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Remain In Light

Angelique Kidjo

Remain In Light

The New York-based Beninese singer-songwriter covers the entire Talking Heads' 1980 album produced by Jef Bhasker (Rihanna, Kanye West, Harry Styles, Bruno Mars, Drake, Jay-Z)

ADM rating[?]

7.8

Label
KRAVENWORKS
UK Release date
08/06/2018
US Release date
08/06/2018
  1. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Kidjo brings her finely honed Afropop sounds to one of the 1980s' most iconic new wave albums, packing just as much of a punch as the Talking Heads ever did
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  2. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    A stunning transformation that sheds the nervous, alien nature of these well-worn songs, turning them into something more human, danceable, and, in some cases, more meaningful
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  3. 8.1 |   Paste Magazine

    Like Talking Heads in 1980, Kidjo is faithfully following her muse in search of transcendence. Here she’s found a rich source of it, like water flowing underground
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  4. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    This is not a cover, but a total re-imagining with rather more joie de vivre than the original
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  5. 8.0 |   music OMH

    She’s bringing a perspective which is often fascinating, but never less than interesting
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  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The most fun comes, unsurprisingly, on the funkier first side. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Funkier than anything Byrne or Eno might have imagined almost 40 years ago. Print edition only

  8. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    Kidjo finds her own way into these songs, infusing them with a tactile sense of empathy
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  9. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    While both records can be enjoyed in equal measure, Kidjo has highlighted what a worthwhile venture it is to not merely cover a much-lauded album but to recover and celebrate its influences
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