First Impressions: Santigold Redeems Herself With 'Disparate Youth'

Monday, February 20, 2012

Music Blogging Commandment #35: You can never judge an album by its first single or its "buzz" track. 

That is sort of a understated 'commandment' I've come to realize and take into consideration whenever a less than stellar 'first impression' invades my ear drums. True, the first new track is always a strong indicator of the tone and direction of said new project, but sometimes you can't gauge by one song how a full project turns out.

My 'disclaimer' of sorts is a grand intro to discussing Santigold's "Disparate Youth" which has greatly redeemed myself on what Master Of My Make-Believe is going to turn out. It's pure Santigold as it shows off all her strengths. I just love how she snakes her dead-pan alto around a biting beat (how about them jagged squirts of guitars?!) and weaves a little Reggae pulse in there as well. Plus the track feels like a step-up from the material on her debut album---and showing growth always gets an applause.

As for the bratty "first" single, "Big Mouth", it has grown on me....slightly. See? I can grow too.

Santigold - Disparate Youth

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