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The Book Of Traps And Lessons

Kate Tempest

The Book Of Traps And Lessons

Third album of spoken word hip-hop/poetry from the London-born artist produced by Rick Rubin

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  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    On The Book of Traps and Lessons Kate Tempest wraps warm words around the shoulders of lives made wretched by those who breathe easiest
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  2. 9.0 |   All Music

    Emotionally, there's a lot to unpack, but the need to feel and engage more deeply is one of her primary decrees and this powerful album is a lesson worth learning
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    A clever marriage of weighty words and sonic delight. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Potent spoken words matched with vibrant music
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  5. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A project that aims for true altruism and could make anyone wish for a greater reality
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  6. 8.0 |   Clash

    There is a powerful understatement to this album that yields more secrets with every listen
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  7. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Producer Rick Rubin has pared back the effects, giving Tempest’s songs about trying to love and dance through our current crises room to reach out
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  8. 8.0 |   The Observer

    An always thought-provoking record
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  9. 8.0 |   DIY

    Kate continues to impress as one of the UK’s most vital voices
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  10. 7.0 |   music OMH

    Overall The Book Of Traps And Lessons is best with a healthy dose of thoughtfulness and nuance, and while it falters on the occasions when these are disregarded, this album is another example of why Tempest’s spoken-word works now routinely amplify well beyond her poetic beginnings
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  11. 6.0 |   The Music

    Although The Book Of Traps And Lessons is bleaker than an abandoned warehouse at twilight, it’s often lit by lyrically vivid scenes, compelling the listener to stop and absorb every detail
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  12. 6.0 |   The Independent

    She is a masterful live performer, and when she recites her work it’s often difficult to take your eyes off her. Yet on this album, you find yourself drifting in and out
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  13. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    The music backing is tastefully gloomy and the narratives vivid. Her commitment to the English language is quite inspiring in its way
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