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#9 Like Landing On a Hundred, Santigold‘s Master Of My Make-Believe is a long-overdue follow-up to a much-loved debut LP, although in her case the gap between the release of Master and the acclaimed Santogold is a mere 4 years...full article here
#74 From the first lurching strains of opener “Go” to the skittering, surreal groove of closer “Big Mouth”, Santigold’s sophomore record Master of My Make-Believe holds the listener’s head under the shimmering, hypnotic waters of its multi-faceted pop ingenuity...full article here
#3 With her punk-yelp drawl, Santigold at first seems to be trying to affect Karen O's style on her second album's first single, "GO!," but then the beat drops out and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman herself takes the mic, all elongated syllables and spliced-up vocals, and it's clear Santi isn't just playing dress-up, but skillfully, reverently co-inhabiting Karen's world...full article here
#10 When Santigold's debut arrived in 2008, she couldn't avoid being told her omnivorous pop was reminiscent of M.I.A. Four years later, she's facing a different dilemma — now everyone from Rihanna to No Doubt is trying to sound like Santi White...full article here
Santigold Master Of My Make-Believe
The follow-up to Santigold‘s debut album, Santogold has been over four years in the making, and in that time, the anticipation and expectations from her devoted fan-base have been steadily building. Santigold debuted in 2008 as a total innovator—she was quickly praised for her ability to seamlessly blend genres and experiment with different styles, giving us a refreshing and exciting glimpse into her uninhibited talent. When her fans finally listen to her sophomore effort, within the first two songs it will quickly become clear that this fundamental aspect of her persona as an artist has remained as strong as ever.
From the first few seconds of the album’s first track, “GO!” featuring Yeah Yeah Yeah’s front woman and fellow female powerhouse Karen O, Santi’s renewed confidence hits you hard, only to ooze from the rest of the album’s eleven tracks with equal fervor. The smooth, Jamaican-influenced sounds on the following track, “Disparate Youth,” serving as beautiful rhythmic undertones to the song’s particularly charged lyrics, help it stand out as the album’s strongest single. However, some anticipatory fans may be disappointed with the album’s noticeably more relaxed feel as a whole than her first installment (excluding of course the hip-hop charged final two tracks, “Look At These Hoes” and “Big Mouth” that stand in almost-too-stark contrast to the rest of the record), but this by no means suggests that she has any less of a voice. Other stand-out-tracks include “This Isn’t Our Parade,” “Pirate In The Water,” and “The Riot’s Gone.”
In fact, Master of My Make-Believe marks a true transition for Santigold, and the diversity between the two albums is a true testament to her creativity and innovative spirit as an artist.
#10 When Santigold's debut arrived in 2008, she couldn't avoid being told her omnivorous pop was reminiscent of M.I.A. Four years later, she's facing a different dilemma — now everyone from Rihanna to No Doubt is trying to sound like Santi White. Her sophomore album should provide them with plenty of crib notes, from its border-crossing blend of new-wave shimmer to head-nod reggae grooves and crispy punk guitar. Master of My Make-Believe is a smart album in every sense: well-placed cameos by Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O and Nick Zinner, a dynamic mix of tempos from ... more here
Santigold "Disparate Youth" more at hiphopdx.com
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Santigold, formally Santogold (real name Santi White) will be playing in Austin at Stubb's, Monday, June 15. more at blogspot.com