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  • Summary: The third album for the German-Nigerian singer features guest appearances from Black Thought of The Roots and Ms. Dynamite.
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  1. Mar 12, 2012
    91
    For listeners ready to let go of expectations and embark on a musical ride, the journey will be well worth it.
  2. 83
    Nneka give weighty topics--think faith and family--a soulful effervescence. [2 Mar 2012, p.73]
  3. Mar 22, 2012
    80
    Occasionally, it feels like she's trying a little too hard to reach American ears, but she balances the conservative neo-soul vibes with just enough hard left turns to keep listeners on their toes.
  4. Mar 27, 2012
    70
    It's good to hear a new album that brims both with strong opinions and great pop songs, often at the same time.
  5. Mar 15, 2012
    67
    At 15 tracks, Soul's tautness sometimes suffers, but Nneka makes her heavy-lifting sound first-rate virtually all the time.
  6. Mar 8, 2012
    60
    There is much to recommend in Nneka's third album, though if it was slightly shorter it could be considered a great album rather than merely a good one.
  7. Apr 2, 2012
    40
    The songs themselves, delivered via polished neo-soul and roots-reggae arrangements, seldom push beyond the retro comfort zone. [Apr 2012, p.98]

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