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  • Summary: The third full-length release for Adam Bainbridge features guest appearances from Bahamadia, Cosima, Nadia Nair, Robyn, Seinabo Sey, Samthing Soweto, and Jazmine Sullivan.
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  1. Sep 10, 2019
    80
    The tasteful gloss of Something Like a War may be off-putting for some listeners, who may view its composure as aloofness or feel distance where there is intended warmth. But there is a deep well of heart underneath this album's cool surface.
  2. Sep 5, 2019
    70
    Something Like a War feels ambitious and searching, navigating the complex experiences of Bainbridge and their collaborators.
  3. Sep 13, 2019
    65
    Bainbridge’s production is always tasteful and seldom bad, but is only great when heightened by its guests. On Something like a War, those guests are generally pretty good; sometimes they are very good.
  4. Sep 5, 2019
    61
    That’s the fundamental issue of Something Like A War: Kindness, in their efforts to cultivate and redistribute softness as a universal tenet, forgot the key rule of living honestly—your vulnerabilities must be specific enough to connect with.
  5. Sep 5, 2019
    60
    Everything from funk-inflected bass to smoky brass and even New Jack Swing is represented here. Despite this, sometimes the clash of sounds can feel slightly diluted by some slightly hazy production, including on The Warning, where Robyn’s emotionally-wrought vocals and the melancholy orchestration are dulled by the washed-out beats. Yet, even in these moments, there’s an air of self-assuredness.
  6. Q Magazine
    Sep 5, 2019
    60
    Sorrowful dance and defiant house beats wind throughout, bringing unity to the scattered sounds. [Oct 2019, p.109]
  7. Sep 6, 2019
    60
    Fans might see this as a boon - Bainbridge picking up from where they left off before their self-imposed hiatus. To others, it may sound like a missed opportunity to establish themselves as a more cutting-edge artist.
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