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by Arca

Released April 7, 2017 via XL Recordings

Reviewed April 6, 2022

Top tracks (based on community voting)
Anoche (35%), Reverie (59%), Desafio (31%)

Arca is just as ethereal as the cover entails. Originally, Arca didn’t want to have a self-titled album, but explained how no other album title made sense. Based on how emotive and personal the wordplay feels, it was the perfect choice; Arca is lyrically sparse, to the extent that it sounds like a movie score; at times, the backing production sounds like it’s right out of a classic thriller flick. Less was more, and the silences highlight her gorgeous vocals. You can’t help but feel bewildered, especially in understanding the lyrics, which the album art also advertises. While not her best work, Arca is phenomenal, and a foreshadowing of more classically-inspired works, like Kick iii. Alan (8.5/10)

Alan: 8.5/10 | Cam: 8.3/10 | Dominick: 8.2/10 | DeVan: 7/10 | Jared: 7/10


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