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The Future And The Past

Natalie Prass

The Future And The Past

Second album from the Richmond, Virginia singer-songwriter produced by Matthew E. White

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  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    On her new album, Natalie Prass beautifully channels a host of influences whilst feeling incredibly fresh
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  2. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    It's a truly difficult album to find flaw with and one that should be considered essential listening for any fans or possible converts to the wonderful world of alternative female singer/songwriting
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  3. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Her new outing draws on funk, disco, and R&B influences to promote strength in unity
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  4. 8.2 |   Gig Soup

    Prass is so adept at reworking retro aesthetics that they feel more modern and relevant than ever
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  5. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Prass says that gospel recordings have become a regular part of her everyday listening and it shows: faith that this too can be overcome pervades the record, whether it's America's cultural divisions or a broken heart
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  6. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    The lavish orchestration and strong songwriting unleashed on The Future and the Past highlight plenty of her undeniable strengths
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  7. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Sisters is a joyous blues-inspired celebration of female solidarity and a simultaneous call for equality; it’s the album’s highlight
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  8. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    It’s bold stuff, but if you were taking any solace that the Trump catastrophe would at least inspire some great art, The Future And The Past serves as Exhibit A
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  9. 8.0 |   The 405

    A real sense that Prass has done what she set out to do: make an album that, like the work of Marvin Gaye, gets people thinking and resolving to take action, all the while shaking their hips to the undeniable groove
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  10. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Sassy and funk-laden, this is the sound of an artist expanding their boundaries
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  11. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Prass succeeds in creating old-meets-new funk-soul flawlessly, as she deviates from the lavish opulence of her debut
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  12. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The singer from the Spacebomb collective scrapped two albums on the way to this brilliant final version, where old styles – soul, R&B, tropicalia – never feel retro
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  13. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A triumph, a coming-of-age that over-delivers on all Prass promised, and suggests limitless skies in answer to where she might go next. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   Uncut

    While Prass's gossamer tone is still light and distinctive. The moods, textures and themes, however, have evolved
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  15. 8.0 |   Q

    A surprisingly jubilant follow-up, with the Richmond, Virginia-based singer-songwriter largely disposing of her delicate sound in favour of groove, R&B and '80s pop. Print edition only

  16. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    A magnificent pop album
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  17. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    With increasingly assured songwriting, Natalie Prass demonstrates that she is on top of her game in the here and now
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  18. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    The record rocks and offers insightful commentary on the world we inhabit
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  19. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    An album that uses deep grooves, politicized self-portraiture, and an eye for everyday cruelty to reckon with life in the Trump era
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  20. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Balanced, infectious, and deeply captivating
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  21. 7.5 |   Earbuddy

    The Philadelphia funk of “Oh My” is a highlight on the record (and of Prass’s career)
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  22. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Pairs the sharp and the smooth, its keenly observed lyrics about love and politics grounded in arrangements that recall soft-pop highlights from the past four decades
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  23. 7.0 |   music OMH

    This album could easily be written off as being derivative and stale, but when you spend more than 30 seconds thinking about it, you realise just how rare and unique this sound actually is in 2018
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  24. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Despite being produced again by long term friend Matthew E. White, Natalie Prass’s voice is a lot more diverse this time around
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  25. 6.0 |   NME

    Over length of 12 tracks, the soul/G-funk stuff becomes a little one-note, while the Disney-fied material lacks the charm that makes Prass such an engaging, idiosyncratic performer
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