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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the New York experimental R&B artist features a guest appearance from NAO.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
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  1. 100
    A stunning celebration of Black, gay love. ... It is also a groundbreaking proclamation of personal acceptance.
  2. 91
    Where Soil embraced the discord of romantic entanglements, Deacon, its follow-up, is a celebration of the opposite: the comfort and assurance that swells from deep connection. [Apr 2021, p.73]
  3. Mar 24, 2021
    90
    ‘DEACON’ is a triumph because it realises and relives love’s quiet, archived moments, be it romantic or spiritual. It’s a triumph because it reminds us R&B exists on a vast continuum, forever a source of inspiration and innovation.
  4. Mar 25, 2021
    80
    ‘DEACON’ confidently celebrates love in all its spiritual glory, with an unwavering focus on the good. In his sweetest moments, serpentwithfeet’s joy is palpable, paired with an unwavering sensuality that underpins each of the album’s eleven tracks.
  5. Mar 29, 2021
    80
    More soothing and fulfilling than thrilling, Deacon revolves around the idea that love doesn't have to be a burden. It's a realization that serpentwithfeet transforms into a beautiful, fully realized work of art for his audience to savor.
  6. Mar 25, 2021
    80
    On Deacon, Wise continues to prove how insightful he is at weaving his romantic obsessions with painfully honest, emotional expressions of his personal fuck-ups. Only this time his songs are more earthbound, grounded in the secular rather than the celestial.
  7. Mar 25, 2021
    70
    serpent has crafted a spatially attentive album centred around representation and reverence, inclusivity and acceptance.

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  1. Mar 26, 2021
    10
    Absolutely stunning piece of work & oozes out like warm honey. Album of the year worthy 10/10
  2. Apr 1, 2021
    10
    A delightful experience that teaches people the right to love and that queer poc also deserve recognition!
  3. Apr 1, 2021
    10
    simply, it's a work of masterpiece with such otherwordly, heartfelt voice felt deep inside. fav. tracks: malik, amir, old & fine andsimply, it's a work of masterpiece with such otherwordly, heartfelt voice felt deep inside. fav. tracks: malik, amir, old & fine and highlight "sailors' superstition". one of the most memorable albums of 2021. Expand
  4. Mar 31, 2021
    5
    To be completely honest, I can't find the memorable thing about this album. It is simplistic (?); perhaps he wanted to play it as a minimalistTo be completely honest, I can't find the memorable thing about this album. It is simplistic (?); perhaps he wanted to play it as a minimalist to focus on the lyrical message, but that did not help to develop the concept of Deacon. I feel disappointed after having such high expectations for it. I can suddenly celebrate the frankness with which he talks about queer love, but it's like a baby who has been put on the most beautiful little shoes in the world, and hasn't been taught to walk yet.

    favorite tracks: "Malik", "Heart Storm", "Derrick's Bear", "Amir" and "Fellowship"
    KEY-TRACK: "Sailors' Superstition"
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