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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Austin duo of Adrian Quesada and Eric Burton who were named Best New Band at the 2019 Austin Music Awards.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jun 24, 2019
    89
    From the opening drum breaks of "Black Moon Rising," a sinister slice of psychedelic R&B, the LP ignites as one long, slow burn.
  2. Mojo
    Jun 24, 2019
    80
    While such songs can be taken on a simple level as a promise between two lovers, like so much great soul music, tghere's a sense that Black Pumas, responding to the current mood of division and fear, are providing a what-the-world-needs-now- is-love message. [Jul 2019, p.90]
  3. Q Magazine
    Jul 2, 2019
    80
    Transcends its hackneyed backstory on account of its sheer quality. [Aug 2019, p.108]
  4. 70
    The 10 tunes fly by in the fastest 40 minutes of your life. No need to pick and choose favorites either, because there’s little filler on a debut that knows the approach it wants and nails it with graceful professionalism and buckets of passion.
  5. Jul 1, 2019
    70
    Burton sings about interior voyages and the tracks were usually constructed by no more than two musicians; it’s music made at home, for home listening. That’s all well and good, since the duo has considerable skill, but this existential lonerism underscores a chasm between the pair and their influences. Unlike the icons of the era they find so inspiring, Black Pumas rarely look outside of themselves.
  6. Uncut
    Jun 24, 2019
    70
    The duo's lesser songs may not stray from a familiar pocket of retro-soul, but it's a very fine pocket nonetheless. [Jul 2019, p.24]
  7. Jun 28, 2019
    60
    A substantial portion of the album is either reverential or referential to a degree that it can sound more like an exercise in homage or a licensing tactic than a distinctive work.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Jul 31, 2019
    10
    Great combination of soul, funk and blues!
    Memorable choruses, and such a great voice!
    Beautiful stuff
  2. Sep 13, 2019
    10
     ____ "Black Pumas" is a very rich, musically aggressive (in a good way) record in the best traditions of this direction. "Fire", "Colors", ____ "Black Pumas" is a very rich, musically aggressive (in a good way) record in the best traditions of this direction. "Fire", "Colors", "Black Moon Rising", "Oct 33" with its string part - bright, catchy tracks that will not leave indifferent any music lover.
    Burton's voice surprisingly successfully fits into the composition, glides in the music stream and gives some special flavor.
    I will say that this is a fairly high bar for all artists of this genre. Aesthetics and style at the highest level.
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  3. Sep 3, 2020
    10
    Black Pumas, thanks for this incredible and inspiring record, I can feel every letter and melody of every second. One of the best jobs done inBlack Pumas, thanks for this incredible and inspiring record, I can feel every letter and melody of every second. One of the best jobs done in 2019, you can take us to another universe of empowerment. A magnificent blend of soul, funk and blues. Expand
  4. Dec 7, 2020
    0
    I don’t understand how people would call this a good record??? Literally one of the most forgettable albums of this year I can’t remember whatI don’t understand how people would call this a good record??? Literally one of the most forgettable albums of this year I can’t remember what the songs sound like after 2 listens Expand