9 Songs, 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Alina Baraz initially emerged in 2015, it was as a duo with Denmark producer Galimatias; the pair's joint EP, Urban Flora, is a package of lush, electronic slow-jams that drew comparisons to Rhye and Lana Del Rey. Here, on her first full-length, Baraz steps into the spotlight with minimalist R&B songs that put her silky soprano front and center. Experimental electronic production still plays a part—“I Don’t Even Know Why Though” is a swirling duet between her and the synthesizer—but even when she’s joined by breakout star Khalid (“Floating,” “Electric”), it’s Baraz’s smoky whisper that keeps us wanting more.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Alina Baraz initially emerged in 2015, it was as a duo with Denmark producer Galimatias; the pair's joint EP, Urban Flora, is a package of lush, electronic slow-jams that drew comparisons to Rhye and Lana Del Rey. Here, on her first full-length, Baraz steps into the spotlight with minimalist R&B songs that put her silky soprano front and center. Experimental electronic production still plays a part—“I Don’t Even Know Why Though” is a swirling duet between her and the synthesizer—but even when she’s joined by breakout star Khalid (“Floating,” “Electric”), it’s Baraz’s smoky whisper that keeps us wanting more.

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