. Unfortunately it sounds a little too reserved for me, like a hermetically sealed version of what she's capable of.
Hops
76
Top 5 Tracks
- Can't Get Enough of Myself
- Chasing Shadows
- Rendezvous Girl
- Banshee
- All I Got
64
A mixed bag overall. Santigold tries to pull off a strange concept album on commercialism, but it sometimes comes off as an excuse to pass off some of the more generic songs. A few songs here are pretty difficult to stomach, which is a shame, because a decent number are actually quite good. Listen to the album, pick your favorites, and skip the rest.
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Track List

  1. Can't Get Enough of Myself (feat. B.C.)
  2. Big Boss Big Time Business
  3. Banshee
  4. Chasing Shadows (feat. Mason Lee)
  5. Walking in a Circle
  6. Who Be Lovin Me (feat. ILOVEMAKONNEN)
  7. Rendezvous Girl
  8. Before the Fire
  9. All I Got
  10. Outside the War
  11. Run the Races
  12. Who I Thought You Were
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