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Second studio album by British R&B artist featuring guest appearances from Kwabs and SiR

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  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    NAO assuredly ascends into the stratosphere with sophomore album Saturn, an open diary that leaves you both rooting for and absorbed in the afflictions of the angelic singer
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  2. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A cathartic rebirth for Nao
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  3. 8.0 |   Clash

    A cosmic return from the queen of ‘wonky funk’
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  4. 8.0 |   NME

    An astronomical album, filled with blessings, Nao’s second record fuses R&B and jazz to explore the hardships and feelings of being a modern-day black woman
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  5. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Her "wonky funk" moniker is nodded to, but this collection eclipses it. Drama is softened by sincerity on the record, as NAO finds balance in the wake of chaos
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  6. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Since her debut single was released in 2014, Nao has hovered around a near-perfect brand of sultry, neo-soul-inflected R&B. Four years later, and she seems to have mastered it
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  7. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Cosmopolitan R&B auteur evades the mainstream
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  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The Londoner's high soul voice shines through on astral-themed second album. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Q

    Saturn isn't afraid to show her playful side. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   The 405

    In short, Nao's Saturn is quite the trip, more than worthy of its stellar name
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  11. 8.0 |   The FT

    Consistent album of smooth R&B draws from astrology and John Coltrane
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  12. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    On her second album, the London singer-songwriter examines personal growth, romantic upheaval, and the trials of young adulthood through an astrological lens
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  13. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Saturn’s sonic palette and millennial anxieties are both strikingly modern, a testament to Nao’s perceptiveness as a songwriter
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  14. 6.0 |   DIY

    A more refined, sleek version of her sound
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