• Record Label: N/A
  • Release Date: Jun 8, 2018
Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Sep 4, 2018
    90
    Remain in Light comes bursting out of the gates in a rollicking, irresistible wave of musical joy that only stops when the album is over, leaving the listener in a state of blessed disbelief.
  2. The Wire
    Jul 26, 2018
    90
    This album is a stunning, multivalent piece of artistry that hits an anxious and weary world like a light-bearing gift. Remain In Light is one of the most fascinating albums in rock history, and Angélique Kidjo may have just released the definitive version. [Aug 2018, p.56]
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Jun 13, 2018
    80
    She’s bringing a perspective which is often fascinating, but never less than interesting.
  7. Mojo
    Jun 8, 2018
    80
    The most fun comes, unsurprisingly, on the funkier first side. [Jul 2018, p.93]
  8. 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]
  9. Jun 14, 2018
    77
    Kidjo finds her own way into these songs, infusing them with a tactile sense of empathy.
  10. Jul 9, 2018
    70
    There are no failures, but the back half of Kidjo’s Remain in Light feels too safe. Kidjo’s Remain in Light doesn’t surpass its predecessor, but at its best, it’s an equally thrilling examination of the still relevant questions that drove Byrne and company almost 40 years ago.
  11. 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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