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Album Review

Goldenheart is a major culmination for Dawn Richard. After Hurricane Katrina left the New Orleans native without a home, the singer and songwriter's career took numerous turns. She released an independent album as Dawn Angelique, made (and even named) Diddy's band (Danity Kane), and co-starred in Diddy-Dirty Money. Too impatient to wait for her creativity to bloom at Bad Boy, she parted amicably from the label and plotted a rebirth as an independent solo artist. After a mixtape in 2011 and an album-length EP in 2012, there's this, a sumptuous and grand album in which Richard develops her conceptual vision to theatrical, hour-plus scope. Beside production partner Druski, Richard casts herself as an embattled queen who "faced the beast with both hands" and seeks her father "to ask him for favor to take down this monster." Even if all the majestic imagery throughout — wrapped in depictions of guarding, fighting, surrendering, conquering, and so forth — is taken merely as metaphorical code for everyday personal strife, the album can be overwhelming in its artistic indulgence and intensity. However, Richard and Druski are extraordinarily focused with a deep arsenal of high-quality songs that segues with nonstop suite-like smoothness. It's remarkable that it was made without a major-label budget, as it's deeply rich and advanced-sounding with a wide array of gleaming synthesizers and percussion sounds, from chest-thumping bass drums to handclaps to timpanis. Like Last Train to Paris and Armor On, the album is largely pop-oriented contemporary R&B, ranging from the breathy and pulsating balladry of "Frequency" to the steely yet open-hearted electro-funk of "Ode to You," with a little inspiration from European dance-pop. There's neither a false nor awkward move to be heard; even the references to Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" and Frank Miller's 300 seem natural and perfectly placed. Complete and correct, Goldenheart is a triumph.

Customer Reviews

Boring and Repetitive

I thought this album would be good like her Armor On Ep which was really good. In the ep, there was variation in style of song some were upbeat others slow.
However, in this album all 16 tracks have similar lyrics and similar music with slight differences. I think I will only ever listen to it once. What I don't understand is how the artist can produce a better Ep than an album. Was this album just made up of b sides?
Overall, I'm not recommending buying it especially if you haven't listened to it beforehand. If you want music by her buy her armor on Ep not 16 versions of the same song.


I love love love this album just like all of her stuff... Her voice echoes Brandy and her harmonies are amazing.... Just wish she'd also release the hard copy here too!!! I highly recommend this album :o)

Love this album!

A very inspirational album, Dawn is the queen!


Born: 05 August 1983 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Dawn Richard, aka D∆WN, evolved from her membership in Danity Kane to become one of the more progressive forces in artful left-field pop and R&B. Prior to mainstream visibility, the New Orleans, Louisiana native -- the daughter of Chocolate Milk percussionist and vocalist Frank Richard -- recorded as Dawn Angeliqué. The independently released contemporary R&B album Been a While (2005), produced while the singer was attending the University of New Orleans and working as a cheerleader for the NBA's...
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