Spell 31

Ibeyi - Spell 31
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2022 Ratings: #189 / 330
User Score
Based on 94 ratings
2022 Ratings: #149
Liked by 4 people
May 6, 2022 / Release Date
LP / Format
XL / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Clash

Ibeyi has continued to present the bejewelled depths of their spiritual and ancestral heritage with great success; it's clear that their source is not only deeply personal but boundless too.

80
The Line of Best Fit

As always, a new Ibeyi album feels like therapy for the world; these are topical songs of growth and affirmation; of defiance and grief.

80
DIY
Exploring identities past and present playfully, and with immediacy.
80
AllMusic

Working closely with XL label boss and producer Richard Russell, the sisters continue to make a serene and highly appealing kind of pop music informed by their Afro-Cuban heritage.

78
Pitchfork
Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz’s rhythm-forward third album is a syncretic celebration of sounds and traditions that shimmers with color and joy.
70
Uncut

French-Cuban twins' softly pitched, strong-minded third.

70
Loud and Quiet
Naomi opts for a low and raspy delivery, while Lisa-Kaindé is clear and piercing. When they’re having this much fun with it, it’s easy to wish Ibeyi cast their spell for longer.
70
Spectrum Culture
Channeling African divine healers, love is found, lost and found again through familial bonds.
70
God Is in the TV
Copying the structure of the original but this time with Ibeyi providing their own take, it consists of list of deceased people (including Prince) that like the healing traditions of the past have giving the sisters crucial motivation in their lives.
Hayden7575
80

The instrumentals on ‘Spell 31’ have enough of a presence to give each track an underlying sense of structure, but take an intentional backseat to their vocals, which are more than capable of handling the rest. The sisters come together to create absolutely beautiful melodies, and the mixing across the record is pristine, striking a perfect balance between calming atmosphere and enjoyable grooves.

While they often take a more subtle approach, a soaring track like ... read more

deluxeversion
87

simplesmente passado em como uma recomendação corriqueira de uma amiga se transformou em um dos melhores que ouvi esse ano. os sons tribais e os ritmos que essas irmãs trazem a esse álbum faz com que a experiência seja muito mais que proveitosa. delicioso projeto.

Crx
80

Spell 31 is more polished and consistend than their last album. Short yet satisfying, unique and creative, all killer no filler.

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Added on: February 10, 2022