LP1 - FKA Twigs
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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for the British experimental R&B artist Tahliah Barnett.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. 100
    Twigs’ superb vocal melodies anchor LP1’s flights of experimentation. Were they to be stripped from the album’s bizarre flourishes and dropped into a commercial R&B context, they would stun nonetheless.
  2. Aug 12, 2014
    92
    With both immediate appeal and density that demands long-term digestion, it’s one of those rare debuts that manifests a fully-grown, deeply engaging sound.
  3. Aug 11, 2014
    90
    LP1 is a fantastic debut from an artist who is quickly becoming the curator of her own mental museum.
  4. Aug 11, 2014
    80
    Even if the sex-angst of millennials is not your thing, FKA Twigs can still satisfy, and that is why LP1 (the title oozes confidence) is so special.
  5. Aug 14, 2014
    80
    All those flinching sounds can surely give some fatigue after a while, but does it matter when it’s so good at instant gratification.
  6. Aug 12, 2014
    80
    FKA Twigs' music was already so fully realized that LP 1 can't really be called Barnett coming into her own; rather, her music has been tended to since the "Water Me" days, and now it's flourishing.
  7. Aug 7, 2014
    60
    After a while, the microscopic detail underscoring each turn of phrase, delivered with such delicate poise and precise drama, is suffocating.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Aug 12, 2014
    10
    "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".
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  2. Aug 12, 2014
    10
    Though 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
  3. Aug 13, 2014
    10
    FKA 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
  4. Aug 12, 2014
    10
    One 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
  5. Sep 13, 2014
    9
    "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
  6. Feb 4, 2015
    9
    FKA Twigs taps into something that has been held and spun and embodied by Kate Bush and Björk, and it is beautiful. Seemingly gentle at first,FKA Twigs taps into something that has been held and spun and embodied by Kate Bush and Björk, and it is beautiful. Seemingly gentle at first, it comes out as privately passionate, in that hair raising, skittish and exquisitely excited atmosphere of infatuation. Expand
  7. Jan 1, 2015
    5
    The 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

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