Santigold
Santogold


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jake C. Taylor USER (90 Reviews)
March 14th, 2009 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fringe pulling former punk rock/ska personality drags musical elements from everywhere and offers them in this neat little package. Watch out M.I.A.

Santi White’s (formerly Santogold now Santigold) methods for spelling the glitz on this eponymous debut record are proficient, even if they’re a little crude around the edges. It’s true; the album has no intention on making its position clear on the genre scale, but this is also why it works so well with such a large audience. Whether dub, ska, club, or nu-wave, it’s apparent that style and substance are just as important to White as being a turn-towards when in need of a well rounded fuzz ball album. With the missile set to seek and destroy, the mission was to transcend the barrier between her outer physiologies, and the stereotype of R&B and Hip-hop that so often gets pinned to her skin colour. Revealing this sound early on, “L.E.S. Artistes” is the perfect way to begin in regard to the transcendence. Not only are the hooks sharp, the temperament from the White-Hill collaboration is infectious. John Hill as the album’s secondary mirror takes White’s ideas and focuses them to points of pure accessibility. It becomes a producer-artist relationship that isn’t inefficient, isn’t tainted, and most importantly, isn’t overcome with inequality from the creative forces.

“You’ll Find a Way”, where subtle off beat accents divide this gem from being both Reggae during its verse and electrically charged during the chorus; pure Reggae is later discovered during “Shove It” but isn’t revisited hereon, which is about as much as this particular album could tolerate in any case. More upbeat rock flows during “Say Aha” and “Lights Out”, with the latter being one of the album’s best moments. Later the jungle pop in “Unstoppable” offers a playful rhythmic approach, with White seemingly mimicking the various sounds of the Amazon in a musical manner. “I’m A Lady” is also easily reached, mainly because it’s the album’s only slower moment that isn’t overloaded by bass – instead it’s a track about respect; who would have thought? As standard as it is to include such a number, it nevertheless provides another side of the album that’s both a treat to overturn upon a first listen and to revisit again.

It’s satisfying that the album does have replay value, so much that it’s going to be hard to surpass it upon the second orbit. Still with so much ambiguity as to where this album stands other then its own assignment, it would be natural to think the style could become clouded. Interestingly, this never occurs. White’s shrieking vocal sensibilities that have a variety of timbres to suit every moment, and even geographical style, propel this album sky-high. Coupled with some clever instrumentation, a couple of nifty outer collaborations and musical arrangements that are as fluid as the two months spent writing this were, Santogold’s outcome is: mission accomplished.



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SeaAnemone
March 14th 2009


20300 Comments


Good review... regrettably I haven't heard all of this, just the singles Les Artistes, which was great, and Lights Out, which wasn't quite as good, but still okay.

Digging: Holy Sons - Lost Decade II

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
March 14th 2009


3767 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Heh, surprised this hasn't actually been reviewed. Diplo's Top Ranking absolutely shoots this out of the water and Santo has got *nothing* on M.I.A. Good album still tho.

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

taylormemer
March 14th 2009


4917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Heh, surprised this hasn't actually been reviewed.

As was I.

NewYorkZoo
March 14th 2009


95 Comments


CREATOR IS THE SHIT. couldnt get into the rest of the album tho... maybe i'll give it another listen. review was ok.

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
March 14th 2009


862 Comments


Album's fun, review's great but your summary has a typo.

taylormemer
March 14th 2009


4917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bullshit. I swear I made sure to copy pasta the revised summary which fixed that. Thanks man.

gaslightanthem
March 14th 2009


5209 Comments


album is hot

AtavanHalen
March 15th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is amazing.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2009


20857 Comments


Good review Jake. You squeeze a great deal into just 3 paragraphs. I thought this had been reviewed somewhere along the way too. This is another album on my list to listen to which I haven't got around to as yet.

foreverendeared
September 4th 2009


14678 Comments


Lights Out is like the best song ever

Yotimi
September 4th 2009


6493 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Forgot about this one. Tis great as is Lights Out.

shazwagon
September 26th 2009


84 Comments


Lights Out is one of my favorite tracks of the year...probably many years. The rest of the album is good too.

3

dylantheairplane
September 27th 2009


2170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I want to listen to this really bad

BigPoppaDiesel
January 26th 2011


150 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Perfect capture of style. Santi put in some great work here!

widowslaugh123
February 28th 2011


458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

how do you not talk about creator?

MUNGOLOID
February 28th 2011


4292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is the jam.

dylantheairplane
February 28th 2011


2170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

According to her facebook/twitter and the changes on her website she is working on a new album, which I am quite excited.
I was worried this was going to be her first and last album since in the past year or so she kinda just up and vanished.

Activista anti-MTV
September 25th 2011


3140 Comments


Very enjoyable first few listens to this.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2011


6448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Kinda stupid she renamed herself after this album

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

taylormemer
September 26th 2011


4917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, it kinda confused me at first.



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