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  • Summary: The second full-length release for sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz was produced by Richard Russell and features guest appearances from Chilly Gonzales, Meshell Ndegeocello, Mala Rodriguez, and Kamasi Washington.
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Away Away
Away away Away away Time is running Though I'm young Through my window I see the day falling Will the promise be held? For at dawn I see the... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
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  1. Oct 4, 2017
    83
    At first, Ibeyi’s bright rhythms can feel deceptively stable, their harmonies uninhibited as they dip into dissonance, but they are deliberate in revealing the depth of their sadness.
  2. Sep 29, 2017
    80
    In the end, Ash is many things: militant, vulnerable, and tender; it is urgent yet unhurried, its sharp edges unapologetically exposed. It is rooted in struggles and seeks victory, not deliverance. It is not only memorable, but indomitable and beautiful.
  3. Sep 29, 2017
    80
    The results are magnificent.
  4. Oct 25, 2017
    80
    Ash is an album that captures this exact moment in time and does so with unquestionable virtuosity.
  5. Oct 30, 2017
    80
    When the album is taken as a whole, its full beauty is floodlit--a rare experience in the age of singles.
  6. Oct 25, 2017
    70
    Their willingness to embrace worldly influences--and infuse their own urbanity--into their arrangements is crucial with regards to enabling the spirited reveries to accommodate the twins’ extrasensory wordplay, bringing a stability to the arbitrary grooves.
  7. Q Magazine
    Sep 29, 2017
    60
    Sampling Michelle Obama on No Man Is Big Enough For My Arms feels glib, while Vale aspires to Solange-like authority but, unlike their voices never quite strikes the right note. [Nov 2017, p.111]

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  1. Oct 9, 2017
    10
    An album full of exaltation of African music in conjunction with pop music and rhythms of black origin turns it into a classic to know how toAn album full of exaltation of African music in conjunction with pop music and rhythms of black origin turns it into a classic to know how to appreciate what black music gives us the best. The duo surprised me once again after a series of addictive plays on "River" this time I'm giving endless reproductions in Away Away, No Man Is Big Enough for my Arms and Deathless.

    Português BR:
    Um álbum lotado de exaltação da música africana em junção com a música pop e ritmos de origem negra transforma-o em um clássico para saber apreciar o que a música negra nos proporciona de melhor. A dupla me surpreendeu mais uma vez após uma série de execuções viciantes em "River" desta vez estou dando infinitas reproduções em Away Away, No Man Is Big Enough for my Arms e Deathless.
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