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Album Review: Dawn Richard - 'Goldenheart'

By January 15, 2013

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On her latest solo project, former Danity Kane and Diddy-Dirty Money vocalist Dawn Richard further distances herself creatively from the music of her past. Gone, apparently for good, are the pop hooks and mainstream rap of her previous groups; they've been replaced by dance music and non-traditional hip-hop the likes of which have a refreshing uniqueness to them. The year 2012 was notable for its forward-thinking R&B-leaning artists like Frank Ocean and Miguel gaining wider appeal. And the first significant R&B-tinged album of 2013 isn't just forward-thinking, it's positively futuristic. Dawn Richard's Goldenheart, released in the U.S. Jan. 15, 2013, is also a mesmerizing piece of work that proves that it's not just the male artists in urban music who possess the ability craft albums that are creatively way outside the box, but still highly entertaining. Few artists in modern music history have gone as far as Dawn Richard has to remake their brand and reshape their image as Dawn Richard. When he first emerged on the scene as Dawn Angelique with her 2005 debut album, Been A While, her music and vocals were your average, run-of-the-mill, near-generic and relatively forgettable. But since breaking free of both her former groups and maturing and evolving as an artist, Dawn has taken a hard left turn into realms that few artists today have dared to explore. For more, click the link to check out the full critique of Dawn Richard's Goldenheart.

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