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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the British R&B artist features guest appearances from Kwabs and SiR.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
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  1. Oct 25, 2018
    100
    The vividity of NAO’s lyrical expression leaves the listener deeply enthralled and invested in her stories. Thankfully, downtempo closing track A Life Like This provides some reassuring confirmation that everything has come together.
  2. 90
    It’s a work that’s in a constant state of flux, the flow giving and yielding just like our emotions. A sense of healing and growth radiates from it, with the sparkling pop feel of “Yellow of the Sun” bringing the album round to a complete and circular ending.
  3. Oct 25, 2018
    80
    Nao is entirely galactic on this record--there is an omnipresent sensation of otherness throughout the album. Whether it be in the trademark effluvient vocal or in the consistently atmospheric and glistening instrumental, Saturn is spacial.
  4. Mojo
    Oct 24, 2018
    80
    The Londoner's high soul voice shines through on astral-themed second album. . [Dec 2018, p.94]
  5. Oct 26, 2018
    80
    With the rise of R&B classicists in the form of Jorja Smith, Ella Mai and Mahalia, Nao presents a compelling alternative to the mainstream.
  6. Nov 2, 2018
    80
    That it reads like it came from NAO’s diary points to her greatest achievement on Saturn: every song can shine as a standalone track, but they sound even better together.
  7. Oct 26, 2018
    60
    Despite the album’s beginning in confusion, Saturn sounds genuinely uplifting throughout with her impressive vocal range being the focal point.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    This album is groundbreaking and unique. At points her sound resembles D'Angelo, while incorporating pure pop and electronic music. HerThis album is groundbreaking and unique. At points her sound resembles D'Angelo, while incorporating pure pop and electronic music. Her singing is also amazing and combines well with the impressive instrumentals. I expect many artists to take inspiration from this album in the future. The album also has well written lyrics. Expand
  2. Oct 27, 2018
    9
    "Saturn" é um álbum repleto de músicas elegantes, originais, que só poderiam ter sido interpretadas por um artista multifacetado e criativo"Saturn" é um álbum repleto de músicas elegantes, originais, que só poderiam ter sido interpretadas por um artista multifacetado e criativo como Nao. O álbum também tem letras muito bem escritas.
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  3. Oct 31, 2018
    9
    Mixes old school RnB with contemporary styles and flavors. All songs are well-written and very personal.
  4. Nov 11, 2018
    8
    With "Saturn," Nao delivers a beautiful modern-R&B album and a true improvement from her previous project - which was already really good.With "Saturn," Nao delivers a beautiful modern-R&B album and a true improvement from her previous project - which was already really good. Here, the production is more polished, Nao sounds more at ease and she really found the right way to use her sweet voice and unique tone on GRADES' productions. "Saturn" sounds also a lot more introspective than her debut album, Nao crafting heartfelt love songs and lyrics about personal growth. The album is all throughout impressive and gorgeous, showcasing the singer's ability to mix emotions and fun while never settling on a specific genre of music. Mura Masa appears as a producer on the album, proving once again that Nao can feel perfectly at home on a smooth alt-R&B track ("Curiosity," "Orbit") or a much more upbeat pop jam ("If We Ever," "Drive & Disconnect"). A stellar work by a stellar- and slightly slept-on - artist.

    Key tracks: "If We Ever," "Orbit," "Saturn."
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