Michael Kiwanuka
Love and Hate


4.5
superb

Review

by zakalwe USER (9 Reviews)
July 20th, 2016 | 42 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Soul & Spirit

Given the ridiculous amounts of genre tags that exist in the musical spectrum the most important things are oft overlooked namely you either have it or you don’t and none more so than in the world of soul.
Londoner Michael Kiwanuka emerged on the scene as a BBC sound of 2012 and despite a well received debut it is with this second effort Love and Hate that Kiwanuka breathes new life into the soul scene by singing from the bones and establishing himself as a contender.

Opening with the ten minute Cold Little Heart comparisons can be made to Pink Floyds Shine On You Crazy Diamond it’s all sparse guitar, choral vocals and ethereal beauty before Kiwanuka enters the fray with a voice that makes the whole thing breathe and become a truly stunning opening track.

With producer Danger Mouse on board and striking a balance between stirring strings and sparsity, tracks like Falling are left to feel truly expansive by Kiwanukas superlative vocals.

The collaboration brings with it further songs that are wrapped around piano, electric guitar bursts and strings which complement Kiwanukas style and drive the album into territory that skims rock and pop .

Themes of struggle, finding your place and seeking love and happiness are all explored as they have been by countless others but here we have a genuine, raw and talented individual laying it all down, tying it together and sounding fresh. Commendable enough on its own terms but here we have a crafted, expansive inspiring listen that places itself among the very best of the last few years and confirm that some people really do have it.



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DrJohn
July 20th 2016


1041 Comments


props Zak. Kiwanuka is legit... wish artists like him were the norm

One more night - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fpSbCekzxU

Black Man In A White World - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TYlcVNI2AM
Love & Hate - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMZ4QL0orw0

wtferrothorn
July 21st 2016


5849 Comments


I'm definitely going to give this a shot. I'm always down for a soul record.

zakalwe
July 21st 2016


32044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice one with them links doc.



Black Man in a White World vid is a stunner.

theBoneyKing
July 21st 2016


19665 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good Lord, a zak 4.5 review of a 2016 album? Album must be quality. I'm not a soul guy but I'll give it a go.

zakalwe
July 21st 2016


32044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is quality boney dude

TwigTW
July 21st 2016


3830 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listening now, sounds great . . . Wouldn't have caught the Shine On You Crazy Diamond similarity myself, but you're right.

zakalwe
July 21st 2016


32044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

:D

Rockjocky
July 21st 2016


8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review Zak. Definitely hear Danger Mouse's influence. It kind of reminds me of a soul version of Rome.

zakalwe
July 21st 2016


32044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cheers man.

NorthernSkylark
July 25th 2016


10485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gonna jam! Loved home again

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NorthernSkylark
August 2nd 2016


10485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best album of the year so far



Good Call zak

zakalwe
August 2nd 2016


32044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice one lark

TwigTW
August 10th 2016


3830 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

made the Mercury Prize shortlist

rabidfish
August 15th 2016


6182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gonna check this out... looks like it might be at least somewhat entertaining.

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zakalwe
August 15th 2016


32044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's a gem

rabidfish
August 16th 2016


6182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

most of the tracks drag for too long... Michael has a pleasant voice and the instrumentals are quite enjoyable and detailed, so it's not a big issue, but still, most of it is pretty forgetable after a while.

RadicalEd
August 24th 2016


9546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

very good

DoofusWainwright
November 22nd 2016


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Late to the party on this one, no idea Zak reviewed this

DrJohn
November 22nd 2016


1041 Comments


ace

theBoneyKing
December 2nd 2016


19665 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been seeing this on a few end of year lists, never did check this so I guess I'll have to do so soon



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