• Record Label: N/A
  • Release Date: Jun 8, 2018
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
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  1. Jun 13, 2018
    90
    By taking on Remain in Light, Kidjo brings her finely honed Afropop sounds to one of the 1980s' most iconic new wave albums, packing just as much of a punch as the Talking Heads ever did--no small feat for most, but all in an album's work for Angélique Kidjo.
  2. Jun 8, 2018
    83
    Kidjo’s Remain In Light, now arriving in studio form, is a stunning transformation that sheds the nervous, alien nature of these well-worn songs, turning them into something more human, danceable, and, in some cases, more meaningful.
  3. Jun 11, 2018
    81
    Kidjo is faithfully following her muse in search of transcendence. Here she’s found a rich source of it, like water flowing underground.
  4. Jun 13, 2018
    80
    She’s bringing a perspective which is often fascinating, but never less than interesting.
  5. Mojo
    Jun 8, 2018
    80
    The most fun comes, unsurprisingly, on the funkier first side. [Jul 2018, p.93]
  6. Uncut
    Jun 8, 2018
    80
    The results are funkier than anything Byrne or Eno might have imagined almost 40 years ago. [Jul 2018, p.30]
  7. Jun 14, 2018
    77
    Kidjo finds her own way into these songs, infusing them with a tactile sense of empathy.
  8. Jun 8, 2018
    70
    Overall, the album’s songs feel fuller and less wiry in Kidjo and her collaborator's hands. In many respects, the differences aren’t radical, if only in the sense that the band’s influences are so pronounced on the original album. But that said, there are moments that are almost unidentifiable.

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