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  • Summary: The second full-length release from pop singer-songwriter Gracie Abrams features a guest appearance by Taylor Swift and is produced by Aaron Dessner.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
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  1. Jul 10, 2024
    Gracie Abrams is poised to inherit Swift’s throne in terms of songwriting style, and if she leans into the pop inclinations of “Close to You”, she may become an industry titan.
  2. 80
    It’s a moment of pure pop catharsis that leans into the good, bad and messy of infatuation. This is the joy of ‘The Secret of Us’: it doesn’t shy away from the complex or contradictory. Here Gracie Abrams embraces her growing pains and celebrates enduring the difficult moments. She’s never sounded better.
  3. Jun 21, 2024
    The Secret of Us marks her move into a more anthemic sound – one that sounds remarkably Swiftian, ready to be blasted out in larger venues. .... The album also features Close to You, a track Abrams teased seven whole years ago but never released – and it’s the clear highlight, all deliciously retro-synths and introspective lyrics that refrain from taking themselves too seriously.
  4. Jun 24, 2024
    The Secret of Us proves Abrams is setting the tone for a very long career and that she’s not in any danger of losing her prime placement on any sad girl summer playlist for a long, long time.
  5. Jun 21, 2024
    The experience of touring, which she didn’t have at the release of her debut, is clearly heard in her bolder and more open delivery. Maybe ‘The Secret of Us’ is still not her Sour or 1989, yet she is firmly committed to making one someday.
  6. Jun 21, 2024
    Abrams’s gift for conveying her emotions in words, and the glimpses of vocal expression she teases throughout The Secret of Us, suggest she’s capable of striking a balance that might result in a truly great pop album. Here, though, the secret to that success eludes her.