Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Jun 15, 2018
    90
    Childqueen is a substantial accomplishment for Bonet, a cut above her debut, exceptional for 2018 or whatever year in which it takes place.
  2. Jun 5, 2018
    90
    Childqueen demands patience and a receptive ear to pick up on the care and detail Bonet has taken in crafting every moment. She is in complete control of her artistry.
  3. Jun 11, 2018
    80
    This is a cosmopolitan voyage throughout markedly different places and eras, humbling touching a variety of more or less exotic influences without merely appropriating them--showcasing their uncanniest beauty with the highest respect instead.
  4. Q Magazine
    Jun 5, 2018
    80
    Through its trippy ballads and spacey funk, Childqueen is quite a sonic journey. [Summer 2018, p.106]
  5. Mojo
    Jun 5, 2018
    80
    A record out of time, and, in terms of quality, out of this world. [Jul 2018, p.91]
  6. Jun 5, 2018
    80
    In the process of offering insight into the prismatic mind of Kadhja Bonet, Childqueen sometimes raises more questions than it answers. Her words wrapped in translucent folds of strings and synths, she carefully chooses how much of her the world can know. In doing so, she remains weightless, an artist ephemeral, even as her genre-resistant music makes a serious sonic impact.
  7. Jun 5, 2018
    80
    The Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist returns with Childqueen, which retains stylistic elements of The Visitor but packs a groovier, struttier punch.
  8. Jun 11, 2018
    77
    Bonet lets her imaginative, polymath inner child run free--but she never loses sight of adult reality.
  9. 70
    Ddespite being a classically trained multi-instrumentalist who self-wrote, mixed and produced the entire record, it is her hypnotic voice which carries you through this album of self-discovery.
  10. Uncut
    Jun 15, 2018
    60
    That quest to explore her true colors is tenderly juxtaposed with some grand arrangements--woodwind, strings, marching drums--that bring to mind Minnie Riperton, Bond themes and '40s Disney movies. [Aug 2018, p.24]

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