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Santogold [CD]

Santogold, Santigold Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (12 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B0017XFBQ2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. L.E.S Artistes
2. You'll Find A Way
3. Shove It [feat. SpankRock]
4. Say Aha
5. Creator [vs. Switch and FreQ Nasty]
6. My Superman
7. Lights Out
8. Starstruck
9. Unstoppable
10. I'm A Lady [feat. Trouble Andrew]
11. Anne
12. You'll Find A Way [Switch and Sinden Remix]

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk

Don't call Santi White an R&B artist: on her debut album Santogold, this former music biz A&R and pop songwriter for hire is challenging race stereotypes and playing fast and loose with genre, mashing up dub, punk, and electronics to make an energetic, anger-fuelled music that blurs the lines between the dancefloor and the moshpit. Comparisons to MIA hold some water, especially on the bullish "Creator" (it's worth nothing that Santogold features production turns from sometime MIA collaborators Diplo and Switch). For the most part, though, Santogold's debut follows a quite different path. "L.E.S Artists" is stirring new-wave pop that builds to grand, tearful choruses reminiscent of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, while "You'll Find a Way" and "Say Aha" are propulsive ska-pop numbers that hark back to its creator's previous band, Bad Brains-influenced punks Stiffed. But it's not just skilful genre-skipping to recommend this record, though: White is the rare vocalist that can sound empowered and vulnerable within the space of the same song, and it's her force of character that places Santogold ahead of the pack. --Louis Pattison

BBC Review

Santogold's life already reads like a Hollywood movie script. Born Santi White in Philadelphia, the producer-turned-songwriter's world turned upside down four years ago when her father fell ill and died shortly after he became embroiled in a federal corruption sting. It was a tough period for the singer whose private life was invaded by the paparazzi while her family endured crushing newspaper articles and her mother found her car bugged by the FBI.

Distraught and disillusioned, Santi split her then-punk project Stiffed, whisked the band's bass player off to New York and renamed herself Santogold. There she vented her anger and frustration at the system in the 10 songs that make up her self-titled debut which for the most part is as explosive and pop punching as the singer's life story. In fact the first three tracks alone will undoubtedly hog airwaves and dent dance floors in the coming months.

Take You'll Find A Way for instance. It's already been dubbed Bjork's favourite song of 2007 and going by the throat cutting guitar lines and Santi's Stefani-esque yelps, you can see why. The same goes for the dub infused Say A-Ha. Talk about chart hit, the chorus' catchy refrain alone is guaranteed to get festival goers singing in unison come Glastonbury.

To be fair Santogold could have easily taken the lazy option out and loaded her debut with pop hits. But she's much smarter than that. Instead she chooses to flirt with rap (Creator) reggae (Unstoppable) and even rock on I'm A Lady. Yet she still manages to remain undeniably catchy particularly on Unstoppable where she smatters dub beats with the infectious vocals: "I've got to be unstoppable/I've got to be unstoppable/Hey hey hey/ You don't like".

Lyrically too Santogold is both cutting and defiant. Opener L.E.S Artistes is a case in point where she viciously spits at Manhattan's hipsters, "I see you good you forced faker/Just make it easy/You're my enemy you fast talker" while You'll Find A Way is drenched in paranoia and pent up anger as she barks: "Don't fear your call/Can't pull us under/You better watch out, run for cover."

Name checked by everyone from Mark Ronson to Lily Allen, it's not surprising that Santogold has served up a debut this tantalising after the trauma she's been through. --Damian Jones

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Santogold - SOLID GOLD 4 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A great album. Not heard their stuff before the sample tracks on this listing, and am I glad I did! Sounding a little like M.I.A Paper Planes, but consistant aural pleasure across all tracks. A hint of native american sounds and a little Persian influence on another keeps it all fresh. 2-weeks and I've yet to take it out of my car CD player.
Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen 2 reviews, listen 2 the music 25 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
Dark baselines, great hooks, punk feel.
Don't slag it just because the music rags love it.
Santa's coming to town. x
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic pop - try it 31 Jan 2012
By RS
Format:Audio CD
I loved some tracks on first listen, others took a while to warm to but I see their beauty now! Eclectic feel - indie, pop, punk, ska, reggae, hip hoppy R&B. This album is a cut above anything the pop world generally produces - its rawer and not afraid to be different. Catchy and upbeat music you'll soon be leaving on repeat...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 9 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
I love this CD, its been playing continuously in my car for about a month!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Going For Gold! 23 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
I bought this on the strength of having heard a couple of tracks on Santogold's MySpace page and have not been disappointed.

The album kicks off with one of the best singles of 2008, 'L.E.S. Artistes', and manages to keep up the pace throughout.

It's an intelligent mish-mash of musical styles (and even reminds me of Musical Youth in places!).

I highly recommend this, as it's one of the best albums of 2008.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 15 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
A truly great album. Danceable, fun and melodic with a driving rhythm and strong vocals. I think this is just brilliant. It's hard to classify the style of music, which runs the gamut from rap to soul and reggae and pop to glam rock, but it's brilliant all the way through.

A really unique, strong voice - but running through an album full of a diverse range of songs and sounds. Definitely one of my very favourite albums of 2008, and one that I would happily name as a classic album. I can't believe more people aren't raving about this already. I'm sure they will be in the longer run - this deserves to be a very big hit.

The single that I heard from this really didn't do the album justice; I wish they'd released one of the better songs as a single instead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool fresh tunes. 1 Dec 2008
By DaveG
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album on the strength of Lights Out, and am really pleased with it. I would give it five stars but there are maybe 3 or 4 weak tracks but I don't mind that. I would rather have 8 quality fresh experimental tunes and 3 or 4 that miss the mark, than 12 tracks of boring averageness.

For less than a fiver it's a bargain, just take a chance and get it.

'You'll find a way' is brilliant and my current pick of the bunch but I tend to change my mind as I become more familiar with albums - in a month I may prefer a different track.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like M.I.A and Missy Elliott... 4 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
I brought this album after seeing Santogold perform a mash up with Roots Manouver, I have not been dissapointed. At first her voice has a similar same sound to Nelly Furtado but the originality of the music makes her stand out. If you like the party, rave, feel of M.I.A then this is definately a good investment, there is an element of ska and rave to all the tracks, ones to skip straight to are Creator and Lights Out.
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