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  • Summary: The debut full-length album for the alternative rock artist has Spank Rock and Trouble Andrew as featured guests.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. The album is hardly flawless, but in an era that retro-fetishizes rock and whitewashed pop, Santogold feels both raw and real. [25 Apr/2 May 2008, p.119]
  2. This album is a place to crash, boots to wear, pepper spray to fight back with and charcoal to dirty your hands. If the struggles of urban artists sound like this, these 12 anthems ensure that starving will never go out of style.
  3. 80
    Combining new wave, ska, dub, grime, Baltimore club, and hip-hop in an ear-warping wash of 21st-century psychedelia, Santogold takes listeners on a trip to a hidden black America, where White acts as tour guide through the alleyways of her mind and undoubtedly excellent iPod.
  4. No Doubt-esque ska-pop forms the record's core, but her belting vocal hooks really come into their own on the robotic indie numbers.
  5. Santogold pours all that experience into a bracingly eclectic set full of fuzzy New Wave synths, sticky avant-soul melodies, busted-laptop beats and sing-song vocal chants inherited from the likes of Neneh Cherry and Björk. If you've managed to avoid her until now, you won't be able to for much longer.
  6. Santogold might try to separate formula and art, but her album catches fire when she blasts that distinction into irrelevance.
  7. Variously hailed as the future of pop music, the next M.I.A., and the culmination of punk, New Wave, and electronic pop, the most remarkable aspect of Santogold’s debut is how ordinary most of it is. [Summer 2008]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
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  1. Aug 13, 2010
    10
    Santigold did a perfect job on this album, combining perfectly and mergers distant sounds amazing, fun melodies and a very particular depth inSantigold did a perfect job on this album, combining perfectly and mergers distant sounds amazing, fun melodies and a very particular depth in her voice and lyrics, without a doubt one of the best alternative albums of the decade and one of the best voices of the moment, Creator and LES Artistes are masterpieces! i really enjoy her music! Expand
  2. Geoff
    May 8, 2008
    10
    While it resembles M.I.A it enters territory not covered by the latter and does so effectively. i.e It kicks some serious ass and will be While it resembles M.I.A it enters territory not covered by the latter and does so effectively. i.e It kicks some serious ass and will be pumping in my ride for at least the next week Expand
  3. TomA.
    May 27, 2008
    10
    A fantastic debut, mashing various styles and sounds, from electro, punk, rock and pop with a wider world influence, flavours of M.I.A., A fantastic debut, mashing various styles and sounds, from electro, punk, rock and pop with a wider world influence, flavours of M.I.A., Bjork and even Gwen Stefani. Ultimately a strong and determined voice, with a a sense of passion and determination. A fresh classic album to define the summer of 08, I cant wait to see her live. Expand
  4. JasonA.
    May 6, 2008
    9
    From start to finish this is a really listenable and most excellent album. Very eclectic mix of styles; indie, new wave, dance, dub reggae, From start to finish this is a really listenable and most excellent album. Very eclectic mix of styles; indie, new wave, dance, dub reggae, etc... One song will sound like The Pretenders, another like M.I.A, then another like No Doubt, then another like Tegan and Sara and then 4 others like nothing I've ever heard before. Despite the fact that I'm a dude, I can't stop listening to "I'm a Lady". What a freakin' song! Expand
  5. LeviS.
    Sep 8, 2008
    9
    I think it's a great, versatile album. There is not a single track on it you'd want to skip when listening.
  6. MarkS.
    Jun 25, 2008
    9
    Weird but wonderful with at least three gems on there that are 'first time lovers'.
  7. RaphS.
    Oct 26, 2008
    7
    Is it me or does this feel like a recycled version of bloc party's silent alarm with r'n'b twangs added to make it a bit Is it me or does this feel like a recycled version of bloc party's silent alarm with r'n'b twangs added to make it a bit different. it's still pretty good but only as an IT album. Don't expect fireworks. more like a 6.5. Expand

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