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  • Summary: The second full-length studio release for Rina Sawayama features production from Marcus Andersson, Clarence Clarity, Paul Epworth, and Stuart Price.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Sep 16, 2022
    100
    It’s imbued with a spirit and attitude that only the very best pop records have. Much like Dua Lipa’s incendiary second album Future Nostalgia it’s the sound of not just a step up but a whole leap to a new exalted level of pop excellence.
  2. Sep 14, 2022
    100
    It’s an honest and visceral look into more painful moments that come with processing past pain.
  3. Sep 15, 2022
    90
    Besting the already star-making Sawayama, the triumphant Hold The Girl is the sound of an artist taking their rightful place on the pop throne. Sawayama was born for this.
  4. Sep 13, 2022
    80
    It seems the isolation of lockdown made her bolder about looking inside herself. The most exciting thing about Hold the Girl is that you can’t even guess where Sawayama might go next.
  5. 80
    This album makes use of every single second of its runtime, jam-packed with choruses so huge and emotional, no one can quite replicate her unique sound and vision.
  6. Sep 20, 2022
    70
    It’s a respectable record with easily enough depth and conviction to hint at something thoroughly vital, but it folds so much of itself along lines too deeply creased into forms too clean-edged to bear the kind of authorial stamp its many raw qualities beg for.
  7. Sep 16, 2022
    60
    Sawayama’s vocal performances are mechanically flawless, a testament to her talent, though they fail to evoke the sublime responses that Sawayama can evoke. Overall, the sequence suffers from a lack of risk and is self-consciously conservative in terms of its execution—a bewildering anticlimax.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 59
  2. Negative: 3 out of 59
  1. Sep 17, 2022
    10
    Best album of the year so far. For a pop album, the greatest thing about it is the mixing of incredible catchy melodies with so profoundBest album of the year so far. For a pop album, the greatest thing about it is the mixing of incredible catchy melodies with so profound lyrics that distance itself from the standard (and empty) romance pop industry used to write about. Rina is the popstar that this world needed. Expand
  2. Sep 16, 2022
    10
    I love how she puts so much effort in telling her feelings in a lovely and thoughtful way, totally can relate to her
  3. Sep 16, 2022
    10
    Best pop release of 2022 so far. Incredible melodies, vocals and production. Stunning body of work.
  4. Sep 19, 2022
    10
    RINA IS MOTHERRR!!! Album of the year! The 4-track run of Holy Til You Let Me Go - Frankenstein is immaculate. Really related to these 4RINA IS MOTHERRR!!! Album of the year! The 4-track run of Holy Til You Let Me Go - Frankenstein is immaculate. Really related to these 4 tracks. Can’t wait for the future of Rina. Expand
  5. Sep 16, 2022
    10
    Innovative and revolutionary. The way rina sawayama connects her feelings to sounds is indescribable. I identified with the lyrics from startInnovative and revolutionary. The way rina sawayama connects her feelings to sounds is indescribable. I identified with the lyrics from start to the finish. Congratulations Rina for this flawless record. Expand
  6. Sep 16, 2022
    10
    Seriously one of the best projects of the year... becoming one of my fav projects of all time. An amazing piece of work!
  7. Sep 16, 2022
    0
    el mejor album del año, rina es una gran escritora con canciones como send my love to john y phantom, ademas de utilizar electropop enel mejor album del año, rina es una gran escritora con canciones como send my love to john y phantom, ademas de utilizar electropop en imagining y frankestein Expand

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