When not disturbed by adversity, the human mind is perhaps not conducive to creation. FKA Twigs doesn’t seem to contradict this assertion with Caprisongs, a 17-track recording cobbled together in mixtape form by two dozen beatmakers, not to mention the prestigious guests on the mic, Canadian heavyweights The Weeknd and Daniel Caesar, rising stars Pa Salieu, Shygirl, Solo, Dystopia, Rema, Jorja Smith and Unknown T. Tahliah Barnett (FKA’s real name) presents this lighter production as a soundtrack to a night out. A few listens lead to a clear diagnosis: Caprisongs, a collaborative work skillfully piloted by FKA Twigs, is more pop than art-pop. With some exceptions, these Caprisongs are essentially based on hip hop, soul, dancehall, or reggaeton, genres around which the consensual sounds of the planet accompany us without shaking anything. The exploration and the risk are more tenuous than in his previous proposals, the comfort food prevails over the risk-taking. Put in rhyme, the slices of life are not the most complex of the existence of a pop art queen; the narrator consults her astrologer, evokes heartaches, various annoyances in her friendships, insecurities, self-perceptions whose autobiographical diffraction we guess. We dare to believe that this newly assumed lightness will have the desired effect, that is to say, a better relaunch towards other outstanding creations. We have the right to relax, don’t we?
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