Master Of My Make Believe (CD)


Santigold

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Amoeba Review

05/01/2012

Santigold plays like the Mad Hatter of her own Wonderland on Master of My Make Believe, taking listeners on a dizzying tour of wide-ranging pop avenues. Though her most oft-used backdrop is dancehall reggae-tinged electro pop, she wisely scuffs things up with her melodies — which are notably strong, as she started as a songwriter, collaborator and A&R rep before striking out as a solo artist — with freak-out moments. “Go!” begins the album powerfully with Santigold and Karen O spinning and screeching like witches over fast and furious punky ragga beats and eerie theramin. She follows up with a comedown of great slow jams, namely with “Disparate Youth,” seemingly a follow-up to her breakout single “L.E.S. Artistes” — which bittersweetly called out hipsterdom — with a more gratifying “99% generation” statement of unity. Her songs continue to be brilliant when covering what it is to be young and creative and striving, from trying to put forth the things you’ve created without fear of failure (“God From the Machine”) to struggling with the idea of notoriety vs. anonymity (“Fame”). And despite any unfavorable comparisons to M.I.A. in the past, she proves she can hang with songs like “Freak Like Me,” which is not an Adina Howard cover but rather a twisted, Indian-flavored hip-hop jam that could have been on M.I.A.’s Kala. She occasionally tries too hard to be widely appealing, but even then the results are usually at least fun to listen to, such as “Keeper,” a tribal-sounding update of Stevie Nicks’ “Stand Back,” or the Nicki Minaj-ish “Look at These Hoes.” Mostly the album comes across as a masterful, confident pop statement from someone who is primed to accept the praise she deserves.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Go!
Santigold 03:24
2.
Disparate Youth
Santigold 04:44
3.
God From The Machine
Santigold 03:52
4.
Fame
Santigold 03:29
5.
Freak Like Me
Santigold 02:18
6.
This Isn't Our Parade
Santigold 03:54
7.
The Riot's Gone
Santigold 03:30
8.
Pirate In The Water
Santigold 02:54
9.
The Keepers
Santigold 03:34
10.
Look At These Hoes
Santigold 02:57
11.
Big Mouth
Santigold 03:11

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