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Santogold

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L.E.S. Artistes
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You'll Find A Way
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Shove It (Feat. Spankrock)
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Say Aha
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Creator (vs. Switch and FreQ Nasty)
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My Superman
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Lights Out
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Starstruck
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Unstoppable
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I'm A Lady (Feat. Trouble Andrew)
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Anne
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You'll Find A Way (Switch and Sinden Remix)
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 41:19

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Andy Battaglia writes about music and culture of various other kinds from a home base in New York. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Wire, t...more »

05.20.08
Shapeshifting pop music, beguiling and mysterious.
Label: Lizard King / Downtown Records

Santogold has a storied industry pedigree — she worked in A&R for a major label; helped write and produce an ambitious pop soul album by Res; and sang (as a no-name, no less) on a big collection of covers by Mark Ronson — but the savviest of her many charms is the way she sounds a bit strange, clumsy and even awkward on her solo debut. That's not a knock against her; it just goes… read more »

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Really liked it then I woke up

TomA

I was conned by this album. I was working in a music store and put it in on the strength of the album cover. Then I listened to it non-stop for about a month. I really got into it and was convinced that this was the real deal. Then I kept listening. It's a contrived, derivative and stupid album. I felt like I was conned by this all-too-clever pastiche. When it's all said and done it's studio self-indulgence. Sucks.

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Eclectic & Addictive & It's SanTIgold Now

conceptina

Despite comparisons to M.I.A or even The Ting Tings, Santigold has an addictive set of tracks that blend and flow seamlessly. I started off getting the track Unstoppable but later I would hear her other tracks elsewhere and discover they were as great like L.E.S. Artistes, Starstruck, and Anne. If you have the credits, save yourself the torture and download the entire album b/c sooner or later you'll find you've done just that!

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Fun

RareSpare

Maybe "A fun romp". Quirky melodies and lyrics surrounded by every modern production trick. Very listenable.

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Some borrowed...

GiuliaGulia

Overall I really enjoy this album. Catchy but edgy tunes with an awesome beat and a tinge of naughtiness. However, Superman is closely ripped off of Siouxsie and The Banshees' "Red Light" from Kaleidoscope and that irks me greatly....

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not just hype

kre3salia

I waited on this one because of the hype, but it's a bajillion times more interesting and listenable than I expected.

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She's the truth!

BrownEsoterica

I love Santogold's unique sound. Although I love the whole album, my favorite tracks are "You'll find a way (switch remix), Creator, unstoppable, lights out, shove it. Get this album - you won't regret it!

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Is good, very good.

richardpudmann

Very e z on the ears. The vocals, the beats, the guitars and keyboards and misc. It's all good. And all goes together well. It's a sound I like to hear.

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Fun!

BuckeyeSmitty

I don't necessarily hear anything new here. Instead, Santi channels sounds from all over, and across the years. But it's done in a way that it all fits together. Wow - The Missing Persons sound - I thought the first few times that I had mis-tagged a track on my MP3 player.

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good

Jrazo_629

don't waste time by just downloading some songs just download it all. its good

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Santogold, the collaboration between Santi White and former Stiffed bandmate John Hill, first began receiving notice in late 2007, thanks mostly to the release of the single “Creator,” which seemed to point White in the direction of an M.I.A. knockoff. The debut full-length, however, shows Santogold to be a unique group, one that pulls equally from dub, pop-punk, hip-hop, electro, and rock without succumbing to the archetypes of any. Much of this is because of the contributions from Hill, who adds plenty of guitars and warm keyboards, encouraging White to fill out the songs, the verses, and the hooks, with her rich Gwen Stefani-meets-Janelle Monáe voice. “I’m a Lady,” despite the fact it could belong in the late-’90s pop canon, is delightfully catchy and inviting; “L.E.S. Artistes” sounds like a fuller, brighter Tegan and Sara song; and “My Superman” is the urban 21st century’s version of a sultry jazz standard. In fact, Hill is so instrumental in creating the diversity and lushness of sound that the pieces in which he doesn’t contribute, or contributes very little, are markedly different. Switch, the producer responsible for M.I.A.’s Kala, shows off his impressive beat-making skills on “Creator,” which features White doing the singsongy rap that has helped make Maya Arulpragasam so popular (“Me, I’m a creator, thrill is to make it up/The rules I break got me a place up on the radar”), and the Diplo-helmed “Unstoppable” marries dub and Hollertronix electronica nicely. These are the exceptions to the overall sound, however (and their very rarity makes them so much more appealing, and evidence of the work of a complete artist, not one trying to follow the coattails of another), because most of Santogold lacks that jagged angularity that drives M.I.A.’s records. Instead, the album is informed by pop and good humor, the importance of melody and structure never overshadowed by rhythm and dancefloor-worthiness. This is music that looks outward at the pan-continental landscape while staying firmly adherent to and respectful of its deeply American roots; it’s the emerging — and hopeful — face of the new millennium, and an altogether shining accomplishment. – Marisa Brown

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