Ray Rahman
May 03, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Master of My Make-Believe

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Santigold
music label
81111
genre
Rock

We gave it a B+

One president ago, this genre mixologist captured the prerecession spirit of city-dwelling artistes on her 2008 debut. Oh, how much can change in an administration. Her second disc is still dressed for the dance floor, but now it’s added a layer of riot gear. Master of My Make-Believe‘s disgruntled machine-raging and spiky new-wave rhythms (aided by members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and TV on the Radio) evoke both the urgency of early U2 and the agit-pop ire of M.I.A. — while delivering more direct danceability than either. B+

Best Tracks:
Fire-starter Disparate Youth
Syncopated This Isn’t Our Parade

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