Science says that 98 percent of people who listen to any given FKA twigs song will then immediately wonder whether she’s avoiding melodies on purpose, or what? Twigs put out a near-perfect album, and is acute, ingenious and dead-on with her aesthetic and production—but aside from a few licks in “Two Weeks,” her audience has been mainly denied melodic payoffs, with her songs curling into fraught, erotic protraction or releasing in wisps of smoke. So it’s nice to hear her on this BBC1 Live Lounge cover: she makes “Elastic Heart” sound like her own, resisting its radio-pop structure and acquiescing in turn.
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