III (Banks album)

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III
Banks - III.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 12, 2019 (2019-07-12)
Genre[1]
Length47:05
LabelHarvest
Producer
Banks chronology
The Altar
(2016)
III
(2019)
Singles from III
  1. "Gimme"
    Released: April 29, 2019
  2. "Look What You're Doing to Me"
    Released: June 11, 2019
  3. "Contaminated"
    Released: July 10, 2019

III is the third studio album by American singer and songwriter Banks. It was released on July 12, 2019 by Harvest Records.[2] It was preceded by the release of three singles, "Gimme", "Look What You're Doing to Me", and "Contaminated".

Background[edit]

Banks revealed the album name along with its release month in an interview with Billboard, published on May 24, 2019. The album was almost titled Eros, but Banks chose the name III to convey the "beginning, middle, and end" of a part of her life.[3] The album cover was revealed on May 30, 2019.[4] She released the track list on Twitter on June 11. Banks will embark on The III Tour in support of the album in September 2019.[5]

Singles[edit]

"Gimme" was released as the album's lead single on April 29, 2019, and debuted on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show.[6] The song was written by Banks and Josiah Sherman and produced by BJ Burton, Hudson Mohawke and Kito.[7][8]

"Look What You're Doing to Me" was released as the album's second single on June 11, 2019 along with a lyric video, and features American pop project Francis and the Lights.[9]

"Contaminated" was released as the album's third single on July 10, 2019. Banks released a sample of the track as well as the release date on July 9, 2019.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic76/100[11]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[12]
Clash8/10[13]
DIY2/5 stars[14]
The Guardian2/5 stars[1]
The Independent4/5 stars[15]
NME4/5 stars[16]
The Observer5/5 stars[17]
Pitchfork6.5/10[18]
Q4/5 stars[19]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[20]

III received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 76, based on 11 reviews.[11] Narzra Ahmed of Clash states "III is definitely a progression for her as an artist. The more upbeat tracks are interspersed among softer, more delicate, heartfelt ones that represent the duality of her personality and also increase its replay value".[13] Rhys Harding of The Line of Best Fit writes "Overall, Banks has taken a step forward in her development as an artist, and you can hear this increase in maturity across each album. At times, her evolution is not as convincing as other artists on her level, though the quality of the songwriting here generally makes up for that".[21] From NME, Nick Levine concludes that "'III' is probably a couple of tracks too long, but Banks has created another supremely intriguing musical world filled with ear-snagging lyrics and quirky production flourishes: the lone dog-bark sound effect before the final chorus of "Gimme" is a classic Banks touch. It's difficult to avoid the conclusion: "that bitch" is a pretty apt description for her after all".[16] Will Hermes of Rolling Stone writes "Banks clearly encouraged them [her collaborators] to swing for the fences: The distressed sonics get as extreme as Low got on last year’s Double Negative, albeit in much different context. It’s thrilling, gutting stuff".[20] Roisin O'Connor from The Independent says that "III is Banks’s most cohesive album to date because she’s no longer restricting herself to exploring one feeling at a time".[15]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Till Now"
2:36
2."Gimme"
  • Banks
  • Josiah Sherman
3:39
3."Contaminated"
  • Banks
  • Brandon Campbell
  • Kevin Grant
  • Burton
  • Forbes[c]
4:41
4."Stroke"
3:26
5."Godless"
  • Banks
  • Campbell
  • Jesse Ward
  • Lewis Tautaiolefua
  • Sean Walker
3:10
6."Sawzall"
  • Banks
  • Sherman
Buddy Ross3:39
7."Look What You're Doing to Me" (featuring Francis and the Lights)
4:00
8."Hawaiian Mazes"
4:03
9."Alaska"
  • Banks
  • Sherman
3:07
10."Propaganda"
  • Banks
  • Anderson
  • Forbes
  • Burton
  • Ross
  • Forbes[c]
4:05
11."The Fall"
2:56
12."If We Were Made of Water"
  • Banks
  • Campbell
  • Forbes
3:24
13."What About Love"
4:18
Total length:47:05

Notes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cliff, Aimee (July 12, 2019). "Banks: III review – a break from dark R&B doesn't quite pay off". The Guardian. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  2. ^ "III by Banks on Apple Music". Apple Music and iTunes. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  3. ^ Ginsberg, Gab (May 24, 2019). "Banks Was Rising to the Top When She Disappeared. Here's Why". Billboard. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  4. ^ Banks (May 30, 2019). "BANKS on Twitter: '... '". Twitter. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  5. ^ Schatz, Lake (3 June 2019). "Banks Announces "The III Tour" Acros North America | Music News". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  6. ^ Kaufman, Gil (April 29, 2019). "Banks Returns With Dark Banger 'Gimme': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  7. ^ "Gimme / Banks TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  8. ^ Ilana, Kaplan (April 29, 2019). "Hear Banks' Electrifying New Song 'Gimme' The Altar singer shares first new music since 2017". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "6.11.19". June 8, 2019. Retrieved June 9, 2019 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ @hernameisBANKS (July 9, 2019). "Contaminated. Tomorrow" (Tweet). Retrieved July 9, 2019 – via Twitter.
  11. ^ a b "III by Banks Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  12. ^ Yeung, Neil Z. "III – Banks". AllMusic. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  13. ^ a b "BANKS - III". Clash (magazine). Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  14. ^ "Album Review: Banks - III". DIY (magazine). Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  15. ^ a b O'Connor, Roisin (July 11, 2019). "Album reviews: Banks – III and Ida Mae – Chasing Lights". The Independent. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  16. ^ a b Levine, Nick (July 9, 2019). "BANKS – 'iii' review". NME. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  17. ^ Morris, Damien (July 14, 2019). "Banks: III review – her best album yet". The Observer. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  18. ^ Yoo, Noah (July 17, 2019). "Banks: III". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  19. ^ "Banks: III". Q. No. 401. August 2019. p. 108. ISSN 0955-4955.
  20. ^ a b Hermes, Will (July 11, 2019). "Review: Banks Doubles Down On Her Emo Goth-Pop with "III"". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  21. ^ "The new album from Banks is the sound of an artist on the cusp of superstardom". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  22. ^ "ACE Repertory". www.ascap.com.