The Altar – Banks

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The Altar – Banks

Joe Kottke

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Banks never disappoints, and neither does her sophomore album The Altar. It opens with “Gemini Feed,” the lead single to the synth R&B endeavor which resoundingly sings, “to think you could get me to the altar,” affirming the album’s focus on independence, strength, and not being tied down. The album shows remnants of her critically acclaimed debut album Goddess, but modernized with the evolution of Banks’ creative intuition. When asked by Time Magazine about what she did differently on the record she said, “I didn’t want to do anything differently. I never go in wanting to do something or having a plan. I’m just different.” The album is driven with strong synth and bass induced ballads like “27 Hours” and “This Is Not About Us.” The dark trippiness and distorted vocals layered throughout the entire album contribute to Banks’s voice of empowerment. When asked about it she said, “When you’ve gone through something and you’ve overcome it, you’re able to heal other people.” To teach fans to self proclaim themselves as more independent Banks has opened the most private part of her life, her music. This has sparked a positive outcome for herself, and especially her fans.

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