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Legacy! Legacy!

Jamila Woods

Legacy! Legacy!

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

ADM rating[?]

8.3

Label
Jagjaguwar
UK Release date
10/05/2019
US Release date
10/05/2019
  1. 10.0 |   NME

    One of the albums of the year, this is a confident and self-assured project that affirms the Chicago musician's own place alongside the historical greats she praises
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  2. 10.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    This record could be the basis for a college course or used as an actually accurate history book
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  3. 9.0 |   All Music

    This galvanizing declaration of pride, support, and discontent will no doubt inspire covers itself. Every public library should have at least one copy
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  4. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A series of sleek homages to the various artistic and emotional lineages that Jamila Woods embodies; a neat conceit which holds the album together without dominating it
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  5. 9.0 |   Uncut

    Serves as both a potent primer on the traumas and triumphs of life in a not-so-racial America and an enthralling demonstration of her playful musical sensibility. Print edition only

  6. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Jamila Woods, herself, a poet, singer, activist, and teacher, casts Legacy! Legacy! as a beacon for a type of self-empowerment informed by the predecessors who built and shaped culture
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  7. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    She begins and ends by singing with a “I am not your typical girl,” with a giddy grin. No shit, Jamila!
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  8. 8.5 |   Pitchfork

    The Chicago artist marries political commentary with deep introspection, resulting in a richly composed R&B album about the echoes of the past and the promise of the future.
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  9. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Educates and enrages but also moves, heals, and leaves you full-hearted with hips and shoulders swaying to each track's studied and hypnotic groove
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  10. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Poetry in motion
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  11. 8.0 |   The FT

    The second album by the Chicago-based singer reinterprets her African-American musical heroines and heroes
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  12. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A free-spirited and joyful record, infused with a sense of community and full of affirmations you can repeat in the mirror
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  13. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The Chicago r&b poet plumbs black history to locate her personal place in it, with help from Saba, Nitty Scott
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  14. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    A complex and near-flawless reworking of genre as the singer-songwriter evolves her art, thought and reason for being
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  15. 8.0 |   Clash

    Emotion and passion are apparent in every word, key and chord throughout this project
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  16. 8.0 |   The Music

    Woods constructs lyrics that build on what she has learned from everyone named on this album
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  17. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    NEW Chronicles the adversity that women of color regularly face, but at the heart of Woods’s music is an urgent desire to heal and be healed
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  18. 6.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    As if straining to generate a formal correlative for her busy network of allusions and stated influences, Woods packs her tunes with seemingly bottomless sonic details
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