Album Review: Natural Brown Prom Queen by Sudan Archives
Excellent, Based on 3 Critics
No Ripcord - 80 Based on rating 8/10
Athena, the debut album by Brittany Denise Parks, announced an artist who dove into the wreck of her inner consciousness with a soulful, cosmic embrace. Going by the stage name Sudan Archives, Parks was the rare fully-formed artist combining her self-taught prowess as a violinist with inventive electronic beats. Her latest, Natural Brown Prom Queen, strikes like an abrupt disruption from Athena's more gossamer moments, embracing her autonomy even further while taking her R&B in wild new directions, both musically and lyrically.
If the sound of Beyoncé’s similarly sonically adventurous Renaissance whetted your appetite for challenging, demanding soul, then Brittany Parks’ latest could be just what you’re looking for Back in 2019, Brittany Parks aka Sudan Archives‘ debut album Athena was an exciting shot in the arm. Mixing RnB loops with her trademark violin (which she’d learnt to play herself by ear), Athena was a wild mix of genres, throwing pretty much everything in the mix to make the listener excited to see where she’d go next. Three years later, and Parks has repeated the trick.
Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, producer and violinist Sudan Archives, real name Brittany Denise Parks, has returned with her long-awaited sophomore effort, 'Natural Brown Prom Queen'. This sophomore album has come nearly three years after Sudan Archives' critically acclaimed debut, 2019's 'Athena' , with little output in-between aside from a pair of remixes in 2020. 'Natural Brown Prom Queen' is a shapeshifting sonic endeavour through flashes of pop, electronica, R&B and hip-hop, but still feels a facilely coalesce and coherent experience.