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  • Summary: The latest release for the British dubstep/grime producer features guest appearances from Andrew Ashong, Etta Bond, Kiko Bun, D Double E, Daley, Nubya Garcia, Ghetts, Knucks Eva Lazarus, P Money, Kojey Radical, and Rider Shafique.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Q Magazine
    Feb 4, 2019
    80
    While the guest MCs provide the better-known names (Ghetts, Kojey Radical), it is the singers who make this such a special album. [Mar 2019, p.120]
  2. Jan 25, 2019
    80
    There is so much right about this album that it’s hard to criticise: Swindle’s vision to blend different worlds of underground music, together with his choice of features--as well as intriguing changes in pace--are what makes this album great.
  3. Jan 25, 2019
    80
    Swindle and his carefully curated mix of guests manage to craft a joyous fusion of sound instilled with pertinent life lessons on No More Normal. It's a celebration of the connections that make our lives richer but also one that shows a unique musical talent at the very top of his game.
  4. Mojo
    Jan 25, 2019
    80
    Swindle wears his perfectionism lightly: satisfying tastebuds while leaving listeners hungry for more. [Mar 2019, p.98]
  5. Feb 7, 2019
    75
    No More Normal is uplifting and wholesome, packaging a definite homage to UK music through the variety of artists included.
  6. Jan 25, 2019
    70
    Swindle aims high on No More Normal, which is clearly intended for a widespread audience rather than the U.K. underground massive, and its best moments are grand and inspirational.
  7. The Wire
    Apr 3, 2019
    70
    No More Normal showcases UK talent proudly, but bringing so much of it together, loses some of the character that might attract new listeners to UK music. Reaching for the historical weight of Soul II Soul, it ends up with the easy going vibe of The Brand New Heavies. [Apr 2019, p.59]
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  1. Feb 17, 2019
    9
    ____ Swindle has been writing his fifth album for 3 years. "No More Normal" is an attempt to stylistic limitations, to expand musical____ Swindle has been writing his fifth album for 3 years. "No More Normal" is an attempt to stylistic limitations, to expand musical boundaries, combining genres and stratifying their time contexts. The past and present of the music are intertwined into one composition and become one album, without losing relevance for any connoisseur of genres. Cameron just found a middle ground: and now, against the backdrop of chic jazz orchestrations, we slish modern beats, intriguing changes in the rhythm and performance of artists of different genres.

    ____ Wonderful album! Impressed and long remembered. Especially: California and Talk a Lot.
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