ALBUM REVIEW: Jessy Lanza – All The Time | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 24.07.20

 

 

 

 

 

There’s certainly a lot to like about Jessy Lanza’s long-awaited new album for Hyperdub. The sonic architecture of this record is fascinating, every track gleaming and minimal, Lanza’s club pedigree leading her to emphasise deep, squelchy basslines and skeletal 808 beats at the expense of any unnecessary instrumental clutter.

Still, I don’t think All The Time quite lives up to Lanza’s previous work, because this unique soundworld has come at the expense of quality songwriting. There are only a few songs on here as propulsively direct as anything off 2016’s phenomenal Oh No. The album is welcoming and pleasant, Lanza’s vocal performance having acquired a lovely beatific sweetness, but for an artist as talented as her, is pleasant good enough?

 

 

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