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  • Summary: Race, womanhood and relationships are some of themes on the second full-length release for Los Angeles-based violinist/singer Sudan Archives.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Sep 8, 2022
    100
    Even when Parks tries on different hats, Natural Brown Prom Queen still manages to feel cohesive and genuine. ... Meanwhile, songs like “Ciara” and “Freakalizer” feel like hits ahead of their time.
  2. Sep 9, 2022
    90
    As a vocalist, Parks shows even greater versatility, matching modes ranging from breathy siren to tough MC with productions that dish out flickering electronics, atmospheric breaks, blown-out trap, and knocking hip-hop soul. Resilience, joy, and power emanate from all of it.
  3. Sep 9, 2022
    85
    Parks has made her most undeniable statement yet, an album full of uplifting and mesmerizing neo-classics that will fit right in the hearts and minds of the thousands it will touch.
  4. Sep 7, 2022
    80
    Natural Brown Prom Queen is somewhat overstuffed with both tracks and ideas, and the album's chaotic, sometimes hurried nature doesn't always work to its advantage. But even if censoring herself a bit more would've made for a more concise project, the album is nonetheless a captivating glimpse into Sudan Archives' artistic palette.
  5. Sep 9, 2022
    80
    There is a certain struggle to be found in these songs but it is hidden underneath her self-assured cadence. Her storytelling on this album is direct and authentic and introduces us to a new side of Archives’ creative personality.
  6. Mojo
    Sep 7, 2022
    80
    A bold sequel whose charms unravel further with each listen. [Oct 2022, p.84]
  7. Sep 7, 2022
    70
    ‘Natural Brown Prom Queen’ is Sudan Archives’ most accessible record to date. An unashamedly brash and confident one, but much more subtle and realistic. Rumbling beats, smooth R&B grooves, with just a touch of the experimental. Yet, in opening itself wider, it loses some of the sharp idiosyncrasies that made the early material so exciting.

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Score distribution:
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Sep 29, 2022
    10
    No albums this summer have quite distracted me from my other listening as NBPQ has. It is a truly incredible follow-up to Athena, featuringNo albums this summer have quite distracted me from my other listening as NBPQ has. It is a truly incredible follow-up to Athena, featuring her most audacious and daring lyrics that exude a confidence that is so satisfying to see. Straddling the sexy/sultry, fun, and emotional - all within a wholly unique and impeccably manicured sound world - NBPQ is a stellar display of her sprawling skill. "Milk Me," "Loyal (EDD)," and "ChevyS10" are my personal standouts, but you can't go wrong with any of them. Expand
  2. Sep 16, 2022
    10
    impressive sophomore from Ms. Parks, she's evolving as a producer and flirting with 2000s pop culture, but making it artsy. the lyrics areimpressive sophomore from Ms. Parks, she's evolving as a producer and flirting with 2000s pop culture, but making it artsy. the lyrics are very fun and it's probably an AOTY potential Expand
  3. Sep 24, 2022
    8
    I really like this one. It’s a very smooth album, and I love how well the songs flow together. Overall a great album for easy listening, and II really like this one. It’s a very smooth album, and I love how well the songs flow together. Overall a great album for easy listening, and I would personally recommend it to those who haven’t heard it. Expand
  4. Sep 9, 2022
    7
    Impressive personal statement that sees Sudan elevate nor only as a singer but as a songwriter and violinist. The clash of **** grooves andImpressive personal statement that sees Sudan elevate nor only as a singer but as a songwriter and violinist. The clash of **** grooves and airy rnb highness in a foundation of deep stamping beats and layering. This album is a manifesto of femininity, dependent independence and joy. Definitely AOTY contender. Expand