- Summary: The fourth full-length release for Dev Hynes as Blood Orange was self-produced and features guest appearances from A$AP Rocky, Ian Isiah, Steve Lacy, Janet Mock, Anne Muldrow, Project Pat, Puff Daddy, and Tei Shi.
- Record Label: Domino
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
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Aug 23, 2018Intentionally or not, Hynes has surreptitiously convinced listeners to deeply engage with his art; we're digging for the grooves, searching out the hooks while questioning our own habits and assumptions, as we look for our own meaning in the music. And there's plenty in Negro Swan.
Q MagazineAug 28, 2018Here he leads by example, creating wonderfully complex, changeable music that dares to be different. [Oct 2018, p.109]
Aug 24, 2018Slippery and cryptic, Negro Swan blurs boundaries between the finished and the unfinished; between focused deliberation and thrown-together spontaneity; between fly-on-the-wall conversations and self-contained songs; between indie experimentalism and overground pop; between insider and outsider, black and white, straight and gay, trans and cis; between taxing depletion and invigorating replenishment.
MojoAug 23, 2018Negro Swan is more consolidation than the ext great leap forwards. [Oct 2018, p.91]
Positive: 3 out of 3
Mixed: 0 out of 3
Negative: 0 out of 3
Sep 10, 2018This is a rich and rewarding listen, has its own sense of humor, purpose and identity as well. It's also a challenging listen. The onlyThis is a rich and rewarding listen, has its own sense of humor, purpose and identity as well. It's also a challenging listen. The only quibble I have (Not a detraction, just personal) is some of the spoken word book-ends on some of the tracks kind of take away from the experience. Overall it's a strong recommend though.… Expand
Nov 15, 2018_____ The music of Devonte Hynes is always some kind of inexplicable magic. So much light and charm in it ... and this is absolutely without_____ The music of Devonte Hynes is always some kind of inexplicable magic. So much light and charm in it ... and this is absolutely without exaggeration.
_____ And how does this person turn from one album to another to create such musical wonders? I think that this is one simple explanation: his music is not "squeezed out of the finger," but comes from the soul.
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