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Water Made Us

Jamila Woods

Water Made Us

Third album from the Chicago R&B / soul singer, songwriter and poet

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  1. 9.0 |   Clash

    A project that seems to enhance you, ‘Water Made Us’ shines a light on our solitary thoughts, and invites us to embrace one another
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  2. 8.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    Mostly, Water Made Us celebrates flaws and the ability to work through them in stark contrast to the “I’m fucked up / you’re fucked up” vein of Top 40 or the meme-able adulting spun by the likes of Taylor Swift
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  3. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    The Chicago R&B poet and singer doesn’t just write about losing or finding love: Her tender and curious new album is all about the transformative potential of the journey
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  4. 8.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    Empathetic, vulnerable, and caring, Water Made Us will surely be a timeless record helpful to anyone in the throes of grief or the oddities of being alive
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  5. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Water Made Us is a true libra, holding Woods's porous, chameleon-like nature — "So many women in me," she sang years ago on "BASQUIAT" — with playful reverence
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  6. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Jamila Woods’ Water Made Us is full of creativity. The songs are not just liquid, solid, and gas; they are blood, wine, and soul
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  7. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album is undeniably human in its authentic and sincere navigation of love
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  8. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Blending genres restlessly, the Chicago musician and poet examines the sweet and sour of love with unflinching insight
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  9. 8.0 |   All Music

    Not merely distinct from what Woods has made before, Water Made Us is unique in the way it examines and reflects on love with its philosophical and patient yet unconcealed perspective
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  10. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Between analyzing her own recent past with the empathy and allowances of an emotional anthropologist and the lazy precision of the grooves, Woods pairs harmony with righteousness like the inextricable twins they are
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  11. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Wood's most accessible set to date is also her most ambitious, for its Byzantine approach to its concept, but also for her honesty and openness. Print edition only

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