Seinabo Sey – Pretend (2015) [HDTracks 24-44.1]

Seinabo Sey – Pretend (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1kHz | Time – 58:26 minutes | 646 MB | Genre: Rock
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Swedish/Gambian pop star Seinabo Sey follows up two highly-acclaimed EPs with Pretend, her debut full-length album, almost three years in the making. The winner of a Swedish Grammy Award for Newcomer of the Year in 2015, Sey had a a number one hit in Norway with the Kygo remix of Younger, included here along with the original and acoustic versions.

Seinabo Sey, with her motley take on pop, surely puts up with a lot of hyphenated descriptors. The singer-songwriter is Swedish-Gambian for starters, daughter of late musician Maudo Sey and his partner Madeleine Sundqvist. Then, there’s the issue of categorising her sound. As is the case with so many musicians of her age, the 25-year-old rummages around in a grab-bag of influences to make this tightly performed, if not slightly over-polished, debut. There’s the pop-soul powerhouse voice highlighted on single Pretend. There’s her reliance on gospel choir-like layered vocals, as heard on rollicking stomper Hard Time and crowd singalong-primed Ruin. Most importantly, there’s her potential as an observant and sharp lyricist who can still write a nagging hook. Frequent collaborator Magnus Lidehäll’s slick production easily turns Sey’s throaty voice into a vehicle for chart-courting mush – see Poetic’s piano balladry or fussily crafted Words – but this insightful album still shows flair. Not even its genre-bending hyphen overload can mask that. –Tshepo Mokoena, Guardian

1 Younger 03:34
2 Pretend 03:29
3 Poetic 02:59
4 Hard Time 03:29
5 Easy 02:48
6 Words 03:29
7 Sorry 03:32
8 Who 03:19
9 Still 02:53
10 You 03:42
11 Ruin 03:33
12 Burial 04:12

Bonus Tracks
13 Pistols At Dawn 03:39
14 River 03:45
15 Younger (Kygo Remix) 05:51
16 Younger (Acoustic Version) 04:12