Goldenheart - Dawn Richard
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  • Summary: The debut full-length release from the former Danity Kane/Diddy Dirty Money singer was produced by Andrew "Druski" Scott, The Fisticuffs, and Deonte. It is the first of a planned trilogy of albums about love, loss, and redemption.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jan 17, 2013
    100
    Goldenheart is dazzling and imperious.
  2. Jan 25, 2013
    90
    Complete and correct, Goldenheart is a triumph.
  3. Feb 12, 2013
    90
    It's ambitious, personal, unusual and, crucially, touched with brilliance.
  4. Jan 17, 2013
    80
    While some of her melodies could be a bit more defined, she's a nuanced enough performer to captivate at the most self-indulgent of times.
  5. Jan 23, 2013
    73
    It's not perfect, but it's closer than you'd expect from someone who just a few years ago was a member of a C-list girl group.
  6. Jan 30, 2013
    60
    Goldenheart functions as a hypnotic aural distraction, but little more.
  7. Jan 28, 2013
    50
    The results have been slow and messy and atmospheric, full of contemporary R&B's customary ingredients (virtual strings, AutoTune, gold-plated emotion) but stretched out, heavy on atmosphere, light on hooks.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. Duu
    Feb 4, 2013
    9
    This album sounds like it was relentlessly crafted to be an ahead of it's time classic. There is not one bad song on this album, and there are no fewer than eight undeniably good songs on this album (which ones they are is debatable). I have never heard as much soul in electronic album as this one has. This album is rather unique in that it seamlessly combines an afro-american musical ethos and style organically with a contemporary artsy-electronic music, in a way that no electronic music featuring afro-american performers has done yet. Dawn Richard is a terrific singer and adds musical value to every track in spite of there being some really good beats on the album. Instead of pandering to the lowest common denominator, this is a concept album in the classic sense, rather than a mere collection of songs (thematically consistent). I like that the songs are not all party songs, but they make you want to dance. Anyway, this is the best album of this year so far and, sonically, an excellent step up from the sounds originally introduced on the 2010 album, "Last Train to Paris", by Diddy and Dirty Money (the group which Dawn was in). Collapse
  2. Feb 16, 2013
    8
    Definitely innovative and original...80's pop meets future R&B...from the production, vocals and concept to the song selections...distinct and raw #HeartMovement Expand
  3. Jan 22, 2013
    8
    Higher highs and lower lows than Armor On (EP), but when it's good it's brilliant. The best songs are the ones that stick to vibe, and don't drift into ideas or genres. Like it. Expand
  4. Feb 16, 2013
    6
    I hear a lot of potential here. The production, themes and vocals are spectacular but the lyrics, melodies and overall delivery needs to be worked on.