Santigold and a thousand other people

The broad collaborations that have long been standard in hip-hop are appearing more and more in pop music. Santigold’s new album Master of My Make-Believe features work from Karen O, Q-Tip, Dave Sitek, and a dozen others, and I wonder what effect this practice is going to have on music. We’re getting less and less of the musician as auteur—vaguely comforting if it’s Justin Biber or Kreayshawn, more problematic when the artist is Bjork or Santigold. Does collaborating with other artists, even other brilliant artists, water down that special something you get from a true musical visionary? Master of My Make-Believe is a good album, don’t get me wrong, but it’s full of kitchen-sink eclecticism; the album’s hard to take in as a whole. Having said that, it is, at a minimum, a mighty enjoyable listen. Santigold mixes Missing Persons-era New Wave, funky Busta Rhymes beats, and edgy New York post-punk with the perspectives of their collaborators, and I’ll be curious to see what I think of this album after a few more listens.

Santigold: Master of My Make-Believe




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