Magdalene (album)

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Magdalene
FKATwigs Magdalene.png
Studio album by
Released8 November 2019 (2019-11-08)
Recorded2016–2019[1]
Studio
Genre
Length38:48
LabelYoung Turks
Producer
FKA Twigs chronology
M3LL155X
(2015)
Magdalene
(2019)
FKA Twigs studio album chronology
LP1
(2014)
Magdalene
(2019)
Singles from Magdalene
  1. "Cellophane"
    Released: 24 April 2019
  2. "Holy Terrain"
    Released: 9 September 2019
  3. "Home with You"
    Released: 7 October 2019
  4. "Sad Day"
    Released: 5 November 2019

Magdalene is the second studio album by English singer and songwriter FKA Twigs. It was released on 8 November 2019 by Young Turks.[3] It is her first project since her EP M3LL155X (2015), and first full-length record since LP1 (2014). FKA Twigs produced the album herself, with a wide range of co-producers including Nicolas Jaar, Koreless, Daniel Lopatin, Skrillex, Benny Blanco, Michael Uzowuru and Noah Goldstein, who also served as executive producer alongside Twigs.[1]

The singles "Cellophane", "Holy Terrain" featuring American rapper Future, and "Home with You" were released on 24 April, 9 September and 7 October, respectively. The album will be supported by the Magdalene Tour, beginning in North America on 2 November and continuing in Europe on 25 November.

Background[edit]

On 9 September 2019, FKA Twigs announced that her second studio album Magdalene would be released on 25 October; the album preorder and track listing were made available the same day. The album cover was designed by English artist Matthew Stone.[4]

Barnett wrote in a press release announcing her second studio album:

I never thought heartbreak could be so all-encompassing. I never thought that my body could stop working to the point that I couldn't express myself physically in the ways that I have always loved and found so much solace. I have always practiced my way into being the best I could be, but I couldn’t do that this time, I was left with no option but to tear every process down. But the process of making this album has allowed me for the first time, and in the most real way, to find compassion when I have been at my most ungraceful, confused and fractured. I stopped judging myself and at that moment found hope in Magdalene. To her I am forever grateful.[5]

Promotion[edit]

Singles[edit]

The lead single "Cellophane" was released on 24 April 2019. The second single "Holy Terrain" featuring American rapper Future was released on 9 September.[4] "Home With You" was released on 7 October after the album's release date was pushed from 25 October to 8 November.[6]"Sad Day" was released on 5 November.

Tour[edit]

For the Magdalene album tour, FKA Twigs learned pole dancing and wushu.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?8.6/10[8]
Metacritic88/100[9]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[10]
The Daily Telegraph5/5 stars[11]
The Guardian3/5 stars[12]
The Independent4/5 stars[13]
NME5/5 stars[14]
The Observer4/5 stars[15]
Pitchfork9.4/10[16]
Q4/5 stars[17]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[18]
The Times4/5 stars[19]

Magdalene was met with acclaim from music critics upon its release. At Metacritic, the album received a score of 88 out of 100 based on 28 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[9]

Magdalene was named "Album of the Week" by The Line of Best Fit, and reviewer Jack Bray called it the "fullest and most developed work from FKA Twigs to date", writing that Barnett "comprehensively opens herself up to consider the traumas of her past. It is an unsparing, anguished release in which we see an artist laid bare and tapping into a more natural and resonant version of her sound and self."[20] Pitchfork awarded Magdalene the distinction of "Best New Music", with Julianne Escobedo Shepherd scoring the album an 9.4 out of 10. She described it as "her best album so far", saying that it "is as introspective as anything she's written, but more obviously centers her voice as a conduit for plain emotion".[16]

Track listing[edit]

Credits are adapted from the album’s liner notes[21] and FKA Twigs' Instagram.[22]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Thousand Eyes"Jaar5:00
2."Home with You"
  • Twigs
  • Ethan P. Flynn
3:44
3."Sad Day"
4:15
4."Holy Terrain" (featuring Future)
4:03
5."Mary Magdalene"
  • Twigs
  • Blanco
  • Jaar
  • Høiberg
  • Twigs
  • Blanco
  • Jaar
  • Koreless[a]
  • Cashmere Cat[a]
  • Goldstein[a]
5:21
6."Fallen Alien"
  • Twigs
  • Flynn
  • Cy An
  • Jaar
  • Arthur Timothy Jones
  • Milton Ray Biggham
  • Twigs
  • Jaar
3:58
7."Mirrored Heart"
  • Twigs
  • Flynn
  • Cy An
  • Roberts
  • Twigs
  • Koreless
4:32
8."Daybed"Lopatin4:31
9."Cellophane"
  • Twigs
  • Kleinman
  • Uzowuru
3:24
Total length:38:48

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[b] signifies a vocal producer
  • All track titles are stylised in all lowercase.

Samples

  • "Holy Terrain" contains a sample from "Moma Hubava", composed by Petar Lyondev, performed by Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, conducted by Prof. Dora Hristova and recorded by KEXP.
  • "Fallen Alien" contains a sample from "Storm Clouds Rising" by the Florida Mass Choir.

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from the album’s liner notes[21] and FKA Twigs' Instagram.[22]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[24] 22
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[25] 23
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[26] 76
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[27] 57
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[28] 55
French Albums (SNEP)[29] 113
Irish Albums (IRMA)[30] 39
Italian Albums (FIMI)[31] 76
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[32] 27
Scottish Albums (OCC)[33] 28
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[34] 60
UK Albums (OCC)[35] 21
US Billboard 200[36] 54
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[37] 1

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Various 8 November 2019 Young Turks [38]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Except "Holy Terrain", recorded at Henson and Conway in Los Angeles

References[edit]

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