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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Brooklyn singer-songwriter features contributions from Father John Misty, Tobias Jesso Jr. and The Dap-Kings.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
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  1. 85
    Strauss is going to continue heating up as an artist and Cheap Queen will add a whole lot of fuel to that fire.
  2. 80
    Maybe this album is a little rough around the edges, and doesn’t quite commit enough to experimentation, but overall it’s an assured debut that suggests a very bright future. If King Princess leans more heavily into gay ballroom culture with the next album, ditching the acoustic guitar for music that’s more urgent and funky, then we might just have another pop great on our hands.
  3. Oct 24, 2019
    80
    While King Princess writes about 21st-century romance — one new track is “Watching My Phone” — the music places her songs on a longer timeline, full of ghosts from previous pop eras.
  4. Oct 24, 2019
    80
    Much like Lorde’s ‘Pure Heroine’ before it, ‘Cheap Queen’ possesses the perfect amount of devil-may-care attitude to counter the heaviness with which it feels its emotions.
  5. Oct 30, 2019
    80
    "The truth is, I'm good at this" she recently told Exclaim!, and Cheap Queen certainly backs that up.
  6. Dec 3, 2019
    80
    Along with her pop hooks, what makes Straus' music so indelible on Cheap Queen is her strong sense of self. As King Princess, Straus is both the chilled-out R&B loverman and genderqueer lesbian songwriter, a tangible combination that's anything but cheap, and always real.
  7. Oct 25, 2019
    70
    King Princess’ work is arrestingly transgressive because of how comfortable she is with her sexuality. Now she’s releasing full-length projects, we’d all better get just as comfortable with it, and fast.

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  1. Dec 13, 2019
    10
    incredible album, i love this so so much mikaela straus came and destroyed everything with these songs and lyrics, for a new artist this isincredible album, i love this so so much mikaela straus came and destroyed everything with these songs and lyrics, for a new artist this is pure art and deserves to be recognize as it. i just hope that she continues like this and get so much sucess and love! Expand
  2. Feb 2, 2020
    10
    very song is so similar but unique at the same time that just mekes you wanna listen to the whole album over and over again
  3. Dec 11, 2019
    10
    Groundbreaking. Utterly indescribable; one must simply give their ears the blessing of a listen in order to understand its grandeur. Miss KingGroundbreaking. Utterly indescribable; one must simply give their ears the blessing of a listen in order to understand its grandeur. Miss King is a phenomenal performer and personality, with extraordinary vocals as proven in her debut album, as well as through her previous EP, singles, and unreleased material. She is one to watch, and at this stage it will be overwhelmingly exciting to watch her soar with an already astonishing debut. Expand
  4. Oct 25, 2019
    9
    Incredible debut album where a 20-year-old with all the requisite feelings of that early decade in a person's life has the skill of someoneIncredible debut album where a 20-year-old with all the requisite feelings of that early decade in a person's life has the skill of someone far more experienced in music and especially production. It's a euphoric ride through emotions that we can all relate to, from young love to lust to exquisite heartbreak. In short, it makes you feel all of the feelings! Expand
  5. Dec 6, 2019
    6
    i loved this album for a few standout songs and also for the fact that king princess is incredibly talented but at times the album failed toi loved this album for a few standout songs and also for the fact that king princess is incredibly talented but at times the album failed to keep me interested the whole way through, too many skips to give it a higher review. Despite this i still love king princess and i cant wait till her next project Expand
  6. Jan 11, 2020
    4
    Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Fineeeeeeeeee, mas o menosss