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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release for Slow Club's Rebecca Taylor was produced by Johan Karlberg.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Oct 19, 2021
    100
    Taylor might not have been coming for the crown of pop star of the year, but with Prioritise Pleasure she’s certainly taken it.
  2. Oct 20, 2021
    100
    ‘Prioritise Pleasure’ manages to challenge accepted norms and help to exorcise long-buried demons; it’s powerful to the last drop.
  3. Oct 21, 2021
    100
    It’s a powerfully intense record that some may recoil from; confrontational and liable to catch you off-guard as Taylor crisply extracts gutting truths from the general murk of self-loathing, never sugarcoating grimness nor over-egging her attempts at self-affirmation. ... It’s remarkable.
  4. Oct 28, 2021
    83
    What rides at the top and takes your attention pretty much all the time is Taylor herself. Her words are honest and palpable, but also unflinchingly direct.
  5. Oct 19, 2021
    80
    Taylor is also creating epic pop from this mess, and the soundworld she has built with her producer, Johan Kalberg, is her lyrical support system. ... The uneasy stuff is louder this time around – beefier, darker – but Taylor has twisted it to become a solid component of her strength.
  6. 80
    Assured and unapologetic, it’s charged with a dark, smirking wit that’s impossible to turn away from, and achieves an incredibly impressive feat: not only does Self Esteem detail the fear, uneasiness and anger of being a woman – keys clutched between our fists – but also manages to make us laugh at the sheer absurdity of being forced to navigate a world that has, quite unbelievably, normalised misogyny.
  7. 80
    Across the album’s 13 tracks, she flits easily between pop’s peripherals and its core, dispensing emotional catharsis all the way.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. MC_
    Oct 25, 2021
    10
    Best album of 2021 hands down! The production and lyricism is out of this world!
  2. Oct 23, 2021
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This album is so **** good! It's powerful, it just grows, it is one of the best albums of the year so far. The production floating between being minimalist and then overwhelmed it's what enchanted me for good. Her vocals are kinda of raw and well placed, the lyric content doesn't fail at all, the backing vocals are empowering. Trust me, it's a espetacular masterpiece. Expand
  3. Oct 26, 2021
    10
    Absolutely genius - moments of Jessie Ware, Lily Allen, Kanye big gospel, I’m absolutely obsessed with this album. Fave is You Forever butAbsolutely genius - moments of Jessie Ware, Lily Allen, Kanye big gospel, I’m absolutely obsessed with this album. Fave is You Forever but love it all! Expand
  4. Dec 1, 2021
    10
    This album is perfect ! A great self love anthem with great vocal performances,catchy productions and powerful lyrics; lol an album doesn'tThis album is perfect ! A great self love anthem with great vocal performances,catchy productions and powerful lyrics; lol an album doesn't have to be very wierd or different from other albums and rebecca just proves it in this album. A lot of people who gave it low users score are either just mad that a female pop star made album of the year or cuz they expected it to be sad or wierd to get acclaimed so yeah don't listen to users, the album is great. Expand
  5. Oct 22, 2021
    10
    A delicious mix of Pop and Dance very well done and executed. Self Esteem brings an exquisite and very well done job, saying everythingA delicious mix of Pop and Dance very well done and executed. Self Esteem brings an exquisite and very well done job, saying everything without fear. One of the best! Expand
  6. Nov 1, 2021
    9
    A breath of fresh air, a voice for all women, a frank storyteller carrying noise along with her. Truly an outstanding weaving of a variety ofA breath of fresh air, a voice for all women, a frank storyteller carrying noise along with her. Truly an outstanding weaving of a variety of influences, blending them in a unique painting of what a modern young woman is. Believe the praise, and ignore the misogynists who can't handle a woman scoring over a 90 without being dead. Expand
  7. Oct 22, 2021
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. HOT TAKE: The critics are bonkers. Prioritise Pleasure is miles away from an 80+ score, let alone a 93. This album took some of the worst parts of generic pop music and implemented them all with substandard execution. The vocals are iffy, the lyrics are shallow, and the production is absolutely horrendous at times. Expand

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