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Young Fathers' New Album, 'Cocoa Sugar,' Hints At Pop Magic

There are some exceptionally beautiful moments on Cocoa Sugar, but Young Fathers' new album still leaves something to be desired.

Scottish-Nigerian-Liberian trio Young Fathers have been inching towards the UK mainstream with their jubilant, genre-defying tracks for the past few years. Leading up to their most pop-accessible album yet, Cocoa Sugar, the band did some serious woodshedding—writing original music for the highly anticipated Trainspotting sequel and collaborating with the iconic Massive Attack.

There's something undeniably cool and exciting about Young Fathers, but they're moving further and further away from the hip-hop tropes and abrasive punk integrity that first drew us in. And as provocative and antagonistic as Young Fathers have made themselves out to be in the past, the band now shies away from anything controversial or potentially career damaging.

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