Goldenheart

Goldenheart

by Dawn Richard
     
 

Goldenheart is a major culmination for Dawn Richard. After Hurricane Katrina left the New Orleans native without a home, the singer and songwriter's career took numerous turns. She released an independent album as Dawn Angelique, made (and even named) Diddy's band (Danity Kane), and co-starred in See more details below

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Goldenheart is a major culmination for Dawn Richard. After Hurricane Katrina left the New Orleans native without a home, the singer and songwriter's career took numerous turns. She released an independent album as Dawn Angelique, made (and even named) Diddy's band (Danity Kane), and co-starred in Diddy-Dirty Money. Too impatient to wait for her creativity to bloom at Bad Boy, she parted amicably from the label and plotted a rebirth as an independent solo artist. After a mixtape in 2011 and an album-length EP in 2012, there's this, a sumptuous and grand album in which Richard develops her conceptual vision to theatrical, hour-plus scope. Beside production partner Druski, Richard casts herself as an embattled queen who "faced the beast with both hands" and seeks her father "to ask him for favor to take down this monster." Even if all the majestic imagery throughout -- wrapped in depictions of guarding, fighting, surrendering, conquering, and so forth -- is taken merely as metaphorical code for everyday personal strife, the album can be overwhelming in its artistic indulgence and intensity. However, Richard and Druski are extraordinarily focused with a deep arsenal of high-quality songs that segues with nonstop suite-like smoothness. It's remarkable that it was made without a major-label budget, as it's deeply rich and advanced-sounding with a wide array of gleaming synthesizers and percussion sounds, from chest-thumping bass drums to handclaps to timpanis. Like Last Train to Paris and Armor On, the album is largely pop-oriented contemporary R&B, ranging from the breathy and pulsating balladry of "Frequency" to the steely yet open-hearted electro-funk of "Ode to You," with a little inspiration from European dance-pop. There's neither a false nor awkward move to be heard; even the references to Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" and Frank Miller's 300 seem natural and perfectly placed. Complete and correct, Goldenheart is a triumph.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2013
Label:
Our Dawn
UPC:
0632467000080
catalogNumber:
5131001
Rank:
52138

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Tracks

  1. In the Hearts Tonight (Intro)  - Andrew "Druski" Scott
  2. Return of a Queen  - Andrew "Druski" Scott
  3. Goliath (Interlude)  - Andrew "Druski" Scott
  4. Riot  - Andrew "Druski" Scott
  5. Gleaux  - Andrew "Druski" Scott
  6. Pretty Wicked Things  - Andrew "Druski" Scott
  7. Northern Lights  - Andrew "Druski" Scott
  8. Frequency  - Andrew "Druski" Scott
  9. Warfaire (Interlude)  - Andrew "Druski" Scott
  10. Tug of War  - Dawn Richard
  11. Ode To You  - Andrew "Druski" Scott
  12. '86  - Andrew "Druski" Scott
  13. In Your Eyes  - Andrew "Druski" Scott
  14. Break of Dawn  - Andrew "Druski" Scott
  15. 300  - Andrew "Druski" Scott
  16. Golden Heart (Outro)  - Dawn Richard

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