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Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. Sep 19, 2022
    80
    Spirituals pushes Santigold's music forward while shoring up its strengths -- and for perhaps the first time since her debut, it feels like art that she had to make for herself.
  2. Sep 12, 2022
    80
    This whirlwind album is full of feeling and fervour, and its liveliness affirms just why she is a singular talent.
  3. Sep 9, 2022
    80
    She created a very enjoyable album filled with so much personality and emotion that it’s hard to deny the beauty of it. While the length does make you question what could have been, the 10-tracks presented are so masterfully done and built to be put on repeat.
  4. 80
    Spirituals is tonally consistent despite its range of distinctive influences and talents. Just when Santigold threatens to lean into the corny, as on the SBTRKT-produced Shake, she pulls back, adding a whimsical, purposefully on-the-nose rattle sound at the end of each wedding disco-like “shake, shake, shake it” hook. It’s a joy to hear her back in her creative swing.
  5. Sep 8, 2022
    80
    Not all of the tracks are wholly successful, and on occasion the vocal clarity is hidden from view. Yet that barely matters, for the fierce spirit remains. Spirituals is both old and new at the same time – drawing on the human spirit, but using cutting edge electronics to do it. Playing to Santigold’s strengths through inventive beats and melodies, it is a fine return.
  6. Spirituals’ gets more brutalist as it goes on, weaving its way from tropical space-pop through cosmic reggae to the gothic R&B cranks and coils of ‘Ain’t Ready’ and, finally, to ‘Fail First’, a wonderfully New Order-ish concoction of indietronic chug, industrial grunge guitars, spectral cheerleader chants and punkoid yells.
  7. Sep 7, 2022
    80
    Sweetly haunting, melodic and defiant, Santigold has created the perfect album to guide listeners from hazy summer nights into the cold light of new days ahead.
  8. Sep 13, 2022
    74
    Spirituals is peppered with clunky, too-literal lyrics that disrupt the spell cast by the music’s emotion. But by the end, we get a glimpse of the next phase of Santigold’s artistry—a project not bound by genre, form, physicality, or language.
  9. Sep 7, 2022
    73
    Spirituals is an album that takes admirably big swings in its desire to shake all constraints off, and inevitably, there is messiness in the movement. The risks pay off, but leave some of the tracks in the album’s middle stretch to play supporting roles.
  10. Uncut
    Sep 15, 2022
    70
    Auto-Tuned electro-soul, reggae-lite rhythms and deceptively political lyrics are key motifs here, although Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs lends some grungey thrust to "Fall First." [Nov 2022, p.36]
  11. Sep 12, 2022
    70
    Her least celebratory album to date, Spirituals is nonetheless ornate and often frenetic, managing to give her pent-up anxiety a kind of release.
  12. Sep 7, 2022
    70
    Wanting more of something is hardly the worst criticism to be leveled at an album. With this long-awaited release, Santigold has once more shown the world she’s one of the game’s most unique, imaginative, and fun creators. It’s good to have her back.
  13. Sep 7, 2022
    70
    Where ‘Spirituals’ - which both marks a return from a four-year break and Santi’s first release as an independent artist - works best, is as reminder and introduction. The cut-and-paste, mixtape ethos that shone through in the first place is still there.
  14. Sep 14, 2022
    68
    As it stands, it’s a solid and often a fun listen, with some real highlights and crystalline production, but for such a lofty eponymous allusion, the album winds up shortchanging itself a bit, rarely languishing long enough in its own ideas to land the dizzying punch Santigold has revealed herself to be capable of time and again.
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  1. Sep 9, 2022
    9
    Depois de 6 anos, Santigold está de volta em Spirituals, mais experimental e etérea que nunca. Este é, sem dúvidas, o trabalho mais diferenteDepois de 6 anos, Santigold está de volta em Spirituals, mais experimental e etérea que nunca. Este é, sem dúvidas, o trabalho mais diferente de sua carreira, pois bebe de fontes do pop experimental, misturados com um rap obscuro e batidas de trap interessantes. O álbum oscila entre o atmosférico e o físico. As batidas te levam pro chão, enquanto os sintetizadores te fazem flutuar nas histórias. Vocais bem elaborados, com influências claras da música gospel, deixam a obra, por vezes, fantasmagórica, mergulhando de vez no conceito espiritual que o álbum traz. Não é o melhor trabalho de Santigold, mas notamos uma reconexão da artista com seu próprio passado. Full Review »