Review: Banks Rides Nervy Beats Into Heart of Darkness on 'The Altar'

Review: Banks Rides Nervy Beats Into Heart of Darkness on 'The Altar'

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Review: Banks Rides Nervy Beats Into Heart of Darkness on 'The Altar' news

Read our take on pop diva Banks’ second album, ‘The Altar.’ Credit: Williams + Hirakawa

"I fuck with myself more than anybody else," Banks murmurs on the glassine "Fuck With Myself." This idea of sabotage from all sides – including within – defines the electro-pop diva's second LP, which pairs her whisper-to-a-scream vocal range with jangled-nerve electronics. The pinging "Trainwreck" combines rapid-fire lyrics about escaping a bad-news boyfriend, with hand claps, as if she's at the center of a supportive drum-machine circle, and the emancipation-minded "This Is Not About Us" recalls wistful Latin freestyle. Banks' list of grievances can get wearying, but the music's dour detail is alluring too. 

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