99 Cents by Santigold

Dave Koizumi
February 28, 2016

RATING:

67

%

TRACKS:

12

LABEL:

Atlantic Records

RELEASE DATE:

02/26/2016


Santigold, also known as Santi White, is a singer-producer from Philadelphia. She has released two albums to critical acclaim, 2008's Santigold and 2012's Master of My Make-Believe. 99 Cents is her third studio album.

I loved the "Can't Hold Back" single that was released back in November, but I hated the second one that came out shortly after "Who Be Lovin Me (feat. Ilovemakonnen)." His vocals are downright garbage. That song was so terrible it nearly lowered my expectations for the new record. Ultimately, "Who Be Lovin Me" may be the worst track on the album but there are just enough good ingredients here to make it all somewhat of an enjoyable experience. White has a mezzo-soprano vocal range and draws inspiration from reggae, afrobeat, electronic, and 1980s pop music. Her gift for effortlessly shifting styles is complemented by a diverse roster of producers such as Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij, Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio) and Hit Boy. Although the new album may not match the aspiration of its two predecessors, 99 Cents offers a good portion of savvy escapism that should still satisfy most fans. Some of the most memorable tracks include "Can't Get Enough of Myself (feat B. C.)," "All I Got," and "Who I Thought You Were."

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