Blood Orange

Negro Swan

2018

This album was released 12 weeks ago.

79% ±12% 19 reviews
# Song 4WIM
1 Orlando
2 Saint
3 Take Your Time
4 Hope
5 Jewelry
6 Family
7 Charcoal Baby
8 Vulture Baby
9 Chewing Gum
10 Holy Will
11 Dagenham Dream
12 Nappy Wonder
13 Runnin’
14 Out Of Your League
15 Minetta Creek
16 Smoke
Rating Source
79% 4WIM Rating
100% New Musical Express The results of those sessions sees ‘Negro Swan’ become Dev’s most autobiographical work to date, telling stories of life, lost, love, anxiety, and – in the case of opening song “Orlando” – getting jumped in school.
93% Consequence of Sound Just as Pose shows how the struggles of queer and trans people of color who built the ballroom culture of 1980s New York still resonate today, Negro Swan carries forward that battle of finding a family and forging a place for yourself in a world where you’re told you don’t belong.
90% Loud & Quiet
90% The Line of Best Fit
90% Slant Magazine
88% Paste Magazine From songwriting and producing for Solange and Carly Rae Jepsen, to scoring films such as Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto and performing with classical composer Philip Glass, Hynes is doing the most.
85% The 405 Of the many projects Dev Hynes has been involved with during his career, Blood Orange is arguably his most personal and challenging.
84% GIGsoup Such is the image Dev Hynes‘s latest Blood Orange release conjures from its outset as heady, regal, and velvety tracks simultaneously caress and invigorate listeners.
80% Exclaim! Music Blood Orange Negro Swan By Ian Gormely Published Aug 23, 2018 8 Ascribing authorship and meaning are music critics' bread and butter, so it's a bit of a stick in the eye when artists go out of their way to avoid both.
80% Drowned in Sound In 2016 Devonté Hynes, the musical polymath behind Blood Orange, made what felt like a definitive statement with his masterpiece Freetown Sound, a warped, funky, and soulfully metatextual analysis of black identity in America.
80% Clash Now he's returned for his fourth Blood Orange album, 'Negro Swan'.Opening track ‘Orlando’ is what Prince would sound like if he came out in 2018.
80% No Ripcord Test Icicles barely made it to two years before disbanding and, like most of their contemporaries, that appeared to be it.
70% Earbuddy For all of the album’s good, it seems like Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes was squeezing out just too much juice.
70% Under the Radar Magazine He is a musical chameleon, comfortable working with pop stars, rock bands, and modern classical composers.
67% Gaffa (Sweden)
67% Nöjesguiden Nya albumet Negro Swan fortsätter på samma spår som föregångaren Freetown Sound med en signature mix av spoken word, rap, stråkar och sång i falsett.
60% The Guardian Unlike, say, Lemonade or A Seat at the Table, however, Mock’s interludes often reiterate themes communicated far better in the songs themselves, most obviously on album highlight Charcoal Baby, which, in one line (“No one wants to be the odd one out”), makes Mock’s foreshadowing interlude Family feel redundant.
60% DIY Magazine
60% Tiny Mixtapes Ever since abandoning the tranquil, indie pop tendencies of Coastal Grooves and Cupid Deluxe, Devonte Hynes has become unafraid of taking risks.