Goldenheart by Dawn Richard
Released: Jan 2013
Label: Our Dawn Entertainment
An intro that quotes Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight," a cover of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes," and rickety EDM that floats strangely off-beat: Goldenheart is not a typical R&B record. It's fascinating to watch Dawn Richard evolve from the urban pop of Danity Kane to an artist that evades comparison. (Perhaps Ellie Goulding?) Produced by Druski, her album has a too-long hour-plus length and twisty melodies that often don't settle into coherent songs. Amid the minor flaws are moments like "Ode to You" and "Frequency" that mark Richard as a woman living in the future.
Mosi Reeves
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