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8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings

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  1. Sep 20, 2012
    8
    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
  2. Aug 20, 2012
    8
    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
  3. Aug 19, 2012
    8
    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. Collapse
  4. Jul 1, 2012
    8
    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
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Oct 30, 2012
    67
    Master of My Make-Believe takes a more subtle approach than its predecessor.
  2. Jun 21, 2012
    60
    Make-Believe is a record you're more likely to respectfully admire than fall hopelessly in love with. [Jun 2012, p.110]
  3. Jun 4, 2012
    40
    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.