Aug 12, 2014"LP1" is one monumental debut in Pop music, the poster child [reminiscence] of the Björk's- Aaliyah's and Portishead's delivers with a more"LP1" is one monumental debut in Pop music, the poster child [reminiscence] of the Björk's- Aaliyah's and Portishead's delivers with a more complete experience than ever!
"I love another, and thus I hate myself" are the on-going words for the opener "Preface". Words directly brought out from a poem by Sir Thomas Wyatt, and formally based upon, conceptually that is the placement of this album over some experimental and soul[ed] production and lyrics.
From heavenly beginnings, the deeper the cuts plays on the more pattering, heavy and haunting the music goes.
The visually Queen of the Damned, ancient Egyptian inspired leading single of off the LP, "Two Weeks", (and this years most refreshing tune) features her most breathy, melodic, straightforward realm but also capturing a catchy and interesting both sonically- vocally performance of what contemporary Pop/R&B on the radio been missing. A power ballad, though rawer and more vivid than others with it's desperate "Pull out of the incisor, give me two weeks/You won’t recognize her/Mouth open you're high; Motherf**ker, get your mouth open you know you’re mine; I can f*ck you better than her" all sung in a hypnotizing and soulsucking sensual falsetto ontop of extravagantly- dazzling and bombastic instrumentals.
The minimalistic touch and climaxes of previous work continues a way on here, tracks like the 'not so present now', heartbreaking, lonely and the polishing verse-to-verse melody of fellow UK artist Rita Ora's "R.I.P", "Pendulum" whom for every chorus that serves builds up to more epic. With guitar riffs that beatifully stretches, pianos who add drama and wash of synthesizers circled around the starts already atmosphere but looses up from every second that is of spac[e]ious feel when the intense get harder for the minute that displays and as the titel itself, it feels like death nearby your throat with the many instruments and futuristic cards being thrown at.
FKA twigs varies though on her characters than what was on her EP's, she has a control of not being too one dimensional as in when Psalm like sung "Closer" comes by. And not to just drop by out of nowhere, it feels natural and organic, slightly cuter and less out there at your face despite the lyrics. The high pitched vocals that inconsistently shows through the song is a sweet put from the darker steam that is on the album, Vampire Weekend-esque as had on their last year album with the track "Ya Hey".
"Is she the girl from the video/Stop, stop lying to me" sings twigs in a higher register, that yeah could play on -acts- not necessarily, but if we are being rather specific it talks about her career being the girl in the music videos as a dancer for artists like Jessie J. The track is "Video Girl", a track with one of this years most infectious yet simple choruses with it's "You lie and you lie and you lie" it is a track that seems to be self questionable a little bit, but more so a dialogue discussing her career before taking music seriously.
The production on the album is handled by twigs herself and the frequent collaborator from "EP2" and Yeezus producer Arca, involved on board is also Paul Epworth who was behind Adele's "21" (Grammy winning album and singles), Emile Haynie who is responsible for Kanye West's "Runaway", the multi-talented Sampha and Dev Hynes (whom I assume had his hands on the guitarrs). Musically it is cohesive, extremely so managing juggling 808s, electronic and it's scraping (knife hitting) beats. Successfully having a sound, a memorable touch all through and so is the lyrics and delivery.
The experimentation with genres, so to say a Beyonce, The Weeknd to Trip-hop, UK electronic- and Alternative music is a blend on here, making it an experience to broader audiences for many to enjoy and find pieces from. It may not be perfect, but the emotion from it is the winning point.
This is a testament, FKA twigs is pushing [boundaries] a step in music, evoking influences of classics and modern artists and making this into a platform, a new and fresh sound for others to catch on to.
"LP1" is one of the most wonderful, heartbreaking and creative releases tackling lust, fantasy, realism of love, identity and self independence.
"Just like you/I just touch myself".… Expand
Dec 4, 2015One of the finest albums of the decade. Twigs' debut LP brings an incredible, experimental sound that is compelling, emotive and distinctivelyOne of the finest albums of the decade. Twigs' debut LP brings an incredible, experimental sound that is compelling, emotive and distinctively unique. Throughout the tracks we learn about Twigs' gut-punching heartbreak and desperation as she sighs, moans and begs her way through expertly produced songs such as 'Two Weeks' and 'Pendulum'. Every single track stands out, including the preface, which is eerily other-worldly. LP1 is one of those few albums that seems able to evoke emotion with every single listen.… Expand
Aug 13, 2014FKA Twigs hit me so hard with this album, ''Lights On'', ''Two Weeks'', ''Pendulum'', ''Video Girl'' and ''Kicks'' are the highlights. IsFKA Twigs hit me so hard with this album, ''Lights On'', ''Two Weeks'', ''Pendulum'', ''Video Girl'' and ''Kicks'' are the highlights. Is Cleary one of the best debuts in a long time and the best album of the year!… Expand
Oct 4, 2014What say about this LP? F****** AWESOME. So hypnotic and theses experimentals songs made me fly. Don't have words to describe it. She's a veryWhat say about this LP? F****** AWESOME. So hypnotic and theses experimentals songs made me fly. Don't have words to describe it. She's a very great artist.… Expand
Sep 13, 2014"LP1" is the best R&B debut album of 2014 so far! With her excellent debut album, Tahliah Barnett creates her own style. Every single track is"LP1" is the best R&B debut album of 2014 so far! With her excellent debut album, Tahliah Barnett creates her own style. Every single track is so different than any other R&B song we used to listen to.… Expand
May 1, 2018FKA twigs surpasses her previous works 'EP1' and 'EP2' with her debut LP 'LP1'. 'LP1' consists of sentimental yet catchy tracks such asFKA twigs surpasses her previous works 'EP1' and 'EP2' with her debut LP 'LP1'. 'LP1' consists of sentimental yet catchy tracks such as "Hours" and "Give Up". 'LP1' is superiorly-produced, and with the use of twigs' whispery, gentle and hypnotizing voice, it is definitely one of the most unique and beautiful albums of all-time.
Strongest Tracks: "Preface", "Lights On", "Hours", "Numbers", "Give Up"
Weakest Tracks: "Video Girl", "Closer"… Expand
Aug 13, 2015This album was absolutely terrible. The synthesizer makes an extremely edgy sound that hurts my ears and most of the music sounds just likeThis album was absolutely terrible. The synthesizer makes an extremely edgy sound that hurts my ears and most of the music sounds just like random noise. I was looking forward to this album but listening to it was a complete waste of time. Don't make the same mistake as me.… Expand
Published: December 2, 2014Over the next month, we'll be collecting year-end top 10 album lists from over 130 music critics, publications, record stores, and other sources. Find individual lists and this year's cumulative rankings inside.
Awards & Rankings
|Girly-Sound to Guyville [Box Set] - Liz Phair|
|Appetite for Destruction: Super Deluxe Edition [Box Set] - Guns N' Roses|
|Cinema [Box Set] - Holger Czukay|
|Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It - Rolo Tomassi|
|Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album - John Coltrane|
|A Man I'd Rather Be, (Part 1) [Box Set] - Bert Jansch|
|Orquesta Akokan - Orquesta Akokan|
|Roxy: Tonight's the Night Live - Neil Young|
|Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves|
|Dirty Computer - Janelle Monáe|
|Persona - Rival Consoles|
|POST- - Jeff Rosenstock|
|Dirty Pictures, Pt. 2 - Low Cut Connie|
|Be the Cowboy - Mitski|
|The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 [Box Set] - Miles Davis|
|Isolation - Kali Uchis|
|Soil - Serpentwithfeet|
|What News - Alasdair Roberts|
|Tracyanne & Danny - Tracyanne & Danny|
|Cocoa Sugar - Young Fathers|