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I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep


I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep

Fifth album of downtempo experimental hiphop from two-time Mercury nominee Obaro Ejimiwe

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  1. 9.0 |   Gigwise

    Important beyond its sphere
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  2. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Brilliantly produced, thematically solid, prescient, insightful and witty: it tackles with aplomb the paradoxical themes of isolation and overconnectivity, anxiety and the seeming proximity of death
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  3. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Listening to an album this bleak, during a time this bleak, might be a little much for some. Yet if, like me, you find comfort in sharing despair, this is a highly rewarding, haunting experience, one that really grapples with the difficulties of keeping calm and carrying on
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  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Two nuanced, outstanding duets with French avant-popper SaraSara help lighten the all-consuming existential despair. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   The FT

    Brooding subject matter meets richly detailed music in the British rapper’s fifth album
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  6. 8.0 |   DIY

    A masterful soundtrack to a failing society
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  7. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    This is a perversely rewarding album — a disquieting reflection of the times, if you can bear to look
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  8. 8.0 |   Clash

    Ghostpoet has created another fantastic, authentic body of work, meeting those high expectations
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  9. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Ornate compositions against an anxious backdrop
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  10. 7.0 |   music OMH

    Over the past decade Ghostpoet has crafted his own niche, one in which dramatic instrumentation is paired with his inimitable drawl, and this record further solidifies the style that he’s known for, albeit with a few missteps along the way
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  11. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Ejimiwe has made a record filled with quiet bubbling tension yet also leaves room for lightness, offering a glimmer of hope amid the brooding dread. Print edition only

  12. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    This isn’t what exactly you might call a feelgood record, but Ghostpoet’s observances remain both meaningful and increasingly relevant
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  13. 6.0 |   NME

    Obaro Ejimiwe combines weighty lyrics with delicately intimate sounds. Often, though, you long for the gloom to lift
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  14. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Since his last outing, the south London musician and producer has eased up and moved to Margate. Yet this atmospheric return still carries the weight of the world
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