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Night Reign

Arooj Aftab

Night Reign

Fourth studio album from the Brooklyn-based Pakistani composer/singer featuring contributions from Vijay Iyer, Shahzad Ismaily, Moor Mother, Chocolate Genius, Inc

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  1. 10.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    An album that embraces the quiet solitude of a night spent alone, looking at the ocean
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  2. 9.1 |   Spin

    Throughout the album, it feels like Aftab is standing on the precipice of transformation—taking a moment to peer into a wild, fluorescent new future and admire all it could have in store
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  3. 9.0 |   Uncut

    Her songs feel so neatly woven that they deny all attempts to tease them apart. Listening to Night Reign, you mostly find yourself focusing on Aftab’s voice – a rich and smoky thing, gentle and open-hearted on “Whiskey”, reaching back through the centuries on “Na Gul”. Print edition only

  4. 9.0 |   The Irish Times

    The fourth album from Pakistani-American singer and composer is set to continue her ascent from secret treasure to irresistible purveyor of ‘global soul’
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  5. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Arooj Aftab’s Night Reign is filled with dark, mysterious corners and an intoxicating blend of jazz and her Pakistani roots with stunning results
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  6. 8.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    Night Reign is darker than dark with only Aftab’s voice as a guide; yet it upturns the unlikeliest of finds
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  7. 8.4 |   Northern Transmissions

    It’s a beautiful album that she will be touring in the coming months, and it promises to be a life-changing show
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  8. 8.3 |   Pitchfork

    The singer and composer’s wondrous fourth album deepens the sound of her boundless folk-jazz style. Its gestures are bold, romantic, and often unforgettable
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  9. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    These are deep, emotional, sometimes bruising songs, though the insinuation of total darkness belies the exquisiteness of its spiritually rigorous forty-eght minutes
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  10. 8.0 |   Far Out

    Aftab has conflated the sounds of her heritage with more elegance and affinity than ever before, creating a jazz-Lahorian sound akin to Billie Holiday performing in the foothills of the Himalayas
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  11. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    She has worlds in her voice, as intimate and expansive as her own imagination
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  12. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Dizzied, delirious, conflicted, Night Reign draws in tight around you. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   All Music

    Night Reign is a powerful, sensuous, and commanding illustration of the artist's mature vision. It reveals just how receptive, and even vulnerable she is to the spirits of creative inquiry, possibility, and revelation
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  14. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Mercurial and moody soundscapes are infused with wistful romance in one of the Grammy-winning singer and composer’s most spirited records to date
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