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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the singer-songwriter features a guest appearance from Cameron Neal and contributions from from Ben Gibbard, Greg Kurstin, and Rebecca & Meghan Lovell.
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  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Oct 19, 2018
    83
    Sassy yet surprisingly vulnerable. [19/26 Oct 2018, p.95]
  2. Oct 22, 2018
    80
    King has gotten a pretty good album out of a pretty bad spell, and we can use her candor and her voice--not just figuratively but literally, since those bluesy, gutsy tones rarely make it into any kind of rock and roll these days, much less the alternative kind.
  3. Oct 19, 2018
    70
    You can hear her map out her story, lyrically, as her impressive second album, Shake the Spirit, progresses.
  4. Oct 19, 2018
    70
    Its sonic audacity is so bracing, it's relatively easy to forgive the lyrical stumbles, which crystallize on the dirty puns of "It Girl," but that's nearly beside the point because, unlike Love Stuff, Shake the Spirit never seems indebted to Elle King's idols. Instead, it embodies her own bold, bawdy heart.
  5. Oct 19, 2018
    65
    Her voice is what stitches these songs together, though what is probably supposed to be evidence of her range often feels like she’s trying on musical costumes. The result is a lack of cohesion that turns Shake the Spirit into a series of genre exercises. They’re impressive for what they are, but there’s not enough depth to merit digging much below the surface.
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  1. Feb 25, 2019
    5
    While the brassy King drawl is still in fine form, on Album Two it's buried in spaghetti-western reverb, filtered through what sounds likeWhile the brassy King drawl is still in fine form, on Album Two it's buried in spaghetti-western reverb, filtered through what sounds like Jack White's junior-high harmonica , and wasted on too many numbers that sound more like improv over chord repetitions that repeat way too long. The actual songs here vary from what sounds like the result of the label begging her to be more commercial to "It Girl", which sounds like King begging to get thrown off the label and playlists worldwide. King has always been a rough diamond (hell, it's part of her appeal), but "It Girl" should be renamed "Ew, Girl" - gross for gross' sake. Now that she has the sophomore jinx out of the way, here's hoping she can tighten up the music, drag the production into this century, and become the Joplin she's already proven she has in her. Expand