Boomkat Product Review:
2014's most anticipated release is finally in our grubby mitts, marking a new pinnacle of R&B/pop composition. Helmed by the visionary singer, producer, writer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer Tahliah Barnett, 'LP1' sets a high benchmark for new pop and R&B, pulling together some of the most interesting studio alchemists around right now - Arca, Clams Casino, Paul Epworth and Devonte Hynes - for a project that far outweighs the sum of its parts. Augmenting the sublime templates of her two mind-blowing EPs, 'LP1’ slots everything together with a hyper-lucid logic and unreal geometry, from its polymetric timings to the way her voice effortlessly glydes between soul, folk and near-classical forms with crystal diction. It's all impossibly gorgeous, from that blooming double bassline chord that sends shivers down the spine a minute into 'Lights On', thru the aching anticipation of 'Two Weeks''s snares and that steepled falsetto - which also contains the sexiest use of "muthafxxker" you'll hear all year - to the queered beauty of 'Numbers' or the uncanny Julee Cruise vibes of 'Closer', and the yearning, whirring soul torque of closer 'Kicks’. So yeah, at this point all we’re doing is adding to the chorus of adulation - but make no mistake - ‘LP1’ is one of the most rapturous and best long players you’ll hear this year, bar none.