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Holiday Destination

Nadine Shah

Holiday Destination

Third album from the South Tyneside singer-songwriter of Pakistani-Norwegian heritage

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  1. 10.0 |   The Digital Fix

    A humbling and bothering masterpiece
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  2. 8.5 |   The 405

    The most accomplished, accessible, and important protest album of the year
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  3. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Hers is a call to arms, a stark reminder of the work spanning the oceans that’s still yet to be done
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  4. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Holiday Destination is a dark response to a darkening world
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  5. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    While Shah’s tunes are so enjoyable to listen to, that unsettling harmonic twang continues to add a feverish subsidy to her soulful voice, a reminder of the uneasiness of the subject matter
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  6. 8.0 |   DIY

    A record that never shies away from being overtly political
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  7. 8.0 |   The Music

    An album that delicately balances its rhythmic joys against dark purpose
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  8. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Her voice has never sounded so vital, her compositions never hitting as hard
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  9. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Though the political edge can sometimes distract from the beauty of the instrumentation, articulation and overall composition, it never gets boring, with little twists and turns that get better upon every listen
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  10. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    A literate and courageous – Shah is good on both cause and effect – work, Holiday Destination faces down a fucked-up world with guile and with guts
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  11. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A sort of gothy folktronica dominates. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Holiday Destination needs to be uncomfortable and it is, a beautifully realised disturbance of any remaining peace. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    She’s not yet gone for the poppier approach to take her messages more mainstream, but few current artists make music with such a simmering edge
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  14. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    Her brooding post-punk is an unsettling backdrop for songs about the refugee crisis, Islamophobia, and poisonous politicians
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  15. 6.2 |   Earbuddy

    No surprise, Shah gets heavy. Big surprise, the music outshines her vocals
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  16. 6.0 |   Q

    She is blending 2017's concerns, with unalloyed fury and genuine musical craft. Print edition only

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