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  • Summary: The debut full-length studio release for the Virginia artist features guest appearances from BIA, Bootsy Collins, Steve Lacy, Reykon, Jorja Smith and Tyler, The Creator as well as production from BadBadNotGood, Gorillaz, Greg Kurstin, Kevin Parker, Dave Sitek, and Thundercat.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 100
    Miraculously, it feels in no way forced: it’s a joy to witness her glide into any genre and totally own it.
  2. 91
    On Isolation, she never sounds trapped in another era; she sounds free and inventive. And with nary a dud to be found among its 15 tracks, Isolation deserves a spot in the dance pop and neo-soul pantheons.
  3. 83
    Uchis’s voice possesses a bit of that wooden Winehouse timbre, but it comes out the same way Uchis does everything else, leisurely. Its slight lilt sometimes puts her out of tune, yet the imperfections play very much into Isolation’s outsider status.
  4. Q Magazine
    Apr 4, 2018
    80
    Isolation showcases just what made others scramble for her number: natural pop charisma and an ability to glide effortlessly between genres. [May 2018, p.113]
  5. Apr 11, 2018
    80
    Isolation works because Uchis displays impeccable command over her voice and her style. She bends genres to her will rather than allowing them to absorb her identity, making for an impressive effort that will only improve as it ages.
  6. Apr 6, 2018
    80
    There’s enough variety and sheer pop power here to merit the hype, and more.
  7. Apr 19, 2018
    70
    Her debut is in fact very well crafted despite wearing a lot of influences on its shining sleeves. It succeeds though in combining those influences into a very enjoyable album that mixes retro and contemporary genres.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 54
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 54
  3. Negative: 1 out of 54
  1. Apr 6, 2018
    10
    Uchis' latest release is almost comedic in sheer quality and cohesion of sound
  2. Apr 6, 2018
    10
    My girl Kali did that the album is amazing :) thanks Kali for doing this for me i love you girl
  3. Apr 12, 2018
    10
    All album so good and fantastic, one the best´s albums of the year sure.
    I hope you will be nominated for a Grammy
  4. Apr 6, 2018
    10
    Very good album, very chill, cohesive. The production is amazing and shows her true style very well.
  5. Apr 19, 2018
    9
    In his meteoric rise from anonymous to the big public to one of the biggest bets of 2018, Kali Uchis uses his spicy Latin seasoning inIn his meteoric rise from anonymous to the big public to one of the biggest bets of 2018, Kali Uchis uses his spicy Latin seasoning in conjunction with a diverse list of big names on his back to get attention, of course that second part does not mean almost nothing compared to the talent that the Colombian exudes. Uchis comes undone in his debut which is already considered one of the best works of the year.

    Isolation (Virgin / 2018) is the debut album of the Colombian star, a work that can be divided into two instinctively moving parts, the first marked by a more radio sound and a second where the artist leaves his person hitmaker and delivery an even more intimate work, without ceasing to experience sounds, one of the registry mark. Kali Uchis proves that not having a comfort zone does not mean a bad job. What's more, Isolation is a nice taste that eating from the sides can result in an excellent result, after several partnerships and a not so commented EP, your album came out of the universally acclaimed oven, a beautiful achievement for a debut.

    The work is an armistice between contemporary tendencies and the old school, both coexisting in harmony. A springy air rules the album along with a warm nostalgia, it is a magnificent experience. Kali sings in a calm and sensual way, without sounding fabricated or forced, an excellent job, diverse of influences and collaborators, some very unusual, and the most unusual of all is that she performs well in all of them, from reggaeton in the sunny and provocative "Nuestro Planeta" (A beautiful sample of his potential of hitmaker) until the psychedelismo of Kevin Parker (Tame Impala) in Tomorrow. A work about the jovial strength of an immigrant in a new country, a bold and sincere album.

    In the fifteen tracks on her debut album, the artist demonstrates a mastery and dexterity that only someone with a natural gift or a great time of dedication could demonstrate. Far from being conformist or eccentric, Isolation is, above all, a great record and I lack adjectives to describe how much this album deserves to be heard.
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  6. Apr 6, 2018
    9
    The best r&b album since Sza-Ctrl. I really enjoyed the tone of this album. It has great songwriting and production for each track. The soundThe best r&b album since Sza-Ctrl. I really enjoyed the tone of this album. It has great songwriting and production for each track. The sound of the album is different from Por Vida. I really love the growth. This is the best album I heard all year. The features on this album are great. Overall, if you love good music, listen to this album. Add this to your playlist. Expand
  7. May 29, 2018
    0
    Nothing new or remarkable, a bland attempt to achieve more success in the charts, but not cohesive, dull, boring, a step back in her game.

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