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For All We Know

Nao - For All We Know
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2016 Ratings: #146 / 905
User Score
Based on 189 ratings
2016 Ratings: #133
Liked by 4 people
July 29, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Little Tokyo, RCA / Label
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The experiences feel lived and the emotional crescendos genuine, but the inferred vagueness of the title belies the certainty at its core: For All We Know is a masterwork.

The 405

A generous full length introduction to one of the most healing vocals and optimistic sonic narratives currently in rotation. 


Her full-length bow, For All We Know, burnishes NAO’s status as one of the U.K.’s brightest new talents, with a full hour of clubby and emotionally complex set pieces.

The Line of Best Fit

For All We Know is among the most impressive debut albums we’ve heard in 2016, and heralds the arrival of Nao as a unique and fascinating figure on the R&B landscape.

The Guardian

The Londoner’s debut, featuring funk enigma AK Paul and a series of voice memos, combines the honeyed with the industrial, her contorted grooves veering between Dam Funk’s scratchy sonics and Stevie Wonder’s spiritual soul.


On ‘For All We Know’ there is a maturity that shines through in its restraint, its confident eschewing of maximalism in favour of slicker, classier structures and melodies.

No Ripcord

For All We Know is an extremely accomplished debut from a supremely talented artist ... Her emotional gradients are defined by her outstanding grasp on texturing both her voice and her electronics, and the production of the record allows this skill to come to the forefront of her debut.


At an impressively thorough 17 tracks long – including a couple of brief but lovely demos in the shape of iPhone voice memos – Nao’s debut album certainly isn’t shy about setting her out as one of the UK’s brightest new talents.


The album has no weak songs. There is an excess of adequate ones, however, and the two tracks repeated from the EPs are unnecessary.


Her music inhabits the arena of high-stakes R&B, where women’s voices are dominant, acrobatic, and impossible for unsympathetic listeners to tune out.

Consequence of Sound

Throughout For All We Know, her vocals display her adventurous spirit, the mixture of electronic and acoustic instrumentation developing into a funky blend.

Pretty Much Amazing

The songwriting can’t sustain interest over the album’s 14 tracks (plus 4 interludes), as opposed to a more succinct 10-12, even though she nabs two highlights that were available on her previous EPs.


It’s her vocal prowess that threads together the line-up of producer-du-jour types that feature on ‘For All We Know’. That, and the infectious grooves that dominate this album provide endless enjoyment.

NOW Magazine

For All We Know could make a stronger statement, but that doesn’t change the fact that Nao’s voice is one of the most exciting – and fun to listen to – in modern R&B.


NAO blasted onto the indie music scene last year with her fantastic EP, February 15. Now, NAO has quickly returned with her first full length LP, For All We Know.

NAO is an interesting figure for a few reasons. For one, she has a very unique and ear-catching voice that separates her from the rest of the Neo-Soul pack. The other thing that makes her intriguing is her ear for wonky, laid back, drunken beats that she shares with her collaborator AK Paul and his more well ... read more
It is mesmerizing debut record proving that a new magical wave is happening in London and Nao is leading it. Great vocal performance for intimate listening croud (give your guests some strong alcohol). Listen to 'we don't give a' - it is fingersnapping dance alone at home moment of the year.
Oh what a surprise, great album, excellent arrangements, different tone of voice, love all of the tracks, the album is so cohesive and the lyrics are perfect.
Great rnb album.
Favs: All the tracks
While a slightly bloated album, the tracks that feel complete really hit home. 'Girlfriend' is a show stopper.
Bad Blood is a damn good song
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Track List

  1. Intro (Like Velvet)
  2. Get to Know Ya
  3. Inhale Exhale
  4. Voice Memo 161
  5. Happy
  6. Voice Memo 162
  7. Adore You [ft. Abhi Dijon]
  8. In The Morning
  9. Trophy [ft. A. K. Paul]
  10. Bad Blood
  11. DYWM
  12. We Don't Give A
  13. Give Me A Little
  14. Fool to Love
  15. Voice Memo 4 (Say Yes)
  16. Blue Wine
  17. Girlfriend
  18. Feels Like (Perfume)
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Added on: May 23, 2016