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  • Summary: The follow-up to the Oakland artist's Grammy Award-winning 2016 release was influenced in part by divisive political and social issues.
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  1. Jun 18, 2018
    90
    Please Don't Be Dead is virtually airtight in terms of musicality and intent. Fantastic Negrito continues to live to his "black roots" moniker--a weary, weathered soul survivor raging against the coming storm.
  2. Mojo
    Jun 18, 2018
    80
    This treads similar terrain [to 2016's Last Days Of Oakland], burrowing into Delta blues, weaving in elements of Leadbelly, Prince-style funk and hip-hop loops. [Jul 2018, p.96]
  3. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jun 18, 2018
    80
    He's dancing to the beat of his own drum, and it's hard not to want to join him. [Jul 2018, p.86]
  4. Uncut
    Jul 19, 2018
    80
    Addressing subjects from addiction and gun crime to censorship and obscene over-consumption, the anger is righteous but leavened with the hope of change. [Sep 2018, p.29]
  5. Jun 18, 2018
    75
    It’s a passionate and pointed collection of songs with a sly sense of humor and a certain lived-in wisdom.
  6. Jun 25, 2018
    70
    While some of his eccentricities can seem affected. Perhaps these stumbles are the side effect of an artist dedicated to capturing all the mess of the modern world, and even if there are moments that grate or confound, there's still something invigorating about an artist who refuses to sit still.
  7. The Wire
    Jul 13, 2018
    50
    On his fourth album, he seems to be wrestling with how to modernise his signature blues and roots foundation without minimising its traditional elements. Parts that would work better with stripped down production are overproduced with the layering of background vocals, keyboards and added sound effects, making the music too rich for the message. [Jul 2018, p.48]