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  • Summary: The debut full-length studio release for the Japanese-British pop artist features production from Clarence Clarity, Nate Company, Bram Inscore, and Nicole Morier.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 100
    From the raucous nu-metal to glittering R&B, ‘SAWAYAMA’ is an honest, genre-exploding self-portrait.
  2. Q Magazine
    Apr 15, 2020
    100
    Perspicacious and personal, cool and colossally enjoyable, Sawayama is both a triumph over trauma and a paean to the power of effervescent pop in practically all its forms. [Jun 2020, p.98]
  3. 91
    SAWAYAMA appears poised to be one of the best pop albums of the year and sets Sawayama up as a pop force to be reckoned with.
  4. Apr 16, 2020
    80
    It’s a smart pop record that’s doused in self-awareness but still direct in its assertiveness - and never not compelling.
  5. Apr 17, 2020
    80
    Combining crunchy nu-metal guitar riffs with a penchant for early-aughts R&B-pop production in the vein of Aaliyah and ‘NSync, Sawayama sounds like Britney Spears’ Blackout by way of Korn — and it inexplicably works.
  6. 80
    Rina’s mini album may have marked her out as one to watch, but SAWAYAMA stakes her claim as one of the boldest voices in pop today.
  7. Apr 30, 2020
    75
    The album is a complicated picture of Swayama’s past, present, and future. It is rare to see a debut album with such a fully realized voice and vision behind it. What’s more, she exorcises her personal demons amid some of the year’s best dancefloor-filling pop.

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  1. Negative: 2 out of 145
  1. Apr 17, 2020
    10
    This Album was a Pop masterpiece, it completely mastered her refined aesthetic while taking daring and elegant genre risks, this album hadThis Album was a Pop masterpiece, it completely mastered her refined aesthetic while taking daring and elegant genre risks, this album had original and personal stories unique to Sawayama which made the listener feel a range of emotions throughout the album. Expand
  2. Apr 17, 2020
    10
    An incredible debut album for Rina from start to finish. My favourites are Snakeskin, Akasaka Sad, Chosen Family, XS and Dynasty! WouldAn incredible debut album for Rina from start to finish. My favourites are Snakeskin, Akasaka Sad, Chosen Family, XS and Dynasty! Would definitely recommend this album. Her discography is already mightily impressive (not a single bad song in her catalogue). No skips on this album either which is an impressive feat in my eyes! Expand
  3. Apr 17, 2020
    10
    Her debut album shows a new nostalgic look from the late 90's and early '00s. They are nostalgic melodies that range from pop, electropop,Her debut album shows a new nostalgic look from the late 90's and early '00s. They are nostalgic melodies that range from pop, electropop, from R&B to Metal, the proposal that packs each of the songs produced for the album. The thematic content of most songs is full of self-awareness. It is very refreshing to see and listen a pop singer speak openly about her personal and social struggles. Expand
  4. Apr 18, 2020
    10
    Genre defying, powerfull, honest and lushfully produced. This record is definitely the best pop record of the year to this day.
  5. May 15, 2020
    10
    Its sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo **** good love it
  6. Apr 17, 2020
    10
    it's the best pop music of the year. i love rina so much and i have expected this album since 2017
  7. Apr 17, 2020
    1
    Acelera e falta combustível no meio do caminho, com lestras vazias e melodias que não saem do lugar

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