Master of My Make-Believe

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Master of My Make-Believe
Studio album by Santigold
Released April 24, 2012 (2012-04-24)
Recorded 2010–11; Downtown Studio
(New York City, New York)
Echo Sound
(Los Angeles, California)
Federal Prism
(Beverly Hills, California)
Geejam Studio
(Portland, Jamaica)
Genre Electronic, alternative dance, dub, reggae fusion, hip hop
Length 37:45
Label Atlantic
Producer Ricky Blaze, Boys Noize, Buraka Som Sistema, Diplo, John Hill, Greg Kurstin, Q-Tip, Santigold, David Andrew Sitek, Switch, Nick Zinner
Santigold chronology
Top Ranking
(2008)
Master of My Make-Believe
(2012)
Singles from Master of My Make-Believe
  1. "Big Mouth"
    Released: 19 January 2012
  2. "Disparate Youth"
    Released: 22 February 2012
  3. "The Keepers"
    Released: 22 June 2012

Master of My Make-Believe is the second studio album by American recording artist Santigold, released in the UK on April 24, 2012 and in the US on May 1, 2012 by Downtown Records and Atlantic Records.[1] The cover art representing three incarnations of Santigold was designed by Jason Schmidt.[1]

The record was produced with a wide range of different collaborators and producers including longtime friends like Switch and Diplo, as well as David Andrew Sitek of TV on the Radio and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.[2]

Master of My Make-Believe was preceded by two singles: "Big Mouth" and "Disparate Youth". The song "Go" (featuring Karen O) premiered in April 2011, but was not available for purchase until the album was released in 2012. The album earned Santigold her first number one on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart, and it reached number twenty-one on the US Billboard 200 and number thirty-three on the UK Albums Chart.[3][4] In May 2012, Santigold posted a photo on Instagram from the set of the video for "The Keepers", announcing it would be the next single. "The Keepers" was released on iTunes on June 22, 2012.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "GO!" (featuring Karen O) Santi White, Karen O, Nick Zinner, Dave Taylor, Kamaal Fareed, Guy Battarel, Jean-Pierre Massiera Santigold, Switch, Q-Tip 3:23
2. "Disparate Youth"   White, Zinner, Ricardo Johnson Santigold, Ricky Blaze 4:44
3. "God from the Machine"   White, Johnson, Greg Kurstin Kurstin, Santigold (co.) 3:52
4. "Fame"   White, David Andrew Sitek, Stéphanie Sokolinski Sitek 3:29
5. "Freak Like Me"   White, Hill, Taylor Hill, Switch 2:18
6. "This Isn't Our Parade"   White, Zinner, Hill, Sitek Santigold, Hill 3:54
7. "The Riot's Gone"   White, Zinner, Taylor, Kurstin Kurstin, Switch (co.) 3:29
8. "Pirate in the Water"   White, Taylor, Jesse Novak, Thomas Wesley Pentz Santigold, Switch, Diplo 2:54
9. "The Keepers"   White, Hill, Kurstin Kurstin 3:32
10. "Look at These Hoes"   White, Pentz, Alexander Ridha, Naeem Juwan Santigold, Diplo, Boys Noize, Switch (add.), Hill (add.) 2:57
11. "Big Mouth"   White, Taylor, João Barbosa, Rui Pité, Karla Rodrigues Switch, Buraka Som Sistema 3:11

Personnel[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 74/100[7]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[8]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[9]
Entertainment Weekly B+[10]
The Independent 4/5 stars[11]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[12]
Pitchfork Media 6.3/10[13]
PopMatters 8/10[14]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[15]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[16]
Spin 9/10[17]

Credits for Master of My Make-Believe adapted from album liner notes.[18]

  • Santigold – vocals; producer (1, 2, 6, 8, 10); co-producer (3); executive producer
  • Hugo Bedford – A&R
  • Ricky Blaze – producer (2)
  • Boys Noize – producer (10)
  • Buraka Som Sistema – producer (11)
  • Diplo – producer (8, 10)
  • John Hill – producer (5, 6); additional producer (10)
  • Greg Kurstin – producer (3, 7, 9)
  • Karen O – vocals (1)
  • Q-Tip – producer (1)
  • Sam Riback – A&R
  • Jason Schmidt – photography
  • Eddy Schreyer – mastering
  • David Andrew Sitek – producer (4)
  • Switch – producer (1, 5, 8, 11); co-producer (7); additional producer (10)
  • Kehinde Wiley – painting
  • Nick Zinner – producer

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ Album: Master of My Make-Believe (The Independent Review)
  12. ^ "LA Times - review". 
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  16. ^ "Slant review". 
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