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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. May 4, 2020
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 337
  1. Apr 22, 2020
    10
    WOW....blown away!

    Recently I've been listening to all the top rated albums as per Metacritic and roughly 92% of them have been truly
    WOW....blown away!

    Recently I've been listening to all the top rated albums as per Metacritic and roughly 92% of them have been truly woeful. No flow, proper singing, talent or anything redeeming.

    I can honestly say this album is a breath of fresh air, I've never heard of Rina before but wow this girl can sing. Great tunes, catchy, fresh and different all at the same time.

    Highly recommend this.......124 out of 10 on the 'You should listen to this now' scale!

    *Edit* I've listened to this none stop since writing the review and it's got even better, increased to a 10. Nuff said
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  2. Apr 17, 2020
    10
    A true imersive travel beyond pop-rock music mixing references of nu-metal, j-pop (hi ayumi hamasaki) with true vivid emotional lyrics aboutA true imersive travel beyond pop-rock music mixing references of nu-metal, j-pop (hi ayumi hamasaki) with true vivid emotional lyrics about her life story, an ode to all emo pre-teen who spent all entire day listening to Avril Lavigne pretending she was Nirvana. Expand
  3. Apr 20, 2020
    10
    This is one of the best pop albums of all time. There's a lot of people who are coming to claim the title of 'pop music saviour' but thatThis is one of the best pop albums of all time. There's a lot of people who are coming to claim the title of 'pop music saviour' but that person really is Rina Sawayama. Nobody else manages to infuse pop music and politics the way she does, and this is what we need our pop music to do: we need it to say something. Finally, the saviour has arrived! Expand
  4. Jul 30, 2020
    10
    It's not an album you'll like the first time you listen to it. You'll have to sit on it and hear it 2 or 3 times and by then its the albumIt's not an album you'll like the first time you listen to it. You'll have to sit on it and hear it 2 or 3 times and by then its the album that saved your life and you don't want anything else.
    P.S. Imagine making one of the best albuns of 2020 and not being nominated for any award in UK just because a stupid reason. And I won't even talk about the VMA's... Rina Sawayama deserves more, a lot more, for the great artist she is. #SAWAYAMAISBRITISH
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  5. Apr 26, 2021
    10
    Absolutely amazing... Best album of 2020... hopefully she gets more attention soon because she's deserves it greatly
  6. Feb 19, 2021
    10
    Rina’s debut album has a lot of different genres contrasting. Although it can be very tricky and risky to use a combination of contrastingRina’s debut album has a lot of different genres contrasting. Although it can be very tricky and risky to use a combination of contrasting styles, the attempt is 100% successful. Sawayama talks about a lot of different themes, from consumerism to Rina’s experience as an asian woman and the microagressions she has faced. Expand
  7. Sep 25, 2020
    0
    Overrated, the same songs that other artists, nothing new, I don't understand why people like her music

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