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LP1

LP1

11 Aug 2014
4.6 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

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Overall, this is quite a mesmerising, but rather dark journey through someone else's psyche and artistic experimentation. Far from being in the 'R&B' genre, which I presume it has been allocated to because of FKA twigs' ethnicity, I found many references to Kate Bush in her music, particularly in the single 'Two Weeks'. Although I love this single, it is extremely adult in its theme and language. Some songs on the LP are much better than others and the true vocal range of the singer is not always apparent, however I really find it intriguing and keep discovering new layers in the music. It will not be to everyone's taste and is definitely not a party album!
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By Red on Black TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Aug. 2014
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In her two previous records, the rather prosaically titled EP1 and EP2, the London-based singer and dancer Tahliah Barnett has more than hinted at the potential to release a monster debut album under her moniker of FKA Twigs. In LP1 the promise is signed, sealed and delivered. Here comes one of those artists brimming with such confidence and verve that you wonder how so one so young can be blessed with such talent.

On the surface the album is a mix of trip hop, alternative R&B and sensual balladry. Yet FKA Twigs is one of those boundary spanners who nudges music forward with an extraordinary voice and conquers up a moody down-tempo ambience that reeks of atmosphere. The structure of the songs work perfectly. They are driven by her melodious voice but behind them are fractured beats, throbbing distorted baselines and trippy drum textures, At times it is so delicate that on songs like the gorgeous "Kicks" that you feel it may break. But there is real toughness here not least in the brilliant "Two Weeks" an explicit foray into the world of steamy passions as she breathes "Smoke on your skin to get those pretty eyes rolling/My thighs are apart for when you're ready to breathe in/Suck me up, I'm healing with all the s**t you're dealing". This is sheer slowed down power mined from that rich vein to which Massive Attack once held the rights. Intriguingly there is also a hint of Kate Bush thrown in for good measure.

The good news is it gets better and better. The mid point of the album has a brilliant dual punch. First up is "Pendulum" where you sense she has locked into one song all those elements that James Blake has been striving for two albums to achieve. The vocals are intoxicating and behind them are weird sonics that dart and weave through the song.
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By Twig on 7 Sept. 2014
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Where has THIS come from? It is the most wonderful cd I've heard in so long. Inventive. Evocative. Melodic,rhythmic, and unbelievably sexy.

There's one track I don't like as much as the others. Numbers. And this might change. But at the moment, it sounds the least extraordinary. As for the others, they are all ten-star favourites already.

Influences, there are a few, from the Kate Bush inflected Two Weeks, to the James Blake wash and stutter of Pendulum, to the Weeknd-infused Give Up. But FKA Twigs is exploring areas of music imo better than anyone else around at the moment.

Hours and Closer are smooth and personal, her pure voice swooping and diving over electronic beeps, thumps, crackles and little throwaway snatches of melody that could all turn into songs in their own right. Preface is a superb opener, fragile harmonies building to a mesmeric march. Then Lights On - 'When I trust you, we can do it with the lights on' - impossible to keep still to. And Video Girl, a masterclass in how to turn a pop song into something very very special.

And then there's the final track, Kicks, which is just so intimate. 'When I'm alone, I don't need you. I love my touch...'

I bought two other cds the day I got this. Sadly, neither St Vincent nor Tuneyards have had much of a look in. Just cannot stop playing Lp1.
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Different, original, intriguing and interesting! Finally something new and daring. Maybe not for everyone, but if you like a different sound, you won't be disappointed!
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A unique sound that defies categorization, combined with flawless singing and edgy poetic lyrics. Execution is subtle and playful, extremely musical, both in its melodic content and "orchestrations". I am left wanting to know much more about the artist. A visit to YouTube reveals that she has a flair for the artistic in video too, as well as a talent for dance.

The music seems to tip its hat to all kinds of musical references. I would not spoil the fun (or embarrass myself) by trying to name them. This is a dangerously listenable album, with all the qualities to get permanently lodged in one'a brain.
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These disjointed melodies shouldn't work, but somehow they do - the jarring segments drawn together by FKA Twigs' angelic voice, sometimes a single voice, sometimes recorded as a multiple harmony.

I really wanted to like the album. It was a struggle at first, trying to get my brain to make sense of it, but after a few repetitions, I grew to love it. And love it still. It's not music to dance too, you'd struggle to find a regular beat - but music to chill too...? You bet!

Try it and let your senses be challenged...
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