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The Line Is A Curve

Kae Tempest

The Line Is A Curve

Fourth album of spoken word hip-hop/poetry from the London-born artist formerly know as Kate Tempest featuring guest appearances from Kevin Abstract (Brockhampton), Grian Chatten (Fontaines D.C.) and Lianne La Havas

ADM rating[?]

7.8

Label
Fiction
UK Release date
08/04/2022
US Release date
08/04/2022
  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    Kae Tempest's new album The Line Is a Curve is their most open, vulnerable and beautiful yet
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  2. 9.0 |   Gigwise

    One of the UK’s most vital voices
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  3. 9.0 |   All Music

    More aesthetically modern and approachable than some of their other records, though no less potent, this is Kae Tempest at their best
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  4. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Dealing with themes of love and isolation, Tempest’s genre-blending fourth album is their most grounded project to date
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  5. 8.0 |   Crack

    The Line Is a Curve is the joyful sound of an artist reaching their highest potential, on their own terms
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  6. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    NEW Every corner, every nook of Tempest’s reflections on their life’s prospective trajectory is a self-affirmation, not necessarily out of satisfaction, but out of trust that everyday life has more to offer than middling routine
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  7. 8.0 |   NME

    The songwriter and poet's fourth record is a direct and dazzling step forward, and provides a shining example of the power in emotional exploration
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  8. 8.0 |   DIY

    Rife with feelings of ephemeral isolation and deep personal anxieties, they have realised a new wave of modern storytelling
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  9. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Smart, sharp and endlessly stimulating. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A more intimate dimension to this incisive chronicler of beleaguered times. Print edition only

  11. 7.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    On The Line Is A Curve Tempest steps down from the pedestal, takes the listener aside from the crowd and addresses them solely, sometimes in the guise of a lover, more often as a friend, always as a poet
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  12. 7.0 |   Clash

    What ‘The Line Is A Curve’ teaches us is that Tempest is still capable of tremendous feats of lyricism and dynamic storytelling; if its inconsistency feels a little frustrating at times, it’s perhaps testament to the flow that bound together previous records with such success
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  13. 7.0 |   Pitchfork

    The London-based literary polymath’s fourth album fuses spoken-word poetry with skeletal production, painting a picture of contemporary UK culture in imagistic, intricately wrought verse
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  14. 6.0 |   The FT

    Tense verses chart a difficult journey from crisis to recovery in the poet-rapper’s latest album
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