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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the British-Jamaican artist was produced by Everything Everything's Alex Robertshaw.
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  1. Jul 6, 2020
    80
    Electronic sound underpins the album – Too Close is defined by its technically impressive basslines, while on Turn Off the Radio, Moore’s ethereal words overlap each other in a chorus of distorted vocals.
  2. 80
    Glimmers with fantastic, layered production. Instead of merging sounds so they become indistinguishable, each chime, each clatter of percussion, is given its space – as a result the whole album feels remarkably fresh.
  3. Jul 6, 2020
    80
    For such an introspective record, it sure sounds like community - a portrait of an artist ready to lean into her fears.
  4. 70
    Overall, Modern Dread is an insightful, authentic record delivered with understated panache, and Denai Moore’s captivates despite minor imperfections.
  5. A tighter and more compact project would have elevated some of the album’s more enlightening moments, but, when taken as a whole, ‘Modern Dread’ ultimately disappoints.
  6. Q Magazine
    Jul 6, 2020
    60
    The business can feel overwhelming at times - more straightforwardly enjoyable are the pared-back tunes that leave enough room for Moore's slightly husky and hugely characterful voice to shine. [Aug 2020, p.109]
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