47 Abra: Princess

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I used to hate the cover of ‘Princess’, I used to think it looked cheap, sordid and…

…this isn’t working, the picture’s too far up the page, I want it to be right on top of the writing as I’m dissecting it, y’know?

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Great. I used to hate the cover of Princess: I used to think it looked cheap, sordid and nauseatingly sexualised. ABRA herself has the look in her eyes of someone who would happily pose naked with a horse for a scuzzy camera phone shot for the $50 that will guarantee one more blast of whatever it is she needs to extend that clouded over look and suspend any real contemplation of her miserable situation for a while longer

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Then, I got it

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It’s all a

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and the ABRA whose existence we glimpse into on the cover is the same debauched, degenerate yet defiant character that we spend a rather disturbing but nonetheless perversely provocative 22 minutes

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with on ‘Princess’

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It’s a grotty, borderline vile cover that, despite every bone of human decency in your body rejecting the proposal- you can’t help but find a little sexy

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The absolutely perfect EP inhabits a dank and slimey underground, that still manages undeniably sexually appealing. It’s a world of sex being sold cheap to fund the continued use of the dankest drugs, and a woman who sees nothing morally wrong with enjoying both the purchase and the currency

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ABRA is perhaps described, a little too basically, as a female Weeknd, though while Mr Knd chose to document the debauchery and emptiness of the highest

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rollers, ABRA is rolling around in the muck and defying us to tell her she shouldn’t enjoy it

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Musically, though, I’m not sure The Weeknd has ever sounded this good: low-fi without ever sounding cheap or insubstantial, and obviously influenced by 80s goth-synth without ever being too in thrall of it. Now, I need to have a quick wash…

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It only wins

5 Prince Points,

as though He was fond of a bit of slap and tickle, he never made it sound quite so debauched

 

Metacritic: n/a

Strange, it seems that artists who are too ‘urban’ (or too whatever King Dude is

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) never make it to Metacritic

Length: 22 minutes +24.

Paying attention, Drake? If you’re album was this short it’d be one of the best of the year

Best Lyric: ;Let’s imagine for a moment that you never made a name for yourself/Or mastered wealth, they had you labeled as a king/Never made it out the cage, still out there movin’ in them streets/Never had the baddest woman in the game up in your sheets’ +1

Number of AMAZING songs: 0

Not quite ‘AMAZING, though the opening track is 62 seconds of perfection

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…But Are All the Rest of the Songs Kinda Amazing Anyway? Yes (+50)

Is the last song just the first track but played on Ukulele? No -1

Total 230

http://www.truepanther.com/releases/abra-princess/

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