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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Los Angeles pop artist features a guest appearance from Francis And The Lights.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
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  1. Jul 15, 2019
    100
    As with all the best sets, it’s coherent but not repetitive, the ghostly Auto-Tune choir, which features on most tracks, sighing and whispering encouragement behind Banks’s increasingly empowered words. There are shades of Bon Iver and Billie Eilish in her layered, subtle sound, but also a rare, steely delicacy all her own.
  2. 80
    Overall, Banks has taken a step forward in her development as an artist, and you can hear this increase in maturity across each album. At times, her evolution is not as convincing as other artists on her level, though the quality of the songwriting here generally makes up for that.
  3. Jul 9, 2019
    80
    III is definitely a progression for her as an artist. The more upbeat tracks are interspersed among softer, more delicate, heartfelt ones that represent the duality of her personality and also increase its replay value.
  4. iii is probably a couple of tracks too long, but Banks has created another supremely intriguing musical world filled with ear-snagging lyrics and quirky production flourishes: the lone dog-bark sound effect before the final chorus of ‘Gimme’ is a classic Banks touch. It’s difficult to avoid the conclusion “that bitch” is a pretty apt description for her after all.
  5. Jul 11, 2019
    80
    Banks clearly encouraged them [her collaborators] to swing for the fences: The distressed sonics her get as extreme as Low got on last year’s Double Negative, albeit in much different context. It’s thrilling, gutting stuff.
  6. 80
    III is Banks’s most cohesive album to date because she’s no longer restricting herself to exploring one feeling at a time.
  7. Jul 12, 2019
    40
    The mood of the album largely feels scattered and unfocused, and nothing lands quite as well as the bass-heavy, vengeful breakup song template that she’s best known for. Banks sounds freer, and is showing new sides of herself, but they’re not all entirely convincing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 34
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 34
  3. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Jul 12, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Incrível, parece uma sinfonia nos meus ouvidos. Banks nunca erra em seus álbuns! Expand
  2. Jul 14, 2019
    10
    a 10/10 unique banks sound, a 10/10 album.
    Every song is uniquely different yet doesn't make you feel like losing her idenitiy while
    a 10/10 unique banks sound, a 10/10 album.
    Every song is uniquely different yet doesn't make you feel like losing her idenitiy while listening, every song was thought-thru, based on a 30th listen. yes i love banks so much. you have the semi up-tempo songs "Gimme, Propaganda, Alaska....." then strips down with "Hawaiian Mazes, Sawzall, Look What you're doing to me, If we were made of water...." let's you sink into the unique banks sound, a dark-emotional journey with "Stroke, Till Now, Godless" Thank you Jillian Banks.
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  3. Jul 12, 2019
    10
    This album is definitely one of the best albums of the year! BANKS serves us a beautiful story about her life in 13 songs and it’s absolutelyThis album is definitely one of the best albums of the year! BANKS serves us a beautiful story about her life in 13 songs and it’s absolutely worth listening. Album is lyrically stunning and you can hear it from the first minutes. The balance between slower and these uptempo ones is so good. Songs give me goosebumps every time I listen to them! It will be a tough challenge for other artists to make a better longplay than this one. Expand
  4. Jul 14, 2019
    10
    Best album of the year. She has outdone herself. Every track as amazing as the last.
  5. Jul 15, 2019
    10
    lowkey, watching an artist evolve with their music throughout the years is admiring. yes, it did take a few listens to completely digest andlowkey, watching an artist evolve with their music throughout the years is admiring. yes, it did take a few listens to completely digest and understand this album, disregard the fact that banks nearly ditches her dark-electronica sound for half of iii , and completely embrace another side of banks I was so unaware I was ready for. honestly, iii is unlike her first two albums and that makes this album so refreshing to listen. there are glimpses of dark-pop banks, but she also introduces a more softer, delicate yet playful side of her soul which she bares so well. she remains blunt with her lyrics, sometimes sloppy and harsh with delivery but that's an admiring trait that i pray banks never censors. the three years inbetween albums were long yet a rewarding wait.

    highlights: till now, contaminated, sawzall, hawaiian mazes, if we were made of water
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  6. Jul 13, 2019
    9
    She continues to push her boundaries, making a dark & emotional album similar yet new from her previous two. My favorite of her discography.
  7. Jul 12, 2019
    1
    One more bad job that criticism tries to push down everyone's throats. Maybe you lack inspiration to create interesting melodies and lyricsOne more bad job that criticism tries to push down everyone's throats. Maybe you lack inspiration to create interesting melodies and lyrics with a good message Expand

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