Little Dragon – Little Dragon

Review by Vincent Thomas
For years now, the world of music has been too global and interconnected for one to truly be surprised at an outfit such as Little Dragon – Little Dragon, but it’s no less a wonder that a sound as American as soul and R&B can infuse the music this pervasively of a group of high school buddies from Sweden. Little Dragon is a dynamic self-titled debut that is yet another credible and enchanting Euro-approximation of soul and rhythm & blues. Vocalist Yukimi Nagano displays all the subtle inflections and conspicuous acrobatics that have identified the R&B genre for years, but specifically the more recent paradigms of the Chaka Khans and MJBs, noted easily on the album’s highlight “Constant Surprises.” Meanwhile, “Wink” is a sexy, synth-heavy club banger that might conjure some of the more poppish acts (Rihanna). But the album — and group — don’t stop there, thankfully. They give you everything from quaint piano ballads (“Twice”) to jazz-drenched pieces, like “After the Rain” where keyboardist Håkan Wirenstrand makes like Herbie Hancock with his sparse and dissonant chording. “Forever” is an ambient number meant for dark lounges with a lot of pheromone activity. It’s a genuine album bolstered by the group’s collective artistry. It proves, once again, that geography has very little to do with authenticity.

 

Little Dragon – Little Dragon Tracklist

  1.  Twice 0:00
  2.  Turn Left 3:03
  3.  No Love 7:07
  4.  Recommendation 11:26
  5.  Constant Surprises 15:16
  6.  Forever 19:48
  7.  After the Rain 24:16
  8.  Place to Belong 28:18
  9.  Stormy Weather 31:28
  10.  Test 35:52
  11.  Wink 40:17
  12.  Scribbled Paper 43:58

 

Little Dragon - Little Dragon

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