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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the experimental pop/R&B artist features a guest appearance from Bonnie Banane.
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  1. Apr 10, 2019
    90
    It is left to the listener to piece through these lyrical asides to find meanings of his or her own rather being led by the nose, which only makes Ancestor Boy all the more thrilling, especially when its driven by such an effective, powerful production.
  2. Apr 3, 2019
    80
    Harnessing a very earthy and elemental attitude and sound, ANCESTOR BOY is often powerful and overflowing with sound but never feels overwhelming as it is consistently surprising and deeply engaging. It's difficult not to dive head first into Lafawndah’s musical vision.
  3. The Wire
    Apr 3, 2019
    80
    Forgoing any temptation to portray herself as an alluring curio, Lafawndah instead pushes a singular yet communal vision, processing a blessedly rich vein of cultural information and cutting edge influence. [Apr 2019, p.63]
  4. Apr 3, 2019
    76
    Ancestor Boy's world is one of filial love, of kinship through blood or spirit, of otherness and self-reliance.
  5. Apr 29, 2019
    70
    Marrying the weight of her subject matter and boundless ideas into such a light and airy form can sometimes yield lopsided results. But given enough space, Lafawndah can truly soar.
  6. Apr 3, 2019
    53
    Not only is the trop-house she's mocking low-hanging fruit, but throughout Ancestor Boy, it's never clear where precisely she's coming from, literally or artistically. Her perspective is blandly adrift, tethered to neither a point of origin nor a destination.
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