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Master Of My Make-Believe [Enhanced]

Santigold Audio CD
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Santigold is Santi White: an artist whose perseverance relies on invention, a champion who survives off her own skill and faith. She is a major muse watched by the inspired world, an in categorical performer who collapses time and genre with one hand guided by tradition, while the other hand carves out a shining future. Santigold is neither calm nor mayhem, but from her lungs burst every color ... Read more in Amazon's Santigold Store

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  • Audio CD (23 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: ATLANTIC
  • ASIN: B007FGPZ2K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Disparate Youth 4:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. God From The Machine 3:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Fame 3:280.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. This Isn't Our Parade 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Riot's Gone 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Pirate In The Water 2:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Keepers 3:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Look At These Hoes 2:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Big Mouth 3:110.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

In 2009, this writer witnessed Santigold (real name, Santi White) unleashing her brand of reggae pop fizz at The Roots’ Picnic in Philadelphia, PA. The petite songstress, dressed in a sleek purple and white jumpsuit, confidently pranced as her two dancers — both expressionless, in gold jackets and black pants — gyrated on opposite sides. The dichotomy was fascinating: amid abrasive beats and chest-rattling bass, White remained fairly calm, the sounds piercing the afternoon air as she sang in her distinctively nasal falsetto. At that time she was still riding the wave of her eponymous debut album; since then, however, White’s been relatively quiet, surfacing occasionally to chastise the current state of pop music or to call dance duo LMFAO a “joke band”.

Perhaps it’s sour grapes; perhaps she’s got a point. When White released her debut album in 2008, critics praised its visceral blend of rock, dub and electronica, and marvelled its brazen uniqueness. Though, as she told Pitchfork in a recent interview, her sound was considered weird at the time, now it’s enjoying mainstream success thanks to the likes of Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj. Unfortunately for White, her recession from public view stalled her momentum. Given the immediacy of today’s culture, where music is considered old after a few months, you can’t vanish that long without losing some of your audience.

On this long-awaited follow-up, White reconfigures her twitchy brand of Caribbean punk fusion, the results of which are as irregular as ever. Yet something intriguing happens here: just when you think strident synthesizers and glossy excess is about to bombard you, she quickly changes course, opting instead for scant melodies more digestible than previous work. Take God From the Machine, for instance: it begins with harmonic “oohs” and wispy guitar chords, only to be interrupted by a short burst of marching drums. Then, suddenly, the snares dissipate and allow White’s voice to rise above the song’s unique military vibe. While that’s the most extreme example of such artistic defiance, it crystallizes this album’s focus. The mood is undeniably energetic, but the sounds are a bit more ambient than contemporary pop. This Isn’t Our Parade makes good use of handclaps and hollow percussion; then there’s The Keepers, with bubbly, 80s-style synths, which feels playfully rebellious when paired with the vocalist’s innocent inflection.

All told, Master of My Make-Believe is Santigold’s reintroduction. While slightly more subdued than before, the pint-sized sparkplug proves she can still churn a stimulating groove, and doesn’t need cartoonish gimmicks to do so.

--Marcus J. Moore

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Santigold Master Of My Make Believe

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SantiGOLD 9 May 2012
Format:Audio CD
This album was chosen as the new release to review and discuss at our local monthly music club. Even though the track played was the catchy and poppy Disparate Youth, my initial thoughts were...."oh no, I have to listen to a dance record"! But upon exploring the album on Spotify, my fears quickly faded. Masters of My Make-Believe is more modern pop than dance and even two of the four overtly dance orientated tracks have some nice musical flourishes.

On reading up Santi White it is perhaps little wonder the album sounds as good as it does. For a start it was a surprise to discover that she is in her mid 30s as I was expecting her to be another of these 20 something wannabees trying to capture the zeitgeist. Far from it! She was in a punk band called Stiffed in the early 2000s before going solo and this is her second solo album and her maturity certainly shines through.

Masters of My Make-Believe is a very good pop record with high production values and it may well be my favourite album of the year so far.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eating My Hat 23 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
I found little to like in Santigold's 2008 debut. Truth-be-told I was
rather unkind about it. An old Wolf, however, can eat his hat when
necessary and return to base with an open mind. You see, the thing is,
I have found more than a little to love in her second outing 'Master Of
My Make-Believe'. It's a good album. It's a very good album in fact.
The melodies are more distinctive and well-formed; the beats infectious
and her vocal delivery has improved no-end. The spirit of Grace Jones
seems close at hand in Ms White's monochrome delivery and the integration
of jaunty Caribbean rhythms and inventive electro-pop arrangements.

Take 'This Isn't Our Parade' : the song hangs on a throbbing backbeat,
studded with marimba-like decorations, both supporting a really cracking
tune and curiously affecting chorus. 'Pirate In The Water', too, earns
its stripes with a bouncy reggae ambience and the rumbustious 'The Keepers'
even manages a singalong refrain. Final track 'Big Mouth' is another
highlight, making effective deployment of fractured harmonies and manic
percussion, bringing the project to a nicely off-kilter conclusion.

One senses an artist of worth finally finding her feet. Good for her says I!

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5.0 out of 5 stars You know that catchy direct line advert? 13 Jun 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Santigold, never heard her before until Reading festival & BOOM a new favourite is born, includes the full version of that catchy direct line advert music, beautiful rhythms & m
ind bending lyrics. Awesome.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars album of the year 15 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD
loved the debut album and could not wait for this, was not disappointed its the most played cd i have bought this year and considering i tend to buy about 4 cds a week thats saying something i think it improves on the debut album in many ways having a slightly more cohesive sound, also if you can find it check out how i do by res its completely written by santi white and is similarly good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to black 6 May 2012
I played Santigold's first album (on CD) more than any other in 2008 - it just seemed to lock onto my mind. When I heard of this new collection it was almost inevitable that I would buy it. No disappointment here - the content is superb. At this point it is even better than I anticipated, but that is not the point I want to make here. Let other more articulate reviewers go into the whys and wherefores, my aim here is to urge you to buy the vinyl version. Granted, I have not heard the CD, but I would be surprised if it could match the LP - the LP is surely state of the art.
The vinyl is non-crackly, the tracking non-distorting, the sound is full, rounded and full of impact - the bass response in "Fame" is notable. Add to this crisp articulation and separation of all the elements of the sound.
The art of engineering high quality vinyl is clearly alive and well. I would suggest that it is in a more healthy shape than ever, even though the LP is probably no more than a niche product at this stage. My congratulations to Santigold and to her engineers for this excellent achievement. I can only urge that you check it out for yourself - the price is a bit higher than for CD but you will not regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Mastery 23 May 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"Master Of My Make- Believe" by Santigold is a brave musical experiment that touches on the serious issues of life in a touching manner. I particularly enjoyed "Fame", "God FromThe Machine", "The Riot's Gone", and "Go". "Master Of My Make-Believe" is a great cd to have for anyone who enjoys a careful blend of indie rock and electronica music.
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