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Natural Brown Prom Queen

Sudan Archives

Natural Brown Prom Queen

Second full length album from the Cincinati-born violinist and singer Brittney Parks

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  1. 9.0 |   Under The Radar

    Revels in ear-catching beats and hooks while still maintaining Parks’ mile-a-minute rate of musical ideas. Print edition only

  2. 9.0 |   Crack

    For her sophomore album, Parks strips away the abstraction and shows us the person beneath, free and unafraid
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  3. 9.0 |   All Music

    As a vocalist, Parks shows even greater versatility, matching modes ranging from breathy siren to tough MC with productions that dish out flickering electronics, atmospheric breaks, blown-out trap, and knocking hip-hop soul. Resilience, joy, and power emanate from all of it
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  4. 9.0 |   Pitchfork

    With daring lyricism and technical ingenuity, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brittney Parks’ second album conjures a frenzied energy as emotionally soothing as it is physically crushing
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  5. 8.8 |   Northern Transmissions

    A stunning accomplishment from an artist establishing themselves as an outlier in the field
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  6. 8.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    Parks has made her most undeniable statement yet, an album full of uplifting and mesmerizing neo-classics that will fit right in the hearts and minds of the thousands it will touch
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  7. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    If you’ve been sleeping on Sudan Archives, please let this be your cue to knock that shit off
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  8. 8.0 |   Clash

    Sudan Archives is proving that she is an artist who knows no bounds, and projects like this one are what is going to propel her further into acclaim and stardom
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  9. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    If the sound of Beyoncé’s similarly sonically adventurous Renaissance whetted your appetite for challenging, demanding soul, then Brittany Parks’ latest could be just what you’re looking for
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  10. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Along with a numble of likeminded producers to help fulfill her vision, Parks comes across as an open book, delivering a lushly atmospheric portrayal of a woman who takes pleasure in living in the moment
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  11. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A bold sequel whose charms unravel further with each listen. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Post-genre American musician Brittney Parks extends her range yet further on her dizzying second album
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  13. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Natural Brown Prom Queen is somewhat overstuffed with both tracks and ideas, and the album's chaotic, sometimes hurried nature doesn't always work to its advantage
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  14. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Over Natural Brown Prom Queen’s 53 minutes and 18 tracks, the Cincinnati-born Parks displays her compositional skills, penchant for winning melodies, and versatility as a performer
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  15. 7.6 |   Paste Magazine

    At 18 tracks long, an undeniable “statement album” from an artist with plenty to say
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  16. 7.0 |   DIY

    An unashamedly brash and confident record, but much more subtle and realistic
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  17. 5.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Where lyrics are weak, the solid sound and superbly-crafted beats that distinguish this album and mark a significant step forward from Athena feel like a lost opportunity for Sudan Archives
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