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Legacy! Legacy!

Jamila Woods

Legacy! Legacy!

Second album from the Chicago R&B / soul singer, songwriter and poet

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  1. 10.0 |   NME

    One of the albums of the year, this is a confident and self-assured project that affirms the Chicago musician's own place alongside the historical greats she praises
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  2. 10.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    This record could be the basis for a college course or used as an actually accurate history book
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  3. 9.0 |   All Music

    This galvanizing declaration of pride, support, and discontent will no doubt inspire covers itself. Every public library should have at least one copy
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  4. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A series of sleek homages to the various artistic and emotional lineages that Jamila Woods embodies; a neat conceit which holds the album together without dominating it
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  5. 9.0 |   Uncut

    Serves as both a potent primer on the traumas and triumphs of life in a not-so-racial America and an enthralling demonstration of her playful musical sensibility. Print edition only

  6. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Jamila Woods, herself, a poet, singer, activist, and teacher, casts Legacy! Legacy! as a beacon for a type of self-empowerment informed by the predecessors who built and shaped culture
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  7. 8.7 |   Paste Magazine

    Not only is LEGACY! LEGACY! one of the best albums of the year with its incandescent power and hooks that never stop giving, it achieves the remarkable feat of crafting a cohesive whole out of a dozen disparate stories
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  8. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    She begins and ends by singing with a “I am not your typical girl,” with a giddy grin. No shit, Jamila!
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  9. 8.5 |   Pitchfork

    The Chicago artist marries political commentary with deep introspection, resulting in a richly composed R&B album about the echoes of the past and the promise of the future.
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  10. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Educates and enrages but also moves, heals, and leaves you full-hearted with hips and shoulders swaying to each track's studied and hypnotic groove
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  11. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Poetry in motion
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  12. 8.0 |   The FT

    The second album by the Chicago-based singer reinterprets her African-American musical heroines and heroes
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  13. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A free-spirited and joyful record, infused with a sense of community and full of affirmations you can repeat in the mirror
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  14. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The Chicago r&b poet plumbs black history to locate her personal place in it, with help from Saba, Nitty Scott
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  15. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    A complex and near-flawless reworking of genre as the singer-songwriter evolves her art, thought and reason for being
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  16. 8.0 |   Clash

    Emotion and passion are apparent in every word, key and chord throughout this project
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  17. 8.0 |   The Music

    Woods constructs lyrics that build on what she has learned from everyone named on this album
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  18. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Chronicles the adversity that women of color regularly face, but at the heart of Woods’s music is an urgent desire to heal and be healed
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  19. 6.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    As if straining to generate a formal correlative for her busy network of allusions and stated influences, Woods packs her tunes with seemingly bottomless sonic details
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