Real High

Nite Jewel - Real High
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2017 Ratings: #202 / 721
User Score
Based on 52 ratings
2017 Ratings: #299
May 5, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Gloriette / Label
Synthpop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

92
Paste

Everything about Real High, from Gonzalez’s vocals to the hooks and the production, is so sophisticated and smoothly effective as pop that it raises questions about the difference between underground and mainstream music.

80
Drowned in Sound

The album will appeal to new fans, but for anyone that has followed Nite Jewel’s creative ascendance over the years, Real High will stand out as the artistic apex of what she has attempted to create during her short but eventful career.

80
The 405

Suffice to say, Real High is a considered, mature statement for Nite Jewel. There is no resentment in these songs, only a wistful kind of understanding.

80
God Is in the TV

Real High is a classic love album but with a very modern twist. Nite Jewel presents slick, sleek music. She is glacial in her candour.

80
Under The Radar

Real High is the best Nite Jewel record and most definitely one of the best of 2017 so far.

80
AllMusic

An artful mix of focus and atmosphere, Real High may be Nite Jewel's finest moment to date.

75
Pitchfork

Ramona Gonzalez digs back into the ’90s to find the right R&B moods for her latest album as Nite Jewel, her most focused work yet with many nods to new jack swing and Janet Jackson.

68
GIGsoup

Though her blending of subgenres manages to effectively confuse our expectations, the warm, minimalist aesthetic, which she has continuously shown she owns, fails to support an attempt at sunnier, livelier tracks.

60
PopMatters

Save a few strong tracks scattered throughout, Real High comes across as inconsequential background music of the aesthetically pleasing variety.

holsgr
39
☆½ ~ Exiguous and quite unsteady listen. Not my thing.
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Track List

  1. In the Nite
  2. Had to Let Me Go
  3. 2 Good 2 Be True
  4. Real High
  5. The Answer
  6. I Don't Know
  7. When I Decide (It's Alright)
  8. Who U R
  9. Part of Me
  10. Obsession
  11. R We Talking Long
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Added on: March 21, 2017