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Anthea: Words & Beats

Brilliant (especially the Marley-vibin’ “Goddess of Greatness”). U.K. songstress Anthea got it going on-honey-smoked alto voice, Jhelisa-drama phrasing, sensual lyrics. Too bad she damn-near wastes it all on the enervated Portishead trip hop grooves of her debut Words & Beats (Shadow, SDW059, 53:34). Naked Funk, Evolution Ending (Palm Pictures, Palmcd 2021, 59:31): non-stop feverish, claustrophobic, subliminal, beat-schizophrenic, head/body bang.

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