After wowing us with her fabulous 2016 debut, For All We Know, NAO (pronounced “Nay-o”) returns with her sophomore effort, Saturn.
With just two features from SiR and Kwabs, the British R&B breakout commands your undivided attention with her smooth voice and technicolor production. Whether the album’s title is supposed to reference a distant planet or the Roman god of renewal and liberation, it’s a fitting one for NAO’s refreshing and spaced-out neo-soul, which is at once deeply nostalgic and wildly futuristic.
Rather than mess with the recipe, Saturn doubles down on what made her first record unique, and so damn good.
Ryan is a writer, editor and vinyl collector currently based in Los Angeles. He started Mini Music Critic in 2017.