ALBUM REVIEW: Denai Moore – Modern Dread | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 03.07.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

Given its ostensibly baleful moniker, you’d be forgiven for thinking Denai Moore‘s third studio effort was wholly laden with cathexic angst. And yet, from the word go, Modern Dread – with its acutely ingenious blend of quixotic turns and reflective songcraft – delivers a salutary jolt of exultant catharsis that emphatically attests to its author’s emotional acuity. In this sense, the record decidedly functions more as a timely salve than an augurous agitant.

Sonically, there’s a pronounced emphasis on rhythmic continuity and contrapuntal clarity throughout, with Moore’s thickly textured vocals assuredly anchoring each dazzlingly intricate track with understated panache. Densely layered and amply rewarding, this breathtaking album sees Moore rightly taking her seat at the table without squandering any hard-won authenticity. Huzzah!

 

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