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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the New York-based alternative R&B artist features production from Clams Casino, Paul Epworth, and Katie Gately.
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  • Record Label: Secretly Canadian
  • Genre(s): Pop, Electronic, R&B, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Alternative R&B, Left-Field Pop
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
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  1. Jul 23, 2018
    100
    Soil is a crucial psalm; crucial for its queerness, crucial for its catholicism, its pagan roots protruding into sidewalks, crucial for its purity of heart, crucial for how it avoids imperative, softly chiming.
  2. Jun 11, 2018
    100
    The album is a visionary statement of arrival, a potent and singular masterpiece that exposes the deepest chambers of a fiercely beating heart with a singular purity of focus. It's a mesmerizing journey of self-actualization in an era when constant connection makes that all the more difficult. After soil, Wise's reach seems infinite.
  3. Jun 11, 2018
    100
    soil is an extraordinary album, triumphing seemingly without making any artistic concessions.
  4. Jun 13, 2018
    80
    serpentwithfeet is not a project that deals in restraint, but it's the mix of melodrama and newfound control that makes soil a great record.
  5. Jun 14, 2018
    80
    The title of serpentwithfeet’s debut full-length soil is perhaps literal then: a return to his roots and a celebration of finally having found his feet.
  6. Jun 14, 2018
    80
    soil is an album that delves into the dirt of passion, be that artistic, romantic or religious. For every moment of ecstatic energy there’s another equal moment of debilitating disappointment, for every igniting of love, there’s wilting relationships.
  7. Jun 11, 2018
    70
    As a songwriter, the former choirboy pulls melodic influence from traditional gospel music à la Kanye West, Chance the Rapper and others. A fan of Dvorak, Kirk Franklin, Brandy and Björk, the artist, born Josiah Wise, sings love songs that resemble hymns like "Cherubim," on which he lets loose a flood of emotions as helicopter drones compliment his distended vocals.

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  1. Jul 30, 2018
    9
    strong, consistent state-of-the-art production, with poignant poetry as narrative. the lyrics are just epic and the cadence between the tracksstrong, consistent state-of-the-art production, with poignant poetry as narrative. the lyrics are just epic and the cadence between the tracks is so clever. the album's standout "cherubim" is a modern masterpiece. Expand

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