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  • Summary: Karen O guests on the second studio album from Santigold featuring production by such artists as Boyz Noise, Bureka Som Sistema, Diplo, Greg Kurstin, Q-Tip, Dave Sitek, and Switch.
  • Record Label: Atlantic
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic, Alternative Dance
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. May 1, 2012
    Amid all the fight songs, Santigold's sensitive interludes only bolster her power, her harmonies rendered more invincible for their vulnerability.
  2. May 11, 2012
    An even more esoteric, and yet - oddly enough - more accessible record than her debut. [No.87, p. 51]
  3. May 3, 2012
    This is the kind of album that can fully define her sound, but is still multifaceted and well crafted enough to be exciting.
  4. May 4, 2012
    There's still a bit more growing to do, but Master of My Make-Believe shows that's she's headed in the right direction.
  5. Oct 30, 2012
    Master of My Make-Believe takes a more subtle approach than its predecessor.
  6. May 1, 2012
    Master of My Make-Believe is by no means a disappointment, but it falls short of the expectation that has been gestating for the past four years.
  7. Jun 4, 2012
    On Make-Believe, a sloppy more-of-the-same same approach has crippled what this album could have been, ultimately leaving us with some vaguely interesting notions rather than well-explored concepts.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jul 1, 2012
    This very impressive feat from Santigold (formerly Santogold) is a mix of some very well crafted sounds and lyrics. Sure, the album has a few places where it doesn't shine so well. But it does impress more than not. Bolstering the anthem Disparate Youth and a few other standout tracks (God from the Machine, Freak Like Me, etc.), it's a wild ride for music junkies and average listeners alike. With a little something for almost everyone, this album is one that should not be skipped. Expand
  2. Aug 19, 2012
    Santi's new album is a big improvement apart her debut. It sounds like a wider vision of world she had already settled in "Santogold", but in a more polite and less impulsive sound and songwriting. And it doesn't take any of the charm of Santigold's nasal voice. Maybe some songs are a bit too long, as the best of the album, "Freak Like Me", blow away listeners in poor two minutes. That said, enjoy the best "engaged" album of the year. Expand
  3. Aug 20, 2012
    Like Santi's previous work, MomMB takes a few listens to truly appreciate. Production is tight and vocals are up to par, but there's something missing. Many of the medium-tempo songs ("This Isn't Our Parade" and "The Riot's Gone") are lackluster, and the track ordering seems out of whack. That said, it's still better than 90% of the music that gets airplay. Okay, make that 99%. "Go!", "Big Mouth", "Look at These Hoes" and "Pirate in the Water" are definite highlights. Expand
  4. Sep 20, 2012
    While not as adventurous as her self-titled debut, taken as a whole, Santigold's "Master of My Make-Believe" is a much more cohesive album. It is evident that Santigold has matured since her first outing, and she is improving on figuring out the sound that she wants. The production here is top-tier, and sounds amazing. A few of these songs (Disparate Youth, Fame, Pirate in the Water, Big Mouth) will stay in your head for a while after listening, no doubt about it. This is an excellent sophomore effort from Santigold, and I am curious to see where she goes next. Expand