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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the New York-based artist was self-produced.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
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  1. Oct 15, 2019
    100
    Vagabon is a record both stripped back yet electronically rich, genre disparate, but ultimately inclusive. A rewarding listen, it's an achievement beyond comprehension.
  2. Oct 15, 2019
    80
    The result is an ambitious album overflowing with generosity and empathy, warm in production and rich in theme, even if it largely lacks the punch that made Infinite Worlds so immediately memorable.
  3. Oct 18, 2019
    80
    Self-produced and largely self-performed, Vagabon celebrates her heritage and her community, but most of all her creative freedom to challenge musical boundaries and to break away from the norm.
  4. Oct 21, 2019
    80
    You hear none of that struggle here. She has labored and sweated and stressed to make a record that is completely devoid of these characteristics. It might have reared up out of a clam shell like Botticelli’s Venus.
  5. Q Magazine
    Nov 19, 2019
    80
    The sheer musical scope means Vagabon resembles a shifting mood piece, tied together not by generic tropes but its creator's singular sensibility. [Jan 2020, p.114]
  6. 75
    Like recent releases by Robyn or Solange, this expansive and beautiful record shows Vagabon as an expert at creating pleasure and soulful reassurance from electronic pop – a surprising but welcome heelturn.
  7. Oct 15, 2019
    70
    Vagabon finds the singer retreating to the comfort of her computer’s Logic program to fashion a world almost entirely around her honeyed vocals. Although you won’t find many ‘90s-infused indie jams like “Minneapolis” or “The Embers” here, Tamko’s voice never sounds strained in ways it once did either.

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  1. Oct 23, 2019
    10
    An excellent sonorous work, from the bottom to the top this is one of the best gains in music so far in 2019.