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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Chicago R&B artist features guest appearances from Jasminfire, Nitty Scott, Saba, Nico Segal, and theMIND.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
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  1. 100
    Woods embodies the cultural makeup of Chicago, tackles the multiplicity of identity, and balances her dominance with flawlessly selected features that build her up. ... This record could be the basis for a college course or used as an actually accurate history book.
  2. Uncut
    May 9, 2019
    90
    Serves as both a potent primer on the traumas and triumphs of life in a not-so-racial America and an enthralling demonstration of her playful musical sensibility. [Jun 2019, p.37]
  3. May 10, 2019
    90
    Woods, herself, a poet, singer, activist, and teacher, casts Legacy! Legacy! as a beacon for a type of self-empowerment informed by the predecessors who built and shaped culture.
  4. May 10, 2019
    80
    The result is a free-spirited and joyful record, infused with a sense of community and full of affirmations you can repeat in the mirror.
  5. May 21, 2019
    80
    Although the album explores intergenerational black trauma and joy, Woods’s personal insight into such experience functions as the album’s anchor and serves as a more accessible entry point.
  6. May 15, 2019
    80
    Legacy! Legacy! is a fully realized follow-up, sure-footed in its blend of what was, what is and what might be.
  7. May 16, 2019
    60
    Afflicted in the end with a touch of offputting sameyness, LEGACY! LEGACY! nonetheless has remarkable staying power and a gracious ambition to in some small way materially improve the world of which it is an image. Aesthetic or not, that's worth something.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jun 10, 2019
    10
    Legacy!Legacy! begins with a lone piano playing ii-V-I chords, announcing it's jazz-based foundation. It then layers polyrhythms andLegacy!Legacy! begins with a lone piano playing ii-V-I chords, announcing it's jazz-based foundation. It then layers polyrhythms and polygenres over 12.5 tracks that take us on a tour of Ms Woods' Heroes. The lyrics are a gem. Ms Woods mixes herself with her subjects, singing in the first person, unifying her essence with that of her Heroes. Ms Woods oozes a relaxed, self-assured confidence that seeps into the listener's subconscious. As Betty Davis-Jamila, "I am different I'ma cup of mild sauce, sweet tongue" and " I am not your typical girl"
    As Zora Neale Hurston-Jamila, " my weaponry is my energy. I tenderly fill my enemies...with white light!"
    As Nikki Giovanni-Jamila, "momma Burt sage for me, none can take that energy away from me." You will inherit an extra strut in your step after a few listens.

    But the infusion of confidence is only part of what you gain after listening to Legacy! Legacy!
    Ms Woods imparts aching, heartbreaking accounts of her experience as an African American and a woman in America. As Zora-Jamila, "I've always been the only, every classroom, every home, kiss of chocolate on the moon"
    As Giovanni-Jamila, "I am the kingdom, I am not your queen."
    As Sonia-Jamila, "You can call them and item. Funny how a title makes them think they own you telling you how to dress, who to talk to. fella please. Nobody ask you"
    As Eartha-Jamila, "who gonna share my love for me with me?"
    As Miles-Jamila,"I do, what I do, not for you"
    And most poignantly as James baldwin-Jamila, "somebody's daddy always laid out on the street and for what? Your precious. Lethal. Fear"

    Thematically, lyrically, musically, Legacy! Legacy! Lives up to it's name. In paying tribute to her Heroes, Ms Woods becomes one herself.
    Best album of 2019.

    And one more thing, the guest raps on Sonia (Nitty Scott) and Basquiat (Saba, just wows here with a mastery of rhythm) both add immeasurably to songs you thought could not get better.
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  2. May 17, 2019
    10
    I wasn't too familiar with Jamila Woods, but I decided to listen to it, since I'm a fan of R&B, and the only thing I have to say is that theI wasn't too familiar with Jamila Woods, but I decided to listen to it, since I'm a fan of R&B, and the only thing I have to say is that the production in this is just great, her voice is beautiful and it is a great project overall.
    Also, that Saba verse was one of my favorite parts on the album. I highly recommend it.
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  3. May 29, 2019
    10
    I created a Metacritic account just to be able to praise this album. From start to finish, it's the most immediately captivating,I created a Metacritic account just to be able to praise this album. From start to finish, it's the most immediately captivating, note-for-note perfect album since Kendrick's To Pimp a Butterfly. Each listen brings new depth and unveils new treasures. It's an instant classic, the kind of record that comes along only every few years, reminds listeners of the true power of music, and should be studied for years to come. Expand
  4. May 15, 2019
    9
    An amazing album from start to finish with a unique sound. This is one of the best neo-soul albums that I've heard in a long time.
  5. May 10, 2019
    8
    Despite keeping us waiting for six long months since dropping the first single, Jamila Woods' "LEGACY! LEGACY!" is a lush, exquisitelyDespite keeping us waiting for six long months since dropping the first single, Jamila Woods' "LEGACY! LEGACY!" is a lush, exquisitely produced Pop record. At it's heart is Woods' unwavering attitude, harmonious vocals, and cutting-edge production all condensed into one effective, cohesive sound. To accompany this sound is a large list of important poets, artists, and activists from the Civil Rights Movement to which this album was inspired by. Undoubtedly a highlight of 2019. Expand
  6. Xar
    May 17, 2019
    6
    The production and instrumenalitation is great but her voice seems flat to me, also is not a big change from her first album.
  7. May 16, 2019
    4
    Tons of respect for Woods' lyricism and ambition on this project. However, I'm afraid I didn't find the majority of her melodies or backingTons of respect for Woods' lyricism and ambition on this project. However, I'm afraid I didn't find the majority of her melodies or backing tracks very interesting. I also feel like she kept at the same volume and energy level in her delivery throughout the whole album. Perhaps this was on purpose, but I fear that this choice drained a lot of the potential emotion and impact from the final product.
    With some more interesting tracks, catchier melodies, and bolder vocal takes, this could have been a superb album. As it is, it feels to me like a mediocre album dressed up in truly excellent lyrics.
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