Santigold is in no way an act that needs a big introduction. Even the last olm in the depths of the deepest and most isolated grotto must have heard her uber-hit »Disparate Youth« from the album »Master Of My Make-Believe« in 2012, even if only in the Vodafone commercial. Ten years later, the American has released another album, »Spirituals«. On it, too, she combines spoken word and real vocals with quite varied, fortunately hardly arbitrary-sounding electronic beats. For this, she has teamed up with a bevy of acclaimed producers, whom she exchanged ideas with in 2020 during lockdown. Among others they include: SBTRKT, Boys Noize and Dre Skull. The result is a pop album that is in tune with the times, which is also reflected in the length of the individual songs: Several of the ten numbers don’t even break the three-minute mark, as if they were made for rapid play and smooth performance on the relevant streaming portals. The richness of facets also allows listeners to pick their own personal favourite. »The Lasty« delivers a pleasant ballad accompanied by piano, »Shake« lures you to brunch with jazz house in the style of St. Germain, and »Ushers of The New World« mixes dub reggae and leisurely dance-hall influences. The beginning of »No Paradise«, on the other hand, suggests a Holly Herndon cover version, but develops into a first-class pop song with reggaeton touches. The more, the better – in the case the motto is altogether true.
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