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on 10 November 2013
Sbtrkt's album is the opposite of a "grower". On first few listens, it seems very crisp, cool and contemporary. After a while, however, most of the songs begin to lose that appeal, leaving only Wildfire and Pharaohs as genuinely good tunes. Part of the problem for me is Sampha's "Marmite" vocals - you will either love them or hate them. Purely a matter of personal taste, but I find his voice rather monotonous and that contiunial tone of barely-suppressed longing rather tiring. It's not that he's bad, just that I can't identify with it. Others will love it, as some of the other reviews make clear. I suggest you try a couple of the tracks with Sampha's singing (like Hold On) before plunging in with the whole album.