Lion Babe - Begin
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2016 Ratings: #682 / 758
User Score
Based on 27 ratings
2016 Ratings: #445
February 5, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor, Outsiders / Label
R&B, Alternative R&B / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

70
Billboard

The cracks in their songwriting and sonics come off as welcome decoration, and their why-the-hell-not bravado is hugely refreshing.

70
AllMusic

Hervey takes cues from forthright soul-funk greats like Chaka Khan, Betty Wright, and Betty Davis, but she has a gentler character that's her own, whether she's singing of body positivity, seducing without compromising herself, or serving up would-be skipping rhymes.

65
The 405

Hiccups aside, Begin is an otherwise highly enjoyable album, one that sees Lion Babe fearless in their willingness to experiment with various styles in order to see what works and what doesn't.

62
Pitchfork

There are no experimental digressions that might alienate the dance floor, no nods to the salad days of Brainfeeder or Ice Cream Records simply for the sake of bolstering the duo’s music-nerd cred. Lion Babe aren’t after cred. They’re after hits.

60
Clash

‘Begin’ may be more of a reverential piece of art than a novel creation, but there is enough substance here to surmise Lion Babe’s future promise.

50
PopMatters

Many of Lion Babe’s ditties fall short of achieving anything in particular, making it a pleasant enough album, but one that is quickly forgettable. 

49
Unique but unfortunately forgettable.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#3/Albumism

Track List

  1. Whole
  2. Jump Hi (feat. Childish Gambino)
  3. Wonder Woman
  4. Impossible
  5. Stressed OUT!
  6. Satisfy My Love
  7. Where Do We Go
  8. On the Rocks
  9. Hold On
  10. Jungle Lady
  11. Got Body
  12. Everyday Life
  13. Treat Me Like Fire
  14. Little Dreamer
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