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  • Summary: The debut full-length release on Sub Pop for the Seattle hip-hop duo of Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White features Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler as a guest singer.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
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  1. Mar 29, 2012
    90
    Had it not been for the underground releases, this disc would be one of 2012's best debuts.
  2. Mar 28, 2012
    80
    It's a solid record through and through, and a powerful testament to hip-hop's potential for challenging, inspiring and pushing beyond the boundaries of genre toward new and exciting forms of hybridity and interconnection.
  3. Apr 24, 2012
    80
    Put succinctly, awE NaturalE leaves listeners wanting more.
  4. Apr 9, 2012
    70
    Often on 'Awe Naturale', the songs are suddenly cut off before they get into their stride and leave you wanting more of their soulful jams with a rap twist. Regardless, this is a largely enjoyable debut from this versatile duo.
  5. 70
    Their vocals are overshadowed by the hypnotic momentum of their grooves: dense and swampy, with thick jazz harmonies and, often, rhythms that lurch and skip, demanding alertness because they keep things off balance.
  6. Mar 27, 2012
    68
    THEESatisfaction's zoned songwriting won't earn any retrospection, but it's wonderfully reassuring that they made an album like awE naturalE--it's living proof that unique statements can still be made in those old, unstylish indie-hop tenants.
  7. Mar 27, 2012
    50
    The lyrics (and their alternately crooned and flat-rapped delivery) are nothing new is probably the worst that can be said of them.

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