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
Aug 12, 2014Though indistinguishable - this experimental debut by FKA Twigs is soaked in her sharp, icy falsettos from the stunningly produced 'Two Weeks'Though indistinguishable - this experimental debut by FKA Twigs is soaked in her sharp, icy falsettos from the stunningly produced 'Two Weeks' and thoroughly overlapped in the Paul Epworth produced 'Pendulum'. This is Barnett try to piece togethor her recollections of romances and personal artistry (reflective of her last two EP's). 'Video Girl' possibly the best song on the LP (or is it 'Two Weeks') explores her past and denial in multiple music videos ranging from Jessie J to many others. She is now in control, and she begs to be noticed and heard. A fantastic achievement for a debut. Is she that girl from the video?/You lie and you lie and you lie.… 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
Aug 12, 2014One may expect a continuation of the atmosphere Twigs has created over her two first EPs (if that could be possible), but what you eventuallyOne may expect a continuation of the atmosphere Twigs has created over her two first EPs (if that could be possible), but what you eventually find here is something way deeper; much more hurt; even more immaculate. And it feels ironic how she cries and let her feelings naked while showing everyone her low-esteem and desperation; if she only knew that that "flaw" is her best advantage of all, in a plethora of many advantages and few (not to say any) things to correct.… Expand
Aug 23, 2014This is a very impressive debut from a woman who looks like conquering the pop/r&b world. Her voice - and its sensuality suits the lyrics ofThis is a very impressive debut from a woman who looks like conquering the pop/r&b world. Her voice - and its sensuality suits the lyrics of lust and love perfectly. Her vocal performance is just as great.
But it's the music that truly shines. Innovative, rich with many layers, and full of subtle touches here and there that add a great effect to the overall work.
I only listened to her song called Water Me. But after checking out this album, i'll definitely be paying more attention to her work.… Expand
Nov 13, 2014Even if it came out merely months ago, FKA twigs' debut LP1 has become one of the most deliciously darkest and most sensual albums of theEven if it came out merely months ago, FKA twigs' debut LP1 has become one of the most deliciously darkest and most sensual albums of the decade without ever feeling forced or even slightly insincere.
Though her songwriting hasn't quite matched the artistic brilliance of her visual art, her sex-as-a-metaphor lyricism, beautifully controlled vocals and sensual tone are one of LP1's most embracive—and yet at times, uncomfortable—qualities. Especially in comparison to her contemporaries in the art, most recently Lady Gaga and Beyoncé—Lady Gaga's 2013 singles "G.U.Y." and "Do What U Want" were half-smart and though Beyoncé's latest critically acclaimed self-titled LP uses sex to accompany its many self-empowerment themes, it came off as less calculated.
Not since Björk's 2001 masterpiece Vespertine has an album made sexual themes so personal, lyrically, musically, and sonically. "Lights Out" discusses trust ("When I trust you, we can do it with the lights off"), "Two Weeks" discusses desire ("Pull out the incicor, give me two weeks, you won't recognize her"), and "Video Girl" discusses one's own indenial that the protagonist's partner could be cheating on her with... well, herself ("Is she the girls from the video?"). Or it could be, I'm not completely sure.
LP1 is an electronic landscape of all sorts of sounds, such as the pitter-pattering drums on "Pendulum"—best remembered on last year's "Water Me", a highlight from her previous release, EP2—and even more frequently, her vocals make up for a majority of the sound effects throughout, whether they're chopped up, pitched up and down, or drowned in reverb. If LP1 had any notable flaws, it's that twigs' already soft vocals often feels overwhelmed or threatened by the production.… Expand
Jan 1, 2015The ethereal, dream-like soundscapes Barnett creates are no doubt enchanting, and the album kicks off with a bang. Overall, however, LP1 is aThe ethereal, dream-like soundscapes Barnett creates are no doubt enchanting, and the album kicks off with a bang. Overall, however, LP1 is a tiresome listen, the endless drivel of whispering falsettos and orgasmic vocal flurries making this the most sugar-coated, sexed-up and overly masturbatory R&B record this year. Which is a shame considering how talented Barnett can be when she's at her best.… 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.
|Led Zeppelin IV [Remastered] - Led Zeppelin|
|Doolittle 25 - Pixies|
|The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 - Bob Dylan|
|The Velvet Underground [45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition] - The Velvet Underground|
|Houses of the Holy [Remastered] - Led Zeppelin|
|Bloodstone & Diamonds - Machine Head|
|Black Messiah - D'Angelo|
|Gentlemen At 21 [Deluxe Edition] - The Afghan Whigs|
|Offering: Live at Temple University - John Coltrane|
|Start Together [Box Set] - Sleater-Kinney|
|No Cities to Love - Sleater-Kinney|
|RTJ2 - Run the Jewels|
|Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972 [Box Set] - Captain Beefheart|
|Extra Painful - Yo La Tengo|
|Face the Music [Box Set] - Nils Lofgren|
|Foundations of Burden - Pallbearer|
|Cadillactica - Big K.R.I.T.|
|You're Dead! - Flying Lotus|
|Too Bright - Perfume Genius|
|I Am King - Code Orange|