• Record Label: Fiction
  • Release Date: Oct 22, 2021
Metascore
92

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. 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.
  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 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.
  4. Oct 19, 2021
    100
    Prioritise Pleasure is a richly compelling album. It’s also a big, glorious pop record, the sort that Taylor hinted at back in the days of her former band Slow Club’s Complete Surrender. ... It’s the album of Rebecca Taylor’s career, and surely quite comfortably the best record that will be released in 2021.
  5. 100
    Commanding, assertive, and powerful, Prioritise Pleasure is everything pop music should be. Wholly unafraid to tackle difficult subjects with ease, in Rebecca Taylor we also have the makings of a serious pop behemoth.
  6. Nov 12, 2021
    90
    One of the most insightful pop records this year.
  7. 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.
  8. 80
    Across the album’s 13 tracks, she flits easily between pop’s peripherals and its core, dispensing emotional catharsis all the way.
  9. 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.
  10. Uncut
    Oct 19, 2021
    80
    Two years on, her sound is equally ambitious but more committed: here are modern, maximalist pop songs with top notes of R&B, Trap and Afrobeat, plus experimental detailing. As ever, Taylor's lyrics convince. [Nov 2021, p.32]
  11. Oct 19, 2021
    80
    Self-acceptance is a major theme of this bold album and her complicated emotions can be felt by listeners in this stand-out album from Self Esteem.
  12. 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.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 52
  2. Negative: 9 out of 52
  1. Oct 23, 2021
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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. Full Review »
  2. Oct 25, 2021
    10
    This is a truly fantastic record. I can only think that the negative reviewers are either a) devoid of musical intelligence, b) been living inThis is a truly fantastic record. I can only think that the negative reviewers are either a) devoid of musical intelligence, b) been living in a ditch for the past few years and therefore completely disconnected from modern life, c) never experienced emotional complexity told in simple honest terms, or possibly all of the above.
    This should bag all the major album awards this year. Rebecca has crafted a superb set of songs that are at once accessible, enjoyable and thought-provoking. Simply beautiful modern songwriting delivered with charm, humour and honesty.
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  3. 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! Full Review »