Metascore
89

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  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 15, 2020
    90
    Raw artistry paired with rich heritage makes for a magnificent, spine-tingling first album for Rina Sawayama.
  5. 90
    Ultimately, this deftly intelligent record takes personal and musical themes, and presents them in a way that doesn’t feel like it’s ever been done before. Rina Sawayama is one-of-a-kind, and her debut album certainly isn’t going to be quiet about that.
  6. Apr 16, 2020
    85
    Sawayama is an exhilarating reminder of a bygone time when boy bands ruled all and commercialism ruled the boy bands. That era is long gone, but that particular brand of maximalist pop is back, only better now than before.
  7. May 19, 2020
    80
    On this stunning debut, Sawayama captures Dua Lipa's future nostalgia and Poppy's metal-meets-pop savvy, rightfully making it her own with more depth, bigger thrills, and a limitless palette.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Apr 15, 2020
    80
    This is a carefully crafted, complex pop record that benefits from the production contributions of industry heavyweights like Nicole Morier (Britney), but undeniably it’s the new-fangled delivery and star appeal of Rina Sawayama that gives this album its sparkling essence.
  12. Apr 20, 2020
    77
    Most of the album, though, is absolutely irony-free, and better for it.
  13. Apr 21, 2020
    76
    While there are some tracks that could have been expended, that just wouldn’t be Rina’s style. She’s here to express her excessive, melodramatic, fun-loving, pain-harbouring persona in every single different way she can, without holding anything back – and SAWAYAMA should be celebrated for that.
  14. 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.
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 476 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 476
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. Apr 17, 2020
    10
    She really knows what she's doing here. A lot of genres can be seen in this album, but there's still a certain sound that makes her music soShe really knows what she's doing here. A lot of genres can be seen in this album, but there's still a certain sound that makes her music so special. She's a genius. A lot of the lyrics have a deeper meaning. The album is extremely enjoyable. She's definitely an artist you should look out for. Full Review »
  3. Apr 17, 2020
    10
    Extremely sonically pleasing. This album carries creative fusions of Alternative rock, Jpop, Electronic, western pop and even small portionsExtremely sonically pleasing. This album carries creative fusions of Alternative rock, Jpop, Electronic, western pop and even small portions of Trap and Synthwave music can be found. The album brings about exciting feelings like in a rollercoaster ride as one cannot dare to skip a song. Not to mention Sawayama's voice sounding like an instrument as it blends in with the background intrumentals. This album is genuinely by far the best I've heard this year, it definitely places the Weeknd's After hours on number 2 in my opinion. Full Review »