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Kelsey Lu


Debut album from the North Carolina-born cellist and singer-songwriter working with producers Skrillex, Jamie xx and Rodaidh McDonald

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  1. 10.0 |   The Observer

    Lu seems intent to immerse us fully, deeply, intimately into her gossamer creative vision – and she succeeds. An astonishing first album
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  2. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Every song stops you the way a waterfall would — you can still move, but it's all around you, thundering
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  3. 8.5 |   The 405

    This is R&B and dense pop bent to its creators will, rather than anything the other way around. This is Beyoncé for a panic attack. This is, only more and more so with time spent in its valleys and peaks, essential listening
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  4. 8.0 |   The Music

    Something rather special is happening here
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  5. 8.0 |   Clash

    ‘Blood’ is a work that speaks for itself, an album that’s boundless, and restlessly pursues the ideas of its creator
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  6. 8.0 |   Crack

    Hers is a timeless soul that resonates beautifully with the cello’s age-worn timbre, one that won’t ever go out of fashion
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  7. 7.5 |   Pitchfork

    Featuring collaborations with Skrillex and Jamie xx, the West Coast transplant’s debut album flips the chamber-folk cello of her debut EP into a contemporary, decidedly Los Angeles hybrid sound
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  8. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    You get the sense she’s still only scratched the surface, stylistically
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