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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: 12 out of 12
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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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Oct 25, 2019
    80
    On the whole, this is a record for comfort listening on headphones. Her voice is often intimately close in the mix, brushing up against your ear, unglamorous and unadorned.
  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. Nov 1, 2019
    76
    Cheap Queen is more melancholy than “1950,” more introspective than her ode to “Talia,” less ebullient than the assured bedroom-romping funk of follow-up single “Pussy Is God,” the latter of which was co-written with Stenberg. Cheap Queen is also more vulnerable.
  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. 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