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Lp1

FKA Twigs

Lp1

Debut album of trip hop / alternative R&B from the London-based singer and dancer Tahliah Barnett

ADM rating[?]

8.5

Label
Young Turks / XL
UK Release date
11/08/2014
US Release date
12/08/2014
  1. 10.0 |   The 405

    Forgive the hyperbole, but her talent is astounding
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  2. 10.0 |   The Independent

    FKA Twigs emerges the high priestess of R&B's latest corruption, and the world will kneel at the altar
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  3. 10.0 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    When LP1 does declare, that sonic cloud snaps into full clarity. A thrill then follows, the recognition that you’ve experienced something new and rare and wondrous
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  4. 9.5 |   The Quietus

    Surely one of the most exciting things to happen in pop music for quite some time
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  5. 9.2 |   Paste Magazine

    It’s a record that drips with sensuality and, yes, sex in all its dynamics and complications
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  6. 9.2 |   Earbuddy

    Barnett has truly delivered a game-changing debut album which pushes all the boundaries while maintaining a considerably expansive reach
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  7. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    Few debuts possess such control and ambition all in one; LP1 is the rare album that manages to sound both lived in and completely futuristic
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  8. 9.0 |   Crack

    A true original, LP1 sees FKA twigs breaking from the doctrine of the mainstream to hone a style that could reach canonical status
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  9. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Although, the sound is all very familiar in one sense – it’s traumatic and tender, it’s sparse and frail – it’s also completely otherworldly
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  10. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    A fantastic debut from an artist who is quickly becoming the curator of her own mental museum
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  11. 9.0 |   Spin

    In its menacing incandescence, LP1 sounds like nothing else in the world right now
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  12. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Spellbinding and artful from the off, she manages to tap into something in her mid-twenties that not many people manage in a lifetime
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  13. 9.0 |   The Music

    There’s no reason to settle for cookie cutter pop music when this sort of delicious arty shit is readily available. Experience this album at least once; ideally spin it plenty more than that
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  14. 9.0 |   FasterLouder

    Every note sung on LP1 is delivered with meaning, the clinical production never contaminating the sincerity on offer
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  15. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Confidently frail and hesitant, LP1 is a refreshing reaction to, and a calm assault upon, the unfathomably fast-paced total noise of the current age
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  16. 9.0 |   Beardfood

    A glorious debut by a unique talent
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  17. 8.8 |   Pitchfork

    Her voice, the most awe-inspiring instrument on the album, flits between Auto-Tuned artifice and raw carnality
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  18. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    This might be FKA twigs' first full-length, but it demands attention. She's bringing influences from every corner of the musical globe and turning them into something cohesive and wonderful
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  19. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    LP1 isn’t anything revolutionary; it’s a frankly expressed project focused on the dualism between love and lust, reality and fantasy
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  20. 8.0 |   All Music

    Rating only. No review
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  21. 8.0 |   State

    She makes a name for herself as a creative, confident powerhouse and not just a girl from the videos
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  22. 8.0 |   Fact

    As with any major pop album, LP1 is a crew effort, there’s no doubt as to whose hand is on the rudder
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  23. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    The album does break through in a variety of ways, especially in its meticulous attention to detail and very precise placement of disparate soundscapes
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  24. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    The record’s successes, its thrills and intimations of where FKA twigs could go with more time and cash on hand, more than make up for its weak spots
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  25. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The production is claustrophobic, the message is stifling. Intimacy is how the worst of oneself becomes the best they have to offer
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  26. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Over the course of the 10 tracks here FKA twigs often leaves you enraptured, however, what’s arguably even more promising is the sense that this fascinating artist can go in any sort of direction from here and achieve even greater heights
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  27. 8.0 |   Clash

    Fragile, heavenly and utterly compelling; this debut paves the way for boundaries-pushing pop
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  28. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A hugely self-possessed debut, the work of an artist whose vision - not only her visual sense - is strong. Print edition only

  29. 8.0 |   Q

    Variously recalling the indie R&B of The xx, the nervy trip-hop of mid-'90s Bristol. Print edition only

  30. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    A unique and thrilling new voice
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  31. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The control and detail create something that is paradoxically intimate but alien
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  32. 8.0 |   Time Out

    ‘LP1’ sounds destined to become a hipster favourite rather than a crossover pop smash, but it’s safe to presume this artist is cool with that
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  33. 8.0 |   DIY

    Clarity is shunned for something more confounding, more intoxicating
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  34. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    LP1 is stylish and substantial, thanks to Barnett’s striking voice and beats that sound as if they’re transmitting from another planet
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  35. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Barnett’s debut may not be bursting with tunes but the seductive, enveloping arrangements attest to her singular talent
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  36. 8.0 |   The FT

    Reinventing herself as a breathy siren floating through a nocturnal landscape of echoing bass and disembodied electronic tones
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  37. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Barnett's music is the latest chapter in the ongoing transatlantic vogue for barely-there R&B, and this album joins her two previously released EPs in providing the subgenre with new heights
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  38. 8.0 |   NME

    Adding to the prickly excitement, Twigs pitches sound against silence, lending her songs a cosmic eeriness
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  39. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A singular piece of work in an overcrowded market
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  40. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    What matters is the way the uncompromising, outspoken and exhilarating physicality of her music on LP1 allows a vital voice to be heard
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  41. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A riveting listen. Print edition only

  42. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    An album where emotion meets physicality
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