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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the British alternative R&B artist was written/produced with Mica Levi.
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  1. Aug 7, 2018
    100
    Much like Ocean’s Blonde, Devotion unfolds and unravels in different ways upon each listen, giving you everything but never too soon. With it, Tirzah and Levi have created something fiercely unique, relatable and of the moment; one of the most crucial pop records of the year.
  2. Aug 8, 2018
    90
    For all the internal nuance of the record, Devotion is primarily an album built on the invisible ties between us, shifting between shades of love, rupture and unsteady silence. In the sparseness of its haze, Devotion feels ephemeral.
  3. Aug 16, 2018
    90
    On Devotion, she cordons off her own corner of modern Rn’B with a statement destined to become a genre staple.
  4. Q Magazine
    Aug 7, 2018
    80
    It's impulsive and scrappy, lyrically uncomplicated and musically crude, yet each strange, hypnotic composition turns a quiet epiphany into a revelation. [Sep 2018, p.113]
  5. Aug 10, 2018
    80
    The album's vérité feel draws listeners into its ever-changing moods so completely, it's almost a shock when it ends. It's this skill at hypnotizing and disarming her audience that makes Devotion such a captivating reintroduction to Tirzah.
  6. Aug 9, 2018
    80
    The arrangements are simple but elevated by deft touches of texture and mood, siphoning into hypnotic minimalism the essence of muted soul, garage, grime, R&B and the shattered club tracks that made the defunct London club Plastic People tremble in the early 2010s.
  7. Aug 9, 2018
    50
    Those songs [dance songs between 2013 and 2015] didn't orient themselves around the kinds of narratives that require emotive singing. The feelings they produced were tactile, registering as sensations rather than stories. There, Mastin and Levi's divergent styles created the impression of unity, with each giving the other something she was missing. On Devotion, you can hear them drifting apart.

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