Land of CanAan - Marques Toliver
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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the violinist/singer discovered by TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone was inspired in part by the Frederick Douglass' autobiography.
  • Record Label: Bella Union
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, International, Alternative R&B
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. May 15, 2013
    90
    There's barely a wrong-placed note on the whole magnificent album. [Jun 2013, p.81]
  2. May 15, 2013
    80
    What comes out of him sounds exactly like pure expression, despite the fact that he can sing his behind off as his violin saws, stings, and flutters with considerable grace and force.
  3. In short, if Land of CanAan were a Stevie Wonder album, it would be Hotter than July rather than Innervisions.
  4. May 15, 2013
    60
    Unfortunately, despite his illustrious CV and unconventional route to the release of his first album, it proves to be a competent, but disappointingly conventional affair.
  5. May 16, 2013
    60
    He gets his message across smoothly without ever needing to resort to heavy-handedness. [Jun 2013, p.107]
  6. May 20, 2013
    60
    His honeyed voice and ear for a gratifying hook combine with a tricksy musical intelligence so that, although the quality's a bit uneven on his debut, the best bits rouse and wrongfoot you in equal measure.
  7. May 16, 2013
    60
    His bursts of euphoria and delicate phrasing--with echoes of Prince and Stevie Wonder--suggest he may yet have a great album in him, even if this isn't quite it.

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