Words By Amp Geez
The much-maligned debut album from Harlem rabble-rouser Azaelia Banks, Broke With Expensive Taste, has finally arrived, and despite cooled hype since Banks’ 2012 break-out, the LP was worth the wait.
Drawing from various influences, the songs are distinct but flow together, creating a gumbo of early 1990’s downtown New York City club sounds that feel retro and progressive all at once. Banks not only reveals herself as an incredibly capable vocalist on songs like “Wallace” but also reminds us of her emcee pedigree on joints like “Gimme a Chance” and “Ice Princess.”
Sure, it took two years to release, but you’d be hard pressed to find another album this year with an artistic vision as fully realized as Broke With Expensive Taste.
Standout Songs: “Chasing Time,” “Gimme A Chance,” “Soda”
Songs To Skip: “Nude Beach A Go-Go”