FKA Twigs
Magdalene


4.5
superb

Review

by Funeralopolis USER (44 Reviews)
November 10th, 2019 | 318 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: FKA Twig reaches her full potential with one of the most poignant and grand albums of this decade.

I have a great deal of respect for FKA Twigs – even though I’d say in the past some of her music is rather questionable in quality. When she develops a piece – it isn’t just a song – it is a film, it is a dance, it is a story and a movement. Her most recent release M3LL155X saw her take this narrative to ambitious new territory featuring an artistic short-film to accompany the album filled with both seductive, gruesome and otherworldly imagery. She is a holistic artist in the truest of sense.

Magdalene takes everything from FKA Twig’s past work and builds on it to make for her best release yet. This album opens with an eerie chant-like song, that is equally as soothing as unnerving. ‘If I walk out the door’ she repeats over and over as the music swells and sways between incoherent worry and affirmative declaration. This is an album that is not afraid to make you uncomfortable. Following on the ‘dark’ R&B trends of the 2010’s ala The Weekend’s trilogy, Magdalene is sweltering and seductive, it takes familiar ideas and paints them in lush, grand production.

FKA Twig’s returns with her familiar crooning, however this time around there is a lot more variation in the tone. Instrumentally the production value is higher than ever, while past FKA Twigs albums focused primarily on her voice as a means to present atmosphere – Magdalene feels much more coherent and complete. On this record you’ll find thunderous bass, crashing drums and odd-end instruments such as harps showing up. This is a full-on production, using all of these tools, Twigs is able to much more precisely present the emotions of her music.

The lyrics here can often be cliché at first glance – however, the depth of this album should not be taken at face value. Everything here is about presentation, FKA Twigs doesn’t just sing about missing someone – she croons over sweltering, panicking synths, the words are merely your light in the dark to guide you through this maze of intense emotional highs and lows. Magdalene is a success because it is more than the sum of its part.

There are a large number of influences on this album but one of the most notable is Tori Amos. Like Tori’s best work – this album is beautiful, it is personal, it is seductive, even scary and uncomfortable at times. The vast number of emotions explored on this album in its short run time and the coherence it is presented in is nothing short of extraordinary. This album feels impassioned in the same way that Little Earthquakes was all those years ago, but with a modern coat of paint and even more ambition.



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Funeralopolis
November 10th 2019


14586 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I know it's new - but I'm seriously blown away by this album.



Cellophane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkLjqFpBh84



Fallen Alien: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hky6cifwWyo



Check out Holy Terrain here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEJRyBWpuvA







ramon.
November 10th 2019


4175 Comments


Excited to get on this one

GhostB1rd
November 10th 2019


7938 Comments


Decade talk, huh?

Them's mighty big words.

GhostB1rd
November 10th 2019


7938 Comments


lmao Future sucks so hard.

Gyromania
November 10th 2019


36908 Comments


Yeah he ruins that song

NuclearSplog
November 10th 2019


25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'm really questioning how she chose holy terrain & home with you as singles when they're the worst songs on here.

AxeToFall93
November 10th 2019


316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Sad Day" is absolutely massive.

SingInColours
November 10th 2019


32 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I liked this and think she is doing some unique things with how the production conveys emotion, but I think there's always a lot of original polishing of completely unoriginal material with her. Especially lyrically there's just not very much going on and that's where comparisons with early Tori get a bit silly for me personally.

rabidfish
November 10th 2019


8653 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Lmao this is disney remake-level songwriting, most of these songs kinda suck.

McTime50
November 10th 2019


1021 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its alright

AnimalsAsSummit
November 10th 2019


6153 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

well this sounds like another chapter in "the lame pop elite try to make cool music"... one of the biggest books of all time rn and still going

artiswar
November 10th 2019


12955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

God damn it Funeral, now I have to go back and jam this again and I really don't want to.

Chambered79
November 10th 2019


1032 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cellophane is 5/5

Sowing
Moderator
November 10th 2019


43745 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fallen Alien is by far the best song here and that she's ever written

rabidfish
November 10th 2019


8653 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nah

artiswar
November 10th 2019


12955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nothing on this album is her best... Well, maybe Cellophane.

Sowing
Moderator
November 10th 2019


43745 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm Your Doll or In Time are the only two that come close in my mind. Cellophane is great but I'm not quite grasping the insane hype about it (yet).

gotsthedewsdood
November 10th 2019


754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The hate for Hone With You is unwarranted. That chorus is breathtaking.

artiswar
November 10th 2019


12955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm Your Doll is one of her most boring songs. Pendulum, Closer, Papi Pacify, Ache, Weak Spot, Water Me are her best. As for Cellophane, I just love the vocals on that one.

Ryus
November 10th 2019


36106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

excellent album. t/t, mary magdalene, sad day, fallen alien, and cellophane are all outstanding



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