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Cheap Queen

King Princess

Cheap Queen

Debut album from the Brooklyn singer-songwriter Mikaela Mullaney Straus includes contributions from Father John Misty and The Dap-Kings

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  1. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    An ambitious debut from Mikaela Strauss, aka King Princess, blending modern pop musicality with coming-of-age thrills
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  2. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Swapping queer pop anthems for understated ballads, the 20-year-old’s debut deals in laid-back confessionals about crushes, loneliness and forbidden love
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  3. 8.0 |   DIY

    Her personal brand of kiss-off pop is as relatable as it glossily distant
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  4. 8.0 |   NME

    The Mark Ronson-endorsed New Yorker recalibrates the traditional love song for an LGBTQ audience and her debut studio album soars at its most experimental
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  5. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    This isn’t your regular break-up album because King Princess isn’t your regular pop act
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  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A strong, seductive set. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Q

    At times, things feel in danger of being middle of the road, but that's made up for by heavenly moments and voice-of-a-generation lyrcs already drawing comparisons with Lorde. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Straus has said that in most areas of her life, she's as insecure as anyone. But when it comes to her music, she makes no bones. "The truth is, I'm good at this" she recently told Exclaim!, and Cheap Queen certainly backs that up
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  9. 7.6 |   Paste Magazine

    The queer singer-songwriter’s debut is a longing, reflective suite of dimly-lit, sometimes joyful torch songs played out in the restless hours
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  10. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    The viral phenom’s full-length debut cuts her modern pop sensibility with doses of historicism, embracing opposing energies with effortless swagger
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  11. 7.0 |   Crack

    There’s no telling what direction King Princess will head next, but this powerful debut has set her up for a long-lasting reign at the top
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  12. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Cheap Queen undoubtedly establishes King Princess' talent, but it encounters issues with contrived affectations and productions that show less experimentation than seen on previous singles
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  13. 7.0 |   Clash

    King Princess’ work is arrestingly transgressive because of how comfortable she is with her sexuality. Now she’s releasing full-length projects, we’d all better get just as comfortable with it, and fast
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  14. 7.0 |   The Music

    King Princess ascends beyond her influences and above all expectations
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  15. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Retro meets modern in soulful debut
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