Master of My Make-Believe

Master of My Make-Believe

by Santigold


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Frontwoman Santi White has taken on the face of Santigold for Master of My Make-Believe, as depicted in the album's artwork, which finds her portraying all four characters (even the mustached man that sits front and center). John Hill continues to co-write, but with White gaining pop star status, he takes the back seat, as they enlist the help of A-list producers Diplo, Switch, Boyz Noise, Buraka Som Sistema, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, Ricky Blaze, and Q-Tip. Multi-instrumentalist Greg Kurstin (Beck, Flaming Lips) and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs also make a huge impact on the sound of the record, with Karen O contributing vocals on the leadoff "Go!" and Nick Zinner scattering delicious guitar texture across the tracks. MOMMB is a thickly crafted album that took four years to complete. At surface value, it isn't drastically different than the debut, but it's never predictable. Instead of delivering an album's worth of bangers like "Say Aha," "You'll Find a Way," and "L.E.S. Artistes," Santigold expands on downtempo dub and pop ballads like "Shove It" and the commercial crossover hit "Lights Out." Fans of those songs will enjoy the synth reggae fusion of "Pirate in the Water" and the severely catchy hooks of "Disparate Youth." When not dabbling in reggae (like on the Beastie Boys album cameo "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win"), White -- whose favorite band is appropriately the Smiths -- continues to be masterful at appropriating sparkling '80s arrangements, as seen in "The Keepers," a slick song that swipes a melody line from "Little Red Corvette" and incorporates a theme once explored by Talking Heads ("While we sleep, our house is burning down"). Preoccupations with fame and how Santigold are perceived by critics and peers are still common concerns, explored in the fiery Hollertronix album closers, but even when White's taunting and teasing, she appears to be in control, and comfortable with her role as a pop artist. This is the kind of album that can fully define her sound, but is still multifaceted and well crafted enough to be exciting. While that's no guarantee that the sophomore outing will be as huge a hit as Santigold's breakout, at least it's proof positive that Santi White is settling in for a long ride.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/01/2012
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678766695
catalogNumber: 530436
Rank: 75643

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Santigold   Primary Artist
Mike Dillon   Marimbas
Greg Kurstin   Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Musician
Karen O   Vocals
Santi White   Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
David Andrew Sitek   Musician
Jahphet Landis   Drums
Nick Zinner   Guitar
Anthony Burlitch   Drums

Technical Credits

Greg Kurstin   Composer,Producer
Q-Tip   Producer
Guy Battarel   Composer
Kamaal Fareed   Composer
Jason Schmidt   Cover Photo
Karen O   Composer
Santi White   Composer,Executive Producer
David Andrew Sitek   Composer,Programming,Producer,Additional Production
John Morrical   Engineer
Chris Coady   Engineer
Diplo   Producer
Zeph Sowers   Engineer
Andros Rodriguez   Engineer
Naeem Juwan   Composer
Boys Noize   Producer
Jesse Shatkin   Engineer
Sayyd Droullard   Engineer
Buraka Som Sistema   Producer
Chris Kasych   Engineer
Alex Ridha   Composer
Santigold   Producer
Jean-Pierre Massiera   Composer
Ricky Blaze   Programming,Producer
Nick Zinner   Composer
Alex Leader   Engineer
Rui Pite   Composer
Jesse Novak   Composer
Chris Allen   Engineer
Ricardo Johnson   Composer
Thomas Wesley Pentz   Composer
João Barbosa   Composer
Brian Gottshall   Engineer
Laura Sisk   Engineer
Karla Rodrigues   Composer
Kahinde Wiley   Paintings

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Master of My Make-Believe 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
“Master Of My Make- Believe” by Santigold is a brave musical experiment that touches on the serious issues of life in a touching manner. I particularly enjoyed “Fame”, “God FromThe Machine”, “The Riot’s Gone”, and “Go”. “Master Of My Make-Believe” is a great cd to have for anyone who enjoys a careful blend of indie rock and electronica music.