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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

The Dawn to my Day….

Dawn is the Truth, she's the best musical artist I have ever known, beauty so flawless, music so creative, a heart so pure, Dawn has such a talent and with releasing, 'A TellTale Heart', 'Armor On', 'Whiteout' we realise how passionate dawn is with her music and today the release of Goldenheart finally arrives on iTunes for the UKHearts to download. The album sounds superb, music so crafted, it has a special 'Dawn' stamp on each song making it unique that no-one else in the music industry can accomplish. I Love Dawn very much and she knows! Cheers dawn… here's to the Goldenera.

About time for new talent

Waited in anticipation and it was well worth it! We needed new music from singers with true musical talent and Dawn you have arrived! Well done! My album of the year 👏🙌. Can't wait to c her live! The album is on 🔥!

What a debut album should be!

Its criminal that this woman isn't getting the recognition she deserves for merging R&B/Soul/Dance without sounding like 99% of what's in the charts.
This album is fresh and beautifully produced and if you haven't invested in her EP's then i suggest you spend the money; you wont be disappointed.
There are a lot of "seasoned" female urban acts that could do with putting their "Comeback" albums to the calibre of Dawn's debut.


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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