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  • Summary: The debut full-length studio release from Nigerian Afrobeats/R&B artist Tems features guest appearances by Asake and J. Cole.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. 100
    While renowned for R&B and Afrobeat, here, Tems displays an ability to meld contrasting sounds and tempos, allowing them to flow and interlock – seamlessly echoing notions of freedom. Tems closes out the record with ‘You In My Face’ and ‘Hold On’ – a one-two punch of finesse.
  2. Jun 7, 2024
    80
    Born in the Wild measures the soul-work it’s taken to get here. All of it – the professional, the familial, the spiritual – has paid off on an album so rich that the listening experience is a physical one as much as it is emotional.
  3. Jun 7, 2024
    80
    The magnificence of Lauryn Hill? The success of Sade? Tems is out there in a lane of her own.
  4. 80
    A debut this assured is rare but, then, Tems evidently is an all-or-nothing kind of artist. Just as her lyrics show her turning away from romantic distractions (she craves real connection), so, too, do her songs make it clear that she’s in it for the long haul.
  5. Jun 13, 2024
    78
    Born in the Wild, much like Tems the artist, is a slow burn that rewards patience.