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Master of My Make-Believe

SantigoldAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 1, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B007F1Q7HC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,052 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. GO! (feat. Karen O)
2. Disparate Youth
3. God From The Machine
4. Fame
5. Freak Like Me
6. This Isn't Our Parade
7. The Riot's Gone
8. Pirate In The Water
9. The Keepers
10. Look At These Hoes
11. Big Mouth

Editorial Reviews

After four years of hide and seek in which blogs blew up at the sudden release of any track with her name attached to it, Santigold presents Master of My Make Believe in a moment of global aggression and vulnerability. Honing in on the hyper-media cult of personality, in her unmistakable voice she asks the listener: Into what fantasy do you hurl yourself as you gaze into the glow of your machine? The answer to this question is central to what drives Master of My Make-Believe.

Through chopped pianos, the clink of glass bottles, and the peaking blast of motorcycle engines, Master of My Make-Believe accounts for 21st century details of life from the heart's center to the mind's periphery. In her pen and in her voice, the breadth of substance presented in Santigold's songs is immediate and complex. There are valleys here wherein the drudge of daily living is met with caution and confronted by mortality, but underneath it all there is the celebration of each person's power and vision to fight toward what they believe. Consider this your invitation.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars big mouth, even iller mind. May 1, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was actually waiting for this one on baited breath, now that I have it and have heard it I realize - while its not bad - its not quite what I was expecting. Go! as an early promo had me, probably a lot of people, expecting a harder hitting and more daring endeavor than what the album is overall. There was also a dnb hybrid tune floating around at concerts that I was looking forward to hearing more of - apparently didn't make the cutting floor. She did mention something in a Pitchfork interview that Karen said; it could be that she decided to play it safe since its been four years and as fast as music goes these days she likely does need to introduce herself all over again.

The thing I love about her though - she's a rarity, almost unique in the US. She's willing to actually get 'into' the music and voyage rather than vying for the common denominator. She's also got an uncanny ability to take almost anything - dub reggae, skater thrash, dubstep, dnb, etc., throw it together, tie the connections out her way, and make it seamless. That might be partly why some tracks of the album feel a little bit like they were phoned in; I've got no doubt on their authenticity but I think she's made better tunes in the interim and perhaps this just wasn't the time for them to get released.

Hopefully she'll be more active in the next few years though and a reintroduction won't be needed - and with that she'll find license to take bigger risks on her next release.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master Of Her Own Mouth May 2, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Well looks like the city of Philly has produced yet another talent. Santigold is solid proof of two things. That a 30 something has a place in the modern pop music world and that color of ones skin does NOT dictate musical style. She's actually only been around for about five years as a recording artist. And I knew next to little about her self titled 2008 debut album except for the sparkly gold glitter cover. But a friend of mine with very good musical tastes pointed me towards a song from this album and got me curious. It's very true. I am extremely critical of modern music. But that doesn't mean negative. Criticism is supposed to be a well rounded process. It often isn't,even for me. But I am always looking to give it my best especially when something obviously has so much creative energy and though put into it. And that in a word is how I feel about Santigold. One thing that pleases me right off is she openly appreciates and embraces the color and African influence of 80's musics such as new wave and world beat revival. In a word that describes exactly what Santigold's fusion of sound is.

With an enormous amount of creative control from writing and producing she creates a rhythmic based sound that represents a fusion of Afrobeat,new wave styles dance rock and even a certain punk funk edge into the sound. So is she a modern day Nona Hendryx? In a sense maybe. But far more based in the contemporary idiom. On the opening "Go" and the hit song "Disparate Youth" she's challenging listeners to be inspired and follow their creative muse rather than their pocketbooks.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Tear it up - I'm so damn gold, oh!" June 9, 2012
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"Master of My Make-Believe" by Santigold (real name: Santi White) is well, brilliant! No sophomore slump here ladies and gentleman! Just 37 minutes of absoulte joy and chaotic, sarcastic pop gems. There is not one bad apple on this album and it seems like everytime I listen to it, I find a new favorite. "Go!" features Karen O (lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) is total ear candy to the extreme and the producers who worked on this album, John Hill and Greg Kurstin just to name a few, really let Santigold expand her sound and all 11 tracks have got me feeling a range of emotions. "God From the Machine" has a beautiful textured quality and I love the lyric: "How is it that your scars light up like flashlights in the dark?" Whereas "Pirate in the Water" has a gritty edge to it but still keeping with a gentle touch with lyrics like: "Don't let 'em take you like the buccaneers do, right through the heart they'll tear you in two, then ride the vessel that they turned you into..." Santigold really took chances with this album, she even wrote a couple of ballads, "This Isn't Our Parade" and "The Riot's Gone" - her vulnerability really shines through on these tracks. "The Keepers" is a masterpiece of a song with a catchy, sing-a-long chorus and the lead single, "Disparate Youth" is just beyond addicting! And of course, you've got Santigold's signature tongue-in-cheek tracks like "Freak Like Me" and the perfect album closer, "Big Mouth". The lyrics are polished and honest, the music is flawless and experimental and lastly, Santigold's vocals are so unique but mainstream as well. I wish Santigold would get more exposure because she's so talented and unconventional, so I guess until that happens...this album will stay my little hidden and much-loved treasure! Buy this now, you won't be disappointed!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Here she comes again May 1, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Musical chameleon Santigold (formerly Santogold) returns with a sophomore album almost as eclectic as her eponymous debut was. Opening is the glitchy "GO!" with shades of M.I.A alternating between cheerleader-style chants and martial beats.

"Disparate Youth" is Dubby with keys, strings and bursts of guitar. Continuing in the Dub vein are the haunting "God From The Machine" (interspersed with martial beays), the spare "Fame" with clunky/skittery beats, the skeletal snaking "Freak Like me", and the glitch "Pirate In The Water".

Next are the haunting synth-string driven "This Isn't Our Parade", the languid ballad "The Riot's Gone" (with gently trilling guitars and swaying beats), the sunny galloping Pop of "The Keepers", the skeletal Dubstep-inspired "Look At Those H**s", and the messy sound of "Big Mouth".

A delightful reintroduction to those who missed her first time out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
Fantastic, wonderful, amazing, lovely, badass, super duper. Whats else is there to say? Dark, punk, 80's, reggae, etc so many things gong ion all at one, this young lady has some... Read more
Published 4 months ago by miclaroc
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Keeps me awake at work. Fun to bob my head to. A fun collection of songs, buy it and support Santigold.
Published 4 months ago by Kimi Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great jams
I love this album. People are missing out on a very good solo artist from Philly. Can't wait to hear more of her music.
Published 7 months ago by Jassie Fresh
5.0 out of 5 stars Master of Music = Santigold
This album is one of her best albums. Well, it's a very close race for first place between this album and L.E.S. Artiste. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Keyonna King
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic artist
Santigold is amazing and a genius and I find her music inspiring. Pleasantly surprised that I loved this album as much as her first.
Published 9 months ago by Sonia Aurora Lepe
4.0 out of 5 stars Santigold/Santogold (not sure why her name changed between albums)...
Very catchy. Her sound hasn't changed much, which is fine by me. I like this, though I wouldn't class it with her first album.
Published 12 months ago by Lyman Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Santigold
I know this came out last year, but I when I was on a plane, I heard it on their play list and I listened to the whole cd and loved it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Marilyn Wong
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Music
I liked Santigold's freshman CD a lot; didn't know if this one would be better or worse. To my surprise, it's great! Her music is much different than what she looks like. Read more
Published 15 months ago by April Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love her music
This is an amazing album. It is worth listening to all the way through every time. She is amazing live too!
Published 16 months ago by Frey
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I love Santigold. Her singing style and songs are a little bit different on this album, I like them all! Thanks.
Published 17 months ago by apang
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