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III

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III

Third album from Californian alt R&B artist Jillian Rose Banks working with producers BJ Burton, Hudson Mohawke, Kito and Francis and the Lights

ADM rating[?]

6.6

Label
Virgin EMI
UK Release date
12/07/2019
US Release date
12/07/2019
  1. 10.0 |   The Observer

    There are shades of Bon Iver and Billie Eilish in her layered, subtle sound, but also a rare, steely delicacy all her own
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  2. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The sound of an artist on the cusp of superstardom
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    It does manage to mine thrills from an adventurous production. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   NME

    Jillian Banks has created another supremely intriguing musical world; one filled with ear-snagging lyrics and quirky production flourishes
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  5. 8.0 |   Clash

    The more upbeat tracks are interspersed among softer, more delicate, heartfelt ones that represent the duality of her personality and also increase its replay value
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  6. 8.0 |   The Independent

    III is Banks’s most cohesive album to date because she’s no longer restricting herself to exploring one feeling at a time
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  7. 8.0 |   All Music

    Her most accomplished statement to date, a collection brimming with emotion, attitude, and unexpected delights
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  8. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Jillian Banks pushes her sound into strange, scary, gorgeous new places with help from Francis & The Lights, Hudson Mohawke, and Sohn
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  9. 6.5 |   Pitchfork

    NEW While the brooding pop singer can’t always shake the anodyne songwriting that plagued her past work, III is still Banks’ best album to date
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  10. 5.0 |   Slant Magazine

    There’s no denying the album’s imposing maximalism, but its bells and whistles feel like sensory overload
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  11. 5.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    In what feels like a pointed response to detractors who described BANKS’s earlier work as lifeless and bland, III is stuffed to the hilt with distortion, throbbing beats and unexpected details, and sometimes it makes for tough listening
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  12. 4.0 |   DIY

    Banks-by-numbers
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  13. 4.0 |   The Guardian

    Her third album is a less-than-convincing attempt to lighten the old experimentalism in favour of chart-friendly ballads
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  14. 4.0 |   The FT

    Though it may be livelier than its predecessors, the Californian’s third album fails to engage
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