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May 22, 2019
78
The second half of this record loses me, unfortunately. I say unfortunately, because I genuinely find the first 5 tracks of this album incredibly compelling. Love that JPEG feature.
May 18, 2019
92
I feel like I heard a completely different album than some of the reviews i’m reading here.

IGOR is a pop album. It’s a damn good one, too. It borrows sonically from a wide array of genres, but masterfully walks the line to never fall quite into one categorization. But every song - really every last one - is catchy, sticks in the back of your head, and yet manages to surprise you with its experimental and unpredictable production.

I love this record. I’m kind of blown ... read more
May 18, 2019
80
Delivers on the promise of EMOTION; that is, it’s stupidly fun, incredibly hook-centered 80’s inspired bubblegum pop done perfectly.

Best Tracks: Real Love, Everything He Needs, Happy Not Knowing
May 17, 2019
59
This is a very frustrating album for me. Some of these songs are woven together in a compelling way, and then the other half are mixed so half-assed that is becomes distracting, boring, and unconvincing. It's clear the inspirations KARYYN is drawing from - Bjork being the obvious comparison, but FKA Twigs, Julia Holter, and Half Waif all come to mind - but this album comes off as uninspired derivatives of its betters than a truly interesting record. The more sound-scapey ambient songs off this ... read more
May 15, 2019
81
Gonna spend more time with this one, but I think this is a really impressive turnout for Jamila. I was a little worried when I first began this record because I didn’t like BETTY all that much (and it inexplicably shows up on this record twice). But, lyrically, BALDWIN, ZORA, and BASQUAIT really won me over.

I think both BETTY tracks could have been scrapped, and this would have been a tighter, more convincing record for me. ZORA and MUDDY are bangers!
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60-69
 
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