Joy Crookes - Skin (2021)

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Joy Crookes - Skin (2021)

Joy Crookes - Skin (2021)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 255 MB | Cover | 42:44 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 98 MB
Soul, Pop | Label: Speakerbox Recordings

The UK has no shortage of neo-soul crooners, but few are as adept at storytelling as Joy Crookes. Her debut album is an evocative portrait of the artist as a young woman: by pulling at the threads of her identity – her Bangladeshi-Irish heritage; growing up in south London – and weaving them into wider sociopolitical themes, she has created a record that’s vibrant, urgent and brimming with life.

Comparisons to early Amy Winehouse will be inevitable, although they underplay Skin’s personality, politics and reverence for singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. Take the beguiling pianos and bouncing melodies of Poison, which belie lyrics about pulling at the weeds of inherited familial trauma, or Unlearn You, in which the 23-year-old subverts romantic balladry to deliver a grim yet surprisingly beautiful song about the lasting effects of sexual violence. Likewise, on the trip-hop-laced 19th Floor, London becomes a battleground, Crookes staking a claim on the city while staring down its suffocating appetite for gentrification.

It’s not all so sharply drawn: the guitar-led Kingdom pokes at Brexit and the messiness of our government but lacks personal touches, as does by-numbers ballad To Lose Someone. But these are mild complaints amid otherwise distinctive songwriting, as evidenced on the retro stylings of When You Were Mine, which is as much a love letter to south London as it is about finding out your ex-boyfriend is gay. If the point of a debut album is getting to know an artist, then Skin is a masterclass.


01. Joy Crookes - I Don't Mind
02. Joy Crookes - 19th Floor
03. Joy Crookes - Poison
04. Joy Crookes - Trouble
05. Joy Crookes - When You Were Mine
06. Joy Crookes - To Lose Someone
07. Joy Crookes - Unlearn You
08. Joy Crookes - Kingdom
09. Joy Crookes - Feet Don't Fail Me Now
10. Joy Crookes - Wild Jasmine
11. Joy Crookes - Skin
12. Joy Crookes - Power
13. Joy Crookes - Theek Ache




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