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Michael Kiwanuka
FILTER Grade: 83%

By Alejandro Rubio on July 31, 2012


Michael Kiwanuka

It seems that Michael Kiwanuka’s debut should only be sold at the used counter, a dusty record stuffed inside a weathered sleeve, because the LP possesses a sound and spirit that’s years older than he is. Resonating string and brass arrangements on songs like “Rest” rival Nick Drake’s Bryter Layter in their incandescence, but it’s Kiwanuka’s staggering voice that makes you wince at its unrestrained sincerity and tenderness. How the hell can someone born two decades ago sing like they’ve lived and longed through three lifetimes?


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