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  • Artist(s): Shamir Bailey
  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Las Vegas singer-songwriter was self-recorded and mixed.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Nov 2, 2017
    80
    The countertenor sings with an emotional, otherworldly raw power, whether he is conducting an imaginary conversation with an industry exec who dumped him (Games) or beautifully musing on coping with stress and pressure (Cloudy).
  2. 80
    Shamir represents what it is to be an outsider, with each of Revelation’s nine tracks teaching us to face our insecurities and embrace our weirdness. Even in the darkest times, Shamir’s brilliance continues to shine through
  3. Nov 6, 2017
    80
    The sound of an artist creatively re-energised, this is a revelation in all senses of the word.
  4. Nov 2, 2017
    65
    Revelations functions mostly as a career pivot rather than a killer reinvention. It's not essential.
  5. Dec 4, 2017
    60
    While Bailey’s true-to-self, organic approach on Revelations should be celebrated, the record serves more as a transition than a defining peg in Bailey’s young career.
  6. Q Magazine
    Nov 22, 2017
    60
    It's a record that manages to find hope among the uncertainties. [Jan 2018, p.113]
  7. Nov 3, 2017
    59
    Largely, Revelations leaves us waiting for the subtly brilliant moments its title suggests.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 4, 2017
    8
    Apart of me is annoyed that Shamir thinks that lo-fi music is just being lazy and hap-hazardly throw in whatever sound and out of placeApart of me is annoyed that Shamir thinks that lo-fi music is just being lazy and hap-hazardly throw in whatever sound and out of place instrumentation is "cool" when it's just a mess with recording and not that it's the use of recording equipment that makes it lo-fi, Revelations is a pretty damn good bedroom pop album, with the highlights like 90s Kid, Cloudy, doo wop like Blooming, and Straight Boy, showcasing a knack for catchy hooks that made house anthems like On the Regular instant classics, and Shamir's fantastic sincere yet angelic androgynous vocals adding an impact to listeners that can connect with it. Sure it is by no means as addictive as his magnificent debut, Ratchet, and while it is redundant, albeit more polished (ain't that an oxymoron), if you have listen to his Soundcloud album Hope, this is still a great listen if you can connect to it. Expand