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Nikki Nack - 4AD
FILTER Grade: 84%

By Kurt Orzeck on May 9, 2014

 

tUnE-yArDs

Merrill Garbus is the harbinger of so-called “ugly pop.” Since we last encountered her tUnE-yArDs project with 2011’s universally adored w h o k i l l, Garbus was tutored by a drum master from Haiti, where she ventured to embrace non-Western music. The result is a thoroughly cross-cultural album dripping with soul and iconoclasm. It’s fun, too; there are party anthems and a funny spoken-word interlude. But, above all, Nikki Nack is a generational statement if there ever was one. 

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