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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the British singer-songwriter was produced by Ben Hillier.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
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  1. Mojo
    Jun 24, 2020
    100
    Shah's voice throughout is fantastic, carrying and castigating her listeners along with her, while her brilliant band nails radio-friendly rock, swirling 4AD-style gothic atmospheres, and perfect post-punk attack. [Jul 2020, p.82]
  2. 90
    [An] excellent record: the guitars throughout the album are aggressive and sharp-edged, the bass is consistently robust and roaring, and rhythms are serpentine and oppressive - barely a moment goes by that you aren’t feeling Shah’s own claustrophobia, the weight of her own aging bearing down on your shoulders.
  3. Uncut
    Jun 24, 2020
    80
    It's bolshy, uncompromising and demands to be played on repeat. [Aug 2020, p.36]
  4. Q Magazine
    Jun 24, 2020
    80
    Direct, alert, questing, it's a record that powerfully refuses to settle down. [Summer 2020, p.107]
  5. Jun 25, 2020
    80
    Both playful and powerful in its delivery, ‘Kitchen Sink’ may be built around the challenges so many of us still face - and are angered by - on a near-daily basis, but it also offers a bit of light and - most importantly - liberating relief.
  6. Jun 29, 2020
    80
    Kitchen Sink is an album that slowly charms its way into your conscience, and is all the more pleasing for that.
  7. Jun 26, 2020
    75
    Throughout this album, despite its structural flaws, Shah paints several affecting and profound images. Her words are almost always sung in her trademark jazzy, vibrato-heavy style, which adds some dramatic flair to even the more mundane moments, as do tiny instrumental touches.

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