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.
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!
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.
Santigold (Santi White) - Master of My Make Believe is a wonderful piece of art for those who aren't into mainstream pop. Strongest tracks on this album include GO feat Karen O (yeah yeah yeahs), Disparate Youth, God from the Machine, This isn't our Parade, The Riot's Gone, The Keepers, and Big Mouth. Don't bother you tubing the videos or trying to google the meaning behind the lyrics. Close your eyes, open your mind and listen to the lyrics; ultimately we all find our own interpretations to songs. If you're a fan of sythnpop/new wave material, you'll like this album. Some of the tracks will stay with you for a very long time. Can't wait for the next instalment from this artist.
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.
"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.
I loved Santi from the minute I heard L.E.S Artistes and played her debut constantly, however I have to say I think this surpasses it! The melodies are more infectious, but still maintain the gritty/grimey reggae sound. Highlights for me have to me Disparate Youth, This isnt our parade, the riots gone, pirate in the water and the keepers. Santi is truly underrated and I cannot praise her unique sound enough! BUY BOTH ALBUMS IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!!