Boomkat Product Review:
One of this decade’s definitive singer-songwriters returns in biblical style with 2nd album, ‘Magdalene’, co-produced with Nicolás Jaar and offering a much more mannered and theatric sound than her singular early outings.
‘Magdalene’ signifies a weightier seriousness to Twigs’ 2nd album, which arrives after a well publicised, high-profile romance and period of illness over the interim since 2014’s groundbreaking avant-R&B salvo ‘LP1’. Where that album featured Arca’s dazzling co-production alongside Twigs’ presence, her follow-up sees her mutate thru a carousel of different voices, both whispered, octave-scaling, and processed into alien, computerised reflections that give her persona room to breathe against Jaar’s burnished backdrops; themselves ranging from solo piano torch songs to trap, Burial-esque blues, and Julia Holter-like theatricality.
We really need to spend more time with it to comprehend the lyrical content, but the music says enough upfront, just a bit quieter and spacious in tone than we’ve previously heard from her. Factor in chops by everyone from Skrillex and HudMo to Koreless, Motion Graphics and CY AN and you can be certain the album’s ornate details will only reveal themselves further with repeat listens.