Dawn Richard – Redemption (2016) [7Digital 24-44,1]

Dawn Richard – Redemption (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 47:26 minutes | 552 MB | Genre: Electronica
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Dawn Angeliqué Richard, the daughter of Chocolate Milk percussionist and vocalist Frank Richard, known professionally as Dawn Richard or D∆WN, is an American singer-songwriter, actress and animator. “Redemption” is her fourth studio album. Upon its release, Redemption received widespread acclaim from critics. Tara Joshi of Quietus stated “It’s orchestral, it’s odd, it’s experimental, it’s ornate, it makes you want to dance, it makes you want to swoon – at its heart Redemption is reflective of so many touchstones of black music from the past 30 years or so. It feels odd to say what Richard is doing is still perhaps too niche to get her a place in the R&B ‘Hot 100’, given her sound is so broad and all-encompassing, but its true. Richard has carved out an ambitiously futuristic place for herself that the mainstream hasn’t quite caught up with yet”.

Dawn Richard’s “heart” trilogy began with Goldenheart (2013), continued with Blackheart (2015), and ends with Redemption (2016). Between the second and third volumes, Richard issued a batch of non-album singles and an EP, and was featured on tracks by Machinedrum and Star Slinger. Each release provided further evidence that Richard remained among the most compelling, progressive, classification-evasive artists of her time – all the more fascinating given that she had previously topped the Billboard 200 twice as a member of the pop group Danity Kane. Like Nona Hendryx and Grace Jones before her, Richard busted out of the genre with which she began to follow her expectation-defying creative impulses. Yet another artful and modern amalgamation of machine soul and left-field pop, Redemption is similar to the earlier parts of the trilogy in that it gives the listener a sense of being swept up, though there’s little in the way of fantasy or escape here. The album could just as sensibly be titled Defiance or Resilience. A lion’s share of the album contends with the most thrilling moments of Goldenheart and Blackheart. “LA” is on a different plane and simultaneously representative of what surrounds it. A woozy, churning mini-epic regarding survival, it’s prog rock as much as it is hip-hop, capped by a street-scene coda from fellow New Orleans native Trombone Shorty. Richard makes a direct connection to Los Angeles (“in the Chevy goin’ 90 down LaBrea”) while alluding to her home state of Louisiana with a reference to Lil Wayne. When she sings “These LA streets are killin’ me,” she could be referring to the West Coast and the South at once, or maybe the entire U.S.A. There’s certainly no misinterpreting the meaning in “We just wanna know if we really matter.” The songs that seek and embrace companionship sound as defiant and are almost as powerful. In the battering “Renegades,” she affirms “I’m coast to coast, they know they fucking with a real one, but when it’s two of us, we rockin’ like an anthem.” “Vines,” a PJ Morton collaboration unfortunately deemphasized with its “interlude” designation, is a complete soul ballad, where she proclaims “I’m too dope to walk this earth lonely.” There is no proof to the contrary here.

Tracklist:
01 – Redemption (Intro)
02 – Love Under Lights
03 – Black Crimes
04 – Voices
05 – LA (feat. Trombone Shorty)
06 – Interim (Interlude)
07 – Renegades
08 – Lazarus
09 – Tyrants
10 – Vines (Interlude) [feat. PJ Morton]
11 – Hey Nikki
12 – Sands
13 – Lilies (Interlude)
14 – The Louvre
15 – Valhalla (Outro)

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