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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Former Chairlift singer under her own name features production from A.G. Cook, Danny L Harle, and Valley Girl.
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So Hot You're Hurting My Feelings
Not like I'm countin' the days But it's been twenty-five You're out there killin' the game But damn, I miss you tonight And I'm out at a party,... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Feb 3, 2020
    90
    Polachek further distills her approach with a collection of deeply emotive songs that showcase her delicate vocals and intricate pop sensibilities.
  2. 90
    Pang is a remarkable debut album assured of its legitimacy and brilliance, one that should be celebrated for its shimmering beauty and the success of its authorial intent.
  3. Oct 25, 2019
    90
    With a less captivating vocalist, this kind of genre-hopping might have felt inconsistent, a potpourri in constant motion, too scattered to register an impact. But Polachek’s range, her penchant for leaving her gasps and deep breaths in her vocal tracks, her carefully thought-over phrasing — these tie Pang together into one very earwormy book of spells.
  4. Oct 18, 2019
    80
    It is great to see Caroline Polachek giving a go at being an independent pop artist, and this album makes it feasible that she one day becomes a household name in the genre.
  5. 80
    She’s combined the joy of Chairlift, the atmospheric mastery of Ramona Lisa and the experimentalism of CEP. The result is a Caroline Polachek record in its most distilled and fully realised form.
  6. Oct 18, 2019
    80
    It’s not all so nuanced and well-written, though. Hey Big Eyes is tepid trip-hop, and Ocean of Tears is as gratingly overwrought as its title, even if Polachek’s vocal control is as exceptional here as it is throughout. But overall, Pang is a vivid and melodious portrait of a restless heart.
  7. Oct 21, 2019
    60
    This record is just shy of being truly groundbreaking. Polachek remains too much of a class act, a little too wedded to conventional beauty on songs like Look At Me Now, to really take her pop to the bleeding edge.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40
  1. Dec 9, 2019
    10
    This album perfectly captures what it's like to fall in love: the initial uncertainty and hesitation, the moment of surrender, and everythingThis album perfectly captures what it's like to fall in love: the initial uncertainty and hesitation, the moment of surrender, and everything that follows once love is let in. Expand
  2. Oct 19, 2019
    10
    This is the album I’ve been waiting for all my life. The next level of music. Caroline is an artist we truly don’t deserve!
  3. May 2, 2021
    10
    This album reminded me why music is so important to me and so necessary in my life. Beautifully written. Smartly and tastefully produced. ThemThis album reminded me why music is so important to me and so necessary in my life. Beautifully written. Smartly and tastefully produced. Them vocals are out of this world. This is what every pop act should aim for when making a pop album, cohesiveness, innovation, soul, and beautiful melodies. Expand
  4. Nov 9, 2019
    10
    i love this album so much, she's really amazing. i hope she gets more recognition, she truly deserves it.
  5. Jan 12, 2020
    10
    Dreamy production, lyrically beautiful, heavenly voice, whismical but mysterious atmosphere. By far best album of 2019 and definetly top 5 ofDreamy production, lyrically beautiful, heavenly voice, whismical but mysterious atmosphere. By far best album of 2019 and definetly top 5 of the decade. This makes Caroline's rupture from Chairlift gladdening. Expand
  6. Oct 1, 2020
    9
    caroline polachek literally does magic in pang. it’s music like i’ve never heard it before. the harmony between the melodies, the instrumentscaroline polachek literally does magic in pang. it’s music like i’ve never heard it before. the harmony between the melodies, the instruments and her VOCALS... it just gives me life. not only the production but also the lyrics are chef’s kiss. there’s not a single bad song and it features such iconic and historical songs.... i cannot wait for the next project!!

    fav songs: pang, look at me now.
    least fav: new normal
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  7. Jan 20, 2020
    0
    i wanted to guve only a rating but for some reason it doesnt allow me to, so here am i writing out

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