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  • Summary: The debut album from Leon "Scratcha DVA" Smart features guest appearances by Natalie Maddix, Muhsinah, A.L. Zaki Ibrahim, Vikter Duplaix, Fatima, and Cornelia.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Apr 2, 2012
    80
    DVA's full-length debut Pretty Ugly feels more late night than early morning, cutting a swathe through dubstep, future soul and jittery electronica. [Apr 2012, p.98]
  2. Mar 20, 2012
    80
    It's rare an album creates a world so weird yet so coherent and absorbingly musical, but DVA has done it here; the only reasonable response is to take a deep breath and dive in.
  3. Mar 23, 2012
    80
    Soulful, moving music. [Apr 2012, p.91]
  4. Mar 14, 2012
    70
    Pretty Ugly takes the ugliest tropes of UK dance music and flips them inside out without losing what makes them so physically powerful in the first place.
  5. 70
    There's occasional crimes of flannel-wet schmaltz but mostly Smart is like an esoteric, London-based Dam-Funk with a fondness for chemically enhanced raving.
  6. Mar 16, 2012
    70
    Pretty Ugly is occasionally tender, sometimes facetious; thrillingly mechanical, let down by human voices; frequently adventurous, often injudicious.
  7. May 2, 2012
    40
    Pretty Ugly is neither very pretty nor particularly ugly, rather a lumpen, unengaging mess.

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