Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
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  1. Q Magazine
    Feb 4, 2019
    80
    A new fraught kind of soul music. [Mar 2019, p.115]
  2. Jan 29, 2019
    80
    Without any obligations to an overarching concept this time around, it stands as her most direct effort yet.
  3. Jan 28, 2019
    80
    It sounds contemporary and creative, lush without being overproduced, but nowhere could you pick out the fingerprints of, say, Hudson Mohawke. It's all Richard, sounding tighter, stronger and more assured than ever.
  4. Jan 28, 2019
    80
    Adventurous but never abstruse, New Breed sounds effortless, as though transforming yourself from a manufactured pop star into a unique artist is the easiest thing in the world.
  5. Jan 28, 2019
    80
    The individual tracks on the record ebb and flow into each other. The conversational transitions only add to the album's gestalt.
  6. Jan 28, 2019
    80
    The label-defiant marvel again switches up her supporting co-producers and cooks up another half-hour of authoritative progressive pop.
  7. Jan 28, 2019
    70
    As a sincere love letter to NOLA, new breed certainly succeeds. But as a further example of the kind of musically adventurous statement that Richard has already proven she’s capable of, it falls just shy.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Feb 8, 2019
    10
    A very good album... Dawn has her own style and everything she comes out is cool. She is very creative and talented.
  2. Jan 29, 2019
    10
    An ode to her city New Orleans and a promise made to fan who wanted a former version of Richard. The album embodied the Swagger of Blackheart,An ode to her city New Orleans and a promise made to fan who wanted a former version of Richard. The album embodied the Swagger of Blackheart, Vocal ability of Goldenheart with sprinkles of A Tell Tale Heart Mixtape and Armor On - EP. Dawn found the balance in what makes her great. Full Review »