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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Los Angeles-based artist features contributions from Tim Anderson, Al Shux, Sohn,
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Mind Games
I foresee it's true, that you would love me better If I couldn't screw All your moves that make me wanna run away But I got stuck with faulty legs I... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Sep 30, 2016
    98
    Overall, this is unmistakably a Banks album, so if you've liked anything she's done so far, this is definitely worth checking out. Despite some of the shifts described above, her darkness is still there, and it is still equal parts inviting and off-putting.
  2. Sep 29, 2016
    80
    Banks packs enough energy and zeal at the starting line to duly lay waste to whoever was foolish enough to break her heart.
  3. Sep 30, 2016
    80
    Banks is perfectly comfortable in her own skin and artistic abilities, and it shows immensely on The Altar.
  4. Sep 30, 2016
    70
    From Gemini Feed’s bold awareness, to 27 Hours’ electrifying finish, The Altar is an accomplishment. There’s much more happening, but its tighter and fuller, filling in the most glaring gaps left by Goddess.
  5. Oct 5, 2016
    60
    The high points of The Altar are nearly perfect, but these are outnumbered by a massive middle section comprised of unremarkable, uninspired filler.
  6. 60
    Strip away the tics and production fidgets and these songs aren’t hugely distinctive--they lack the arresting weirdness of artier peers such as FKA twigs.
  7. Oct 12, 2016
    51
    The Altar has a lot in common with Goddess, including its fatal flaw: its attempts to position Banks as edgy or dangerous, despite all musical evidence to the contrary.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
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  1. Sep 30, 2016
    10
    BANKS is a goddess, and she proved it twice. Goddess is one of my favorite albums ever, and I thought that it's impossible to beat theBANKS is a goddess, and she proved it twice. Goddess is one of my favorite albums ever, and I thought that it's impossible to beat the perfection of Goddess but she proved me wrong. The Altar is something different, it's perfect in every way. She can go from trap beats to piano to guitar and she does it so effortlessly. Altar is so good that I don't even have a favorite song, every song is a unique experience but I think she did it best on 'Judas', 'Mother Earth' and 'Haunt'. I can't wait to see her live, I already bought tickets for her show in London. I'm so hyped about it. Expand
  2. Oct 29, 2016
    10
    Охуенный альбом мне очень нравится обожаю смотреть как это няшка забивает гвозди на жопаннОхуенный альбом мне очень нравится обожаю смотреть как это няшка забивает гвозди на жопанн
  3. Sep 30, 2016
    10
    The album sounds much more expansive than its predecessor, in addition BANKS explores in tracks like "Trainwreck" and "Poltergeist". ThisThe album sounds much more expansive than its predecessor, in addition BANKS explores in tracks like "Trainwreck" and "Poltergeist". This album is vibrant, is dark and is an incredible work by a fiery woman. Expand
  4. Feb 26, 2018
    10
    Não acredito que nunca ouvi esse álbum antes, é simplesmente maravilhoso. Minha favorita é F*** With Myself mas todas as músicas são ótimas, aNão acredito que nunca ouvi esse álbum antes, é simplesmente maravilhoso. Minha favorita é F*** With Myself mas todas as músicas são ótimas, a Banks merece mais reconhecimento. Expand
  5. Sep 30, 2016
    10
    eu não tenho palavras,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, eu nao teNHO PALAVRAAS EEEEEU NÃO TENHOOeu não tenho palavras,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, eu nao teNHO PALAVRAAS EEEEEU NÃO TENHOO PAAAALAAAVRASSSSSSSSWWWWWW Expand
  6. Mar 18, 2018
    9
    Emotional voice and full of memorable tracks. Some notable tracks are: Gemini Feed, **** With Myself and This is Not About Us. DefinitelyEmotional voice and full of memorable tracks. Some notable tracks are: Gemini Feed, **** With Myself and This is Not About Us. Definitely recommend to everyone. Expand
  7. Oct 1, 2016
    7
    BANKS has gone and done it again. With The Altar, she delivers another stunning album from start to finish. It might not be as amazing asBANKS has gone and done it again. With The Altar, she delivers another stunning album from start to finish. It might not be as amazing as Goddess but that said, its still one of the best releases of the year and just goes to show how good (albeit underrated) of an artist she really is. From the production to the vocals, the whole album is very well-crafted. Standouts include Gemini Feed, Judas & 27 Hours. Collapse Expand

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