The Altar

The Altar

by Banks


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Ex-lovers, take cover: Banks' sophomore outing The Altar is ready for a sacrifice to the goddesses. With the fire of a thousand scorned lovers, Banks goes all in with her lyrical attack. Whether destroying an ex or empowering herself, Banks has strengthened her voice -- resolutely and with increased production value -- in the two years since her debut Goddess. The Altar is slightly less sleepy than its predecessor, including a handful of exciting hip-hop moments that pop and rumble ("Trainwreck" and "This Is Not About Us" are two standouts). Adding to the Fiona Apple-meets-Massive Attack vibe of past work, Banks also incorporates some of Björk's experimental spirit this time around, suffusing dramatic tracks with sweeping Homogenic orchestration ("Weaker Girl" and "Mother Earth") or spare Biophilia/Vespertine cool ("Fuck with Myself" and "Lovesick"). Throughout, she bleeds into each song. At times scathing and aggressive, tracks like "Gemini Feed," "Trainwreck," and "Weaker Girl" snarl with edge and attitude (sharp production by Sohn, Tim Anderson, and DJ Dahi add to the might). When she shifts the gears of pain inward, she lays herself bare with unflinching honesty and vulnerability, like on "Lovesick" and "Mind Games." As on the cover art -- where Banks is seen without makeup and her hair tied up and unkempt -- her protective barriers are down and her insides are visible to anyone willing to look (or listen). Although the latter third of The Altar is mostly a hypnotic comedown -- think Broods, Vaults, or the Weeknd's Trilogy -- Banks packs enough energy and zeal at the starting line to duly lay waste to whoever was foolish enough to break her heart. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2016
Label: Harvest
UPC: 0602547762979
catalogNumber: 776297
Rank: 43533

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Banks   Primary Artist
Richard Dodd   Cello
Eric Gorfain   Violin
Daphne Chen   Violin
Leah Katz   Viola

Technical Credits

Derek Taylor   Composer
Rob Cohen   Engineer
Chris Spilfogel   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer,String Conductor
Jesse Rogg   Composer
Ben Diehl   Composer
Seth Perez   Engineer
Christopher Taylor   Composer
Tim Anderson   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
John Hill   Composer,Producer
Shuckburgh   Composer
Ahmad Balshe   Composer
Nate Mercereau   Composer
Jenna Andrews   Composer
Shux   Producer,Engineer
Danny Schofield   Composer,Engineer
DJ Dahi   Producer
Trevor Lawrence   Composer
Aron Forbes   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Additional Production
Edmund Finnis   String Arrangements
Dacoury Natche   Composer
Ben Billions   Producer
DannyBoyStyles   Producer
Jillian Banks   Composer,Executive Producer
Richard Munoz   Composer
Faris Al-Majed   Composer

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