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Kindness (Adam Bainbridge): Otherness *

Album Reviews:

Paste (magazine) - "Kindness' second album hones his fondness for the blank spots between the beats. Even when he gets an award-winning dance pop star to guest on his songs, Bainbridge keeps his production lean and minimal..."

Clash (magazine) - "'Who Do You Love?' with Robyn, is new jack swing in a cathedral, and gorgeous."

Album Notes

After the release of his first album under the name Kindness, Adam Bainbridge took the advice of that record's title and had a change of mind. Or at least a big change in the way he operated. After a few years writing downer disco jams and working with legendary French producer Philip Zdar, Bainbridge took a slight left turn into downer R&B ballads and a more collaborative style with his second album Otherness. Right away with "World Restart," the horn-filled, stutter-step, he brings in Kelela and Ade to sing lead vocals, and instead of channeling the gliding, disco-fed melancholy of Arthur Russell, Bainbridge tries to conjure up something grittier, sadder, and looser. The rest of the album continues along this track with guests like Devonte Hynes, rapper M.anifest, Kelela again, and Robyn (on the very oddly mixed "Who Do You Love?") helping Kindness sound much less like a one-man project and more like a bummed-out alretnative R&B-leaning collective. ~ Tim Sendra


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