(2015) Goddess

Banks

... read moreOn her debut album, Goddess, Banks sounds like the logical conclusion of several 2010s musical trends: her moody, confessional lyrics echo Lorde, Lykke Li, and Lana Del Rey, while the downtempo sonics recall cutting-edge R&B talents like Tinashe, FKA Twigs, and her former tourmate the Weeknd. Since...

01:26′:18″ 18 Songs

1
Banks
Beggin For Thread (Gryffin & Hotel Garuda Remix)
4:03
2
Banks
Beggin For Thread (Bag Raiders Remix)
3:49
3
Banks
Beggin For Thread (Salva Remix)
4:59
4
Banks
Beggin For Thread (Bts Remix)
4:12
5
Banks
Beggin For Thread (Friend Within Remix)
5:30
6
Banks
Waiting Game (Postiljonen Remix)
4:24
7
Banks
Drowning (Dave Glass Animals Remix)
4:00
8
Banks
Drowning (Lido Remix)
5:33
9
Banks
Drowning (Tom Demac Remix)
7:48
10
Banks
Drowning (Prince Club Mix)
3:36
11
Banks
Drowning (Stwo Remix)
3:52
12
Banks
Brain (Ta-Ku Rework)
4:59
13
Banks
Brain (Fei-Fei’S Feided Remix)
4:54
14
Banks
This Is What It Feels Like (Nautiluss Remix)
5:14
15
Banks
Fall Over (Soul Clap Remix)
6:20
16
Banks
Change (Jensen Sportag Remix)
4:36
17
Banks
Change (Dream Koala Remix)
3:50
18
Banks
Change (Chainsmokers Remix)
4:39
Released 23 March 2015, ℗ 2015 Harvest Records

Review

On her debut album, Goddess, Banks sounds like the logical conclusion of several 2010s musical trends: her moody, confessional lyrics echo Lorde, Lykke Li, and Lana Del Rey, while the downtempo sonics recall cutting-edge R&B talents like Tinashe, FKA Twigs, and her former tourmate the Weeknd. Since she combines so many familiar-sounding elements, it's not surprising that Goddess sometimes sounds a little generic. That feeling is emphasized by how much musical ground the album spans as it ranges from piano ballads (such as the Justin Parker-produced, Adele-esque "You Should Know Where I'm Coming From") to starkly electronic tracks (the tense, finger-snapping "Stick"). Like some of her inspirations and contemporaries, Banks' music sometimes gets too murky for its own good, but Goddess' best moments allow her personality to shine. On songs like the title track, she crafts a persona that's sexy, brooding, and more than a little dismissive; on "Brain"'s chorus ("I can see you struggling/Boy, don't hurt your brain/Thinking what you're gonna say"), she's a lot dismissive. Goddess also includes several songs that already appeared on the London EP, and their inclusion pushes the album's length to well over an hour, adding to the feeling that it could use more focus. While tracks such as "Change" and "Waiting Game" still sound good, newer songs like the brashly romantic "Fuck Em Only We Know," the high-drama "Beggin for Thread," and gently intimate "Warm Water" are much more immediate. While Goddess could have used some better editing, it still reveals glimpses of an artist who could shape the sounds of the times instead of just reflecting them. ~ Heather Phares