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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
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  1. Feb 19, 2015
    10
    What should I say about the debut album of the twins Díaz? It is simply one of the best things I heard in 2015! One of the best debut, just it.

    The authenticity of these is impeccable and it's frightening because it's so detailed and magnificent. Coming with a Jazz and Folk mixing culture with musical knowledge and extremely personal feelings, it just makes the album more intense, deep
    What should I say about the debut album of the twins Díaz? It is simply one of the best things I heard in 2015! One of the best debut, just it.

    The authenticity of these is impeccable and it's frightening because it's so detailed and magnificent. Coming with a Jazz and Folk mixing culture with musical knowledge and extremely personal feelings, it just makes the album more intense, deep and heavenly. The Soprano voice of Lisa-Kaindé do the background looks like an angel, while Naomi keep your voice Mezzo-Soprano in front, showing the pain with melodramatic feelings.

    About the songs: "Mama Says" and "Faifhful" is the most deep to tell a little about how the mother of the twins felt after the loss of their father, the percussionist Miguel Díaz. This is totally hard to do, especially for a family ... We can see clearly the difficulty that the three passed and still passing with the loss of a family member. "Oya", "River" and "Weatherman" bring a more electro-experimental tone, leaving the album on a high with what is contemporary, while "Stranger / Lover" and "Yanira" show the roots of Cuba that girls have.

    At last, this album is amazing and it's almost impossible not to appreciate the comprehensive content, the talent and the personal theme that Ibayi acquired as a legacy of his father.
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  2. Feb 23, 2015
    9
    WOW -- I honestly didn't expect to like this as much as I did.
    A perfect fusion of languages, and genre styles makes for an epic performance.
    The only fault I found upon listening to this debut album was that upon completion, I only wanted more.
  3. Mar 1, 2015
    8
    If Asa’s music made love to Nneka's music and had a dark baby, this album is what you get, the Ibeyi album by Ibeyi is a good debut effort

    4.2/ 5 Wraps. Check out sybt.tv for more reviews
  4. Oct 29, 2015
    9
    This album is so much fun. I love how they play with sound, wheather that be cultural sound or playing with genres to create the sound of Ibeyi. So different, so strange, so great.
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78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Mar 23, 2015
    80
    With such masterful creativity and an ability to connect with listeners emotionally, no matter what language they are singing in, Ibeyi may have already released the debut album of the year.
  2. Mar 2, 2015
    60
    Ibeyi is an uneven but sturdily promising debut.
  3. Uncut
    Feb 27, 2015
    80
    The brilliant "Oya" places the sisters' voices front and centre, swinging from Bjork-like vocal gymnastics into a Yoruban spiritual. Elsewhere, Russell winds the pair's cajon and Bata beats into wonky boom-clap rhythms that smartly complement the romantic "ghosts" or "Think Of You." [Apr 2015, p.77]