Goddess - Banks
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 65 Ratings

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  • Summary: The full-length debut for the Los Angeles pop singer-songwriter features production and songs co-written by Tim Anderson, Lil Silva, Justin Parker, Shlohmo, Sohn, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and Jamie Woon.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Sep 8, 2014
    94
    Confident and complex, it's a standout debut from one of the most promising artists of the last few years.
  2. Sep 4, 2014
    80
    The Tim Anderson-produced Someone New and Under the Table sink into nondescript ballad territory, but otherwise Goddess is an accomplished debut.
  3. Sep 12, 2014
    80
    Goddess weaves a captivating spell that many are certain to fall under. [Oct 2014, p.87]
  4. Aug 29, 2014
    70
    Banks is an earnest singer with an ear for complex anthems--she's at her best when letting big emotions rip. [Oct 2014, p.67]
  5. Sep 9, 2014
    70
    If there’s anything missing from Goddess, it’s something that could set Banks apart from the lanscape of beats + vocals that’s so saturated today.
  6. 70
    Out in a naturalistic realm, supported by the music rather than encased by it, Banks sounds more ordinary. She’s at her best facing down a sterile, indifferent universe.
  7. Sep 9, 2014
    50
    Banks could certainly go places--but Goddess doesn't, and instead seems content to wallow in the same depressive rut for an exhausting 59 minutes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Sep 9, 2014
    10
    True art. Listening to this album was made me zone out completely. Its just beautiful and truly inspiring. Banks is definitely the breakoutTrue art. Listening to this album was made me zone out completely. Its just beautiful and truly inspiring. Banks is definitely the breakout star of 2014. Expand
  2. Sep 21, 2014
    9
    Every single song on the 18 track deluxe version is meticulously crafted, featuring Banks haunting and powerful vocals, and most have a veryEvery single song on the 18 track deluxe version is meticulously crafted, featuring Banks haunting and powerful vocals, and most have a very sincere emotional tone and atmosphere. Goddamn, this is one of the surprise albums of the year for me--she has completely exceeded my expectations on this debut LP. Expand
  3. Sep 27, 2014
    9
    Amazing. Very beautiful, I love her voice and the music fits her voice really well. Only reason i wouldn't give the album a 10 is because itAmazing. Very beautiful, I love her voice and the music fits her voice really well. Only reason i wouldn't give the album a 10 is because it was very long, some songs were forgettable. Still a great album. Expand
  4. Sep 11, 2014
    9
    While I was listening this album, I felt like the drama and the love was in a perfect harmony. Banks used the Experimental beats to do anWhile I was listening this album, I felt like the drama and the love was in a perfect harmony. Banks used the Experimental beats to do an amazing work, with musics great and that really look like a Goddess. Expand
  5. Nov 27, 2014
    8
    Harmonious, vital, dramatic, almost immaculate... some adjectives that come to my mind as I try to describe Banks and her first LP Goddess.Harmonious, vital, dramatic, almost immaculate... some adjectives that come to my mind as I try to describe Banks and her first LP Goddess. For someone that listens to her for the first time, this record might be a beautiful collection of little masterpieces; yet, since I follow her from her first EPs, I can denote a lack of surprises: this entire album gets a bit long, and the most important parts are songs that we already know. And though the new tracks are almost as good, they aren't as catchy and/or captivating. It's an incredible work of art, that really functions as the addition of different parts, demonstrating a talented and versatile new star. But it also gets stuck on its own conception and ends being irrelevant. Expand
  6. Dec 26, 2014
    8
    Just got this as a Christmas gift from my daughter. Have never been a big fan of electronic music, but this record is a sonic revelation. TheJust got this as a Christmas gift from my daughter. Have never been a big fan of electronic music, but this record is a sonic revelation. The heavy vinyl feels and plays like it was mastered and pressed by someone who knew what they were doing. This is my first listen to her music and for a new artist she sounds awesome. The combination of her lyrics and the instrumentation she surrounds them with is mesmerizing. Played back through a full range analogue rig you immerse yourself in the sound she created in the studio. Highest recommendation. Expand
  7. Oct 13, 2014
    6
    Banks' debut album Goddess offers some great brooding singles included on her previously released EP's; the real question is if those singlesBanks' debut album Goddess offers some great brooding singles included on her previously released EP's; the real question is if those singles truly warrant a full LP because the rest of the "album" feels a little filler.
    BEST TRACKS: Brain, Change, Beggin' for Thread
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