- Following in the tradition of all the secret albums that have been dropping lately, Willow Smith released her surprise and weirdly-named album Ardipithecus on Dec. 11, with 15 songs on it, the.
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Willow Smith, all grown-up!The 15-year-old singer quietly dropped her debut album, Ardipithecus, on Friday, Dec. 11, proving to fans that she’s come a long way from 2011’s hit “Whip My Hair.
Ardipithecus (stylized as ARDIPITHECUS) is the debut studio album by American singer Willow. It was released on December 11, 2015 through Roc Nation. Willow is credited as sole songwriter on 11 tracks, and sole producer on 10 of them. The album also features contributions from Willow's brother Trey Smith, under the moniker AcE, and frequent collaborator Jabs. The track 'F Q-C #8' was released as a single on May 7, 2015, with an accompanying music video. A video to the track 'Why Don't You Cry' was also released.
The album takes its name from the genus of an extinct hominineof the same name.
In an e-mail interview with Fader, Willow explained the name choice:
'Ardipithecus Ramidus is the scientific name of the first hominid bones found on earth. Download free hollywood undead music. I wanted to name my musical compilation after it because, while I was making these songs I was in such a transitional state. Digging deep in the soil of my heart and finding bits and pieces of my ancient self that tell stories, which end up being the lyrics to the songs. Ardipithecus is my first album in my entire career and it makes me feel so blessed to be able to share my evolution with the LightEaters as I continue excavating my inner worlds…'
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The album received poor reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 51, which indicates 'mixed or average reviews', based on 5 reviews. Among these reviews, not one was positive.Consequence of Sound critic Adam Kivel described the album as 'impenetrable, even distancing.' Kivel further wrote: 'The album is a headscratcher, one that shows plenty of promise but also a personality abstruse to the point of mystification.' Criticizing the album's musical simplicity and lyrics, The New York Times' Ben Ratliff called the album as 'essentially a Bandcamp record released by Roc Nation.'
Now critic Kevin Ritchie regarded that Ardipithecus' 'undercooked production' as 'a serious limitation.' Ritchie further stated that the record 'could've been distinctive but instead lacks depth or the transporting quality of her imaginative lyrics.' Frank Farisi of Tiny Mix Tapes thought: 'So much of listening to Ardipithecus feels immeasurable by good or bad.' and concluded that the album 'fails as a pop record, because it's barely aware that it's a part of that conversation.'
Willow Smith Ardipithecus Cover
Credits adapted from Tidal.
All tracks are written by Willow Smith, except where noted. All tracks are produced by Smith, except where noted.
|1.||'Organization & Classification'||5:14|
|2.||'Natives of the Windy Forest'||2:31|
|5.||'F Q-C #8'||4:20|
|6.||'Not So Different' (featuring Jabs)||3:13|
|10.||'Marceline Pt. 2'||3:01|
|12.||'Star' (featuring Jabs)||3:36|
|13.||'Wait a Minute!'||Jta||3:16|
|14.||'Waves of Nature'||Ace||3:51|
|15.||'Why Don't You Cry'||Ace||3:48|
- 'Drugz' is stylized 'dRuGz'.
- 'Randomsong' is stylized in all caps.
- 'Ur Town' is stylized 'UR Town'.
- Willow – vocals, production
- Jabs – vocals, production
- AcE – production
- Mel 'Chaos' Lewis – production
- James Chul Rim – production, recording, mixing
|US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)||15|
Willow Smith Ardipithecus
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- ^'F Q-C # 7 - Single by Willow'. Itunes.apple.com. 2015-05-07. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
- ^'world premiere: watch willow smith's new video 'why don't you cry''. i-d.vice.com/. 2015-09-17. Retrieved 2015-12-11.
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- ^ abFalisi, Frank. 'Willow - Ardipithecus'. Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
- ^'Willow - ARDIPITHECUS'. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
- ^'Billboard Heatseeker albums'. Billboard. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
- Willow Smith on Roc Nation