Lafawndah – The fifth season

Intentionally challenging, Lafawndah has spoken of her music as being part of a community of music designed for all the orphans of the world; in essence a desire to create challenging music to represent those with unintentionally challenging (or ‘challenged’) identities.  Brave, ambitious, and highly musical, ‘The fifth’ works best when it focuses on communicating the challenges in neat Bjork pop symphonies (‘Don’t despair’, ‘You at the end’) rather than when the challenges become overly complicated and lost in layers and layers of sounds and cross genres (The stillness).  There’s genius in the intent, and there’s genius in the statement, but there’s only partial genius in the album.