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Nikki Nack

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tUnE-yArDs' third album nikki nack sees her enlist producers to help her achieve new heights. Contributions from Malay (Frank Ocean, Alicia Keys, Big Boi) and John Hill (Rihanna, Shakira, M.I.A.) enhance tUnE-yArDs' signature sound. A record that could only have been made by its creator, at heart it's heavy yet still retains a sense of fun.

1. Find A New Way
2. Water Fountain [Explicit]
3. Time of Dark
4. Real Thing [Explicit]
5. Look Around
6. Hey Life
7. Sink-O
8. Interlude: Why Do We Dine On The Tots?
9. Stop That Man
10. Wait for a Minute
11. Left Behind [Explicit]
12. Rocking Chair
13. Manchild

Product Details

  • Vinyl (May 6, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B00IUKPIZY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,529 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James Bittancourt on May 7, 2014
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I've leapt between musical genres for years, hyperactively switching CD's in my car once I've been satiated by a hook or chorus. tUnE-yArDs (and "nikki nack") occupies a strange place in my library; it self-shuffles this impulse without irritation. Most reviews include metaphors and comparisons to describe what would appeal to others (and what drew themselves into the song). But this is rough-around-the-edges on purpose, posturing its' own style while appreciating its' origins. I suppose the challenge for the listener is avoiding the familiarity and fondness for what you love about music in this album.

There are gifts in these songs neatly folded in the arrangements. Good music makes you appreciate the craft and the discipline needed to make music. Merrill Garbus is making great music right now, linking our love of popular music into the manic world of today. Rhythm and melody clash and fly by during the most upbeat tracks ("Hey Life", "Left Behind", "Water Fountain"), while familiarity oozes into the songs "Real Thing" and "Wait For A Minute". There is an appreciation of the nonsensical, the whimsy of singalong, the depth of glossolalia pulling you into a track like "Rocking Chair".

Some years ago, I heard an album that made me feel this same sense of nostalgia. "Idiology" by Mouse On Mars is my personal parallel for this album; it is more than a carefully crafted electronic album (with mostly instrumentals). But when vocals are used by that group, they are distorted, processed, into melodic tools that propel the listener into a very specific state. Does it take patience or focus to enjoy this kind of music? Absolutely not. "nikki nack" occupies the same space that most good music lives within--it will be one of the best albums of this year, and will likely stay in my regular rotation. Be challenged.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth M. Pope on June 22, 2014
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I liked "Whokill", the last Tune-yards album; there were a few songs that I loved ("Gansta", "Bizness", "My Country"--how can you not love a song that ends with the line, "The worst thing about living a lie is just wondering when you'll be found out"?) but I didn't play the whole thing an awful lot.

Then I saw her live, and my head was rearranged. I'm a middle-aged music lover who's been going to shows for the better part of 40 years and not to be jaded but I've seen a lot. Tune-yards live was one of the best shows I'd seen in a long while--witty, clever, engaging, inspiring, and just a lot of fun. Merrill Garbus has some mad layering skills.

So I was pretty excited for this album, and it does not disappoint. It's a little funkier than "Whokill" and I find I listen to it more. Ideas ricochet back and forth though the songs are (slightly) more structured than in the past. It's still kind of all over the place but if you give it a few listens, its logic starts to unfold. References that come to mind include playground chants, Laurie Anderson, the B-52's, Solange, Tom Tom Club, Micachu & the Shapes, Chicks on Speed, and Haitian drumming (which Merrill has studied).

Easily among my preferred albums of 2014.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zeno on May 9, 2014
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Just want to say this album is outstanding. I've been a fan of theirs for a while, but I played this for my wife (band unknown to her) and she raved about it. A great album for this band.

I can't describe their music, it's sort of rock, sort of avant garde, got soul mixed with fearless adventurism.

Give it a shot. I can't describe the result more than you can listening!
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Nikki Nack, the third album of Merril Garbus’s musical project tUnE-yArDs makes a statement through multiple layers of creativity rarely found in mainstream and popular music. Garbus suggests that the world is truly falling apart, struggling desperately in the darkness. But however grim the future may look, we aren’t there yet, we can hope and dance while attempting to make things better.

“See me over the mountain, yeah
I know you're carrying me under a blanket of coal
If you see me to the darkest time
There'll never be a mountain that I cannot climb.”

The Smith college graduate began her career playing Ukelele for the Canadian band Sister Suvi before going solo. The first tUnE-yArDs album Bird Brains in true indie spirit was self-released and recorded with only a handheld voice recorder. Although she began the project alone and continues to be the main source of creative energy Garbus is joined by bassist Nate Brenner in the musical process.
The melodic almost robotic lyrics combine with found sounds to form a new way of expressing the beauty of the world often hidden amongst the dark “coal blankets” of reality. The music brings together electronic tones, African drumming and soulful vocals without being at all tumultuary. The strong beats with direct Haitian percussion influence keep the music uplifting while the lyrics make important yet unexpected statements about the state of the world.

“Why do we just sit here while they watch us wither til we’re gone?”

One could easily listen and dance along to the tune without picking up on the subliminal messages, but much like inspiration MIA, the message is there and incredibly well thought out.
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