Jordan Rakei - Wallflower
Review: 5 - "A masterpiece of literature" by , written on May 4, 20020
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Jordan Rakei - Wallflower

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    Jordan Rakei's brilliant debut album, Cloak, made such an impact that the multi-talented New Zealander now finds himself signed to one of the world's most successful independent labels, Ninja Tune. The move into the big leagues seems to have inspired the multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer to up his game, because Wallflower is arguably even better than his debut. Rakei has taken a more widescreen approach, largely ditching the trusty MPC in favour of live drums, bass, guitars, pianos and, on a couple of stand-out cuts, what sounds like a string quartet. As a result, his usually woozy and sun-kissed songs sound even warmer and sunnier, with the Rakei's impeccable vocals coming gift-wrapped in classic musicality. In other words, it's a bit good.

    Gatefold 180g Vinyl 2LP

    Side 1
    1. "Eye To Eye" (5:50)
    2. "May" (4:09)
    Side 2
    1. "Sorceress" (3:03)
    2. "Nerve" (3:55)
    3. "Goodbyes" (4:57)
    Side 3
    1. "Clues Blues" (4:07)
    2. "Chemical Coincidence" (3:30)
    3. "Carnation" (4:03)
    Side 4
    1. "Lucid" (4:52)
    2. "Hiding Place" (3:46)
    3. "Wallflower" (feat Kaya Thomas-Dyke) (3:28)

    Jordan Rakei's brilliant debut album, Cloak, made such an impact that the multi-talented New Zealander now finds himself signed to one of the world's most successful independent labels, Ninja Tune. The move into the big leagues seems to have inspired the multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer to up his game, because Wallflower is arguably even better than his debut. Rakei has taken a more widescreen approach, largely ditching the trusty MPC in favour of live drums, bass, guitars, pianos and, on a couple of stand-out cuts, what sounds like a string quartet. As a result, his usually woozy and sun-kissed songs sound even warmer and sunnier, with the Rakei's impeccable vocals coming gift-wrapped in classic musicality. In other words, it's a bit good.

    Gatefold 180g Vinyl 2LP

    Side 1
    1. "Eye To Eye" (5:50)
    2. "May" (4:09)
    Side 2
    1. "Sorceress" (3:03)
    2. "Nerve" (3:55)
    3. "Goodbyes" (4:57)
    Side 3
    1. "Clues Blues" (4:07)
    2. "Chemical Coincidence" (3:30)
    3. "Carnation" (4:03)
    Side 4
    1. "Lucid" (4:52)
    2. "Hiding Place" (3:46)
    3. "Wallflower" (feat Kaya Thomas-Dyke) (3:28)