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MAGDALENE

FKA Twigs

MAGDALENE

Second album of trip hop / alternative R&B from the London-based singer and dancer Tahliah Barnett working with a number of producers including Jack Antonoff, Nicolas Jaar and Oneohtrix Point Never

ADM rating[?]

8.6

Label
Young Turks
UK Release date
08/11/2019
US Release date
08/11/2019
  1. 10.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    For want of grand statements, MAGDALENE is as holistically complete as any pop record released this decade
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  2. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    By processing the physical and emotional pain she's experienced, FKA twigs’ new album MAGDALENE operates as a purging of all her heartbreak
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  3. 10.0 |   NME

    Tahliah Barnett's been to tabloid hell and back and experienced gruelling ill-health, all of which is explored on her huge, panoramic second album
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  4. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    There’s something new and exciting around every hairpin bend. Magdalene allows her to stand alone as an exceptional artist
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  5. 10.0 |   No Ripcord

    It’s a record that makes you fall in love with music again, a record you feel privileged to experience and a record that imparts fundamental human truths. Cherish FKA twigs and cherish MAGDALENE
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  6. 10.0 |   music OMH

    Magdalene is an album that, like FKA twigs herself, defies both genre and classification. Yet it’s a late contender for album of the year, with songs that will live you for months to come
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  7. 9.4 |   Pitchfork

    With limitlessly innovative songwriting and production, the cinema of twigs’ music has never been more affecting. MAGDALENE is not just on the vanguard of pop, it’s in a breathtaking class of its own
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  8. 9.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Magdalene sees FKA Twigs reach a wholly satisfying pinnacle that is unlikely to be rivaled by any of her peers in 2019
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  9. 9.0 |   All Music

    Like the dancer she is, Barnett pushes through pain in pursuit of beauty and truth, and the leaps she makes are breathtaking
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  10. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Magdalene makes an unpredictable turn wherein FKA twigs traverses an introverted dimension of her vision through a minimalist perspective and a sense of controlled extravagance
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  11. 9.0 |   Crack

    Make no mistake, MAGDALENE is first and foremost a bracing document of female pain and the sacrifice required to overcome it
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  12. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    In portrait mode, Magdalene tears down the metaphorical walls — aurally, visually, physically — to build back up a wholly realized self
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  13. 9.0 |   Slant Magazine

    A distinct feminine energy pulses through the singer-songwriter’s shimmering sophomore effort
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  14. 9.0 |   Uncut

    There's a defiance in each painful note. In tasting despair, Tahliah Barnett has returned 10 times stronger - in spirit and voice. Print edition only

  15. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It is the fullest and most developed work from FKA Twigs to date
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  16. 8.7 |   Paste Magazine

    MAGDALENE is the sound of an artist gluing together the million tiny shards in which she found herself after an explosive breakup
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  17. 8.5 |   Northern Transmission

    Never rushed yet often urgent, MAGDALENE is a work of great tension and balance. It never falls into complacency, and it’s never indulgent
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  18. 8.0 |   Clash

    The sound of someone delicately yet decisively knitting themselves back together
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  19. 8.0 |   Q

    This is a record of real substance. Print edition only

  20. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Twigs still finds ferocious power in her music, her femininity, and her sexuality. But on MAGDALENE, she tampers that ferocity with a radical sensitivity and vulnerability that indicate a broader maturation in her artistic development
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  21. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The title song reflects today’s understanding of the much-maligned apostle as proto feminist – fully a sensual woman and powerful with it
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  22. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    From germ-free adolescent to tainted love
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  23. 8.0 |   The Music

    Magdalene is a personal triumph over adversity
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  24. 8.0 |   DIY

    When everything aligns, there are true moments of wonder to be found
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  25. 8.0 |   The FT

    Lyrics are candid and introspective while minimalist rhythms come cloaked in layers of sound
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  26. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The sequencing doesn’t always feel right – lead single Cellophane, a gorgeous breakup epic, should be at the heart of the album, not tacked at the end after natural closer Daybed. Whatever the order of the songs, though, the inner battles of Magdalene will stay with you long after they finish
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  27. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    On Magdalene, her long-brewing followup, she moves to the next level, making music that resists being pinned by genre — or even as merely music, so integral is choreography, filmmaking, and photography to what she does
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  28. 8.0 |   The Independent

    The follow-up to 2014’s LP1, made in the wake of heartbreak, is twigs at her sorrowful, scrappy best
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  29. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    MAGDALENE might not be perfect, but it reverberates with the sound of someone shutting the door on a difficult chapter in their life. The prospect of what's next for Barnett is genuinely exciting
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  30. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The performer undergoes a metamorphosis after emotional and physical trauma
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  31. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Twigs plants words with tenacious deliberation and care, but sometimes the result is over-studied, a gentle industrial emo. Print edition only

  32. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Tahliah Barnett moves further into abstraction on this personal, painstaking and wildly adventurous record
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