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SAWAYAMA

Rina Sawayama

SAWAYAMA

Debut album from the Japanese-born, London-based R&B artist and model

ADM rating[?]

8.2

Label
Dirty Hit
UK Release date
17/04/2020
US Release date
17/04/2020
  1. 10.0 |   Q

    It's a broad church but Sawayama never feels cluttered or jarring. Print edition only

  2. 10.0 |   NME

    Nu-metal? In 2020? The burgeoning pop star's thrilling – and wildly eclectic – debut album breathes new life into familiar sounds
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  3. 9.1 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A brilliant collection of lyrically complex, refined pop
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  4. 9.0 |   Clash

    Raw artistry paired with rich heritage makes for a magnificent, spine-tingling first album for Rina Sawayama
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  5. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Rina Sawayama is one-of-a-kind, and her debut album certainly isn’t going to be quiet about that
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  6. 8.5 |   Paste Magazine

    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
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  7. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    No genre is off-limits. You can hear the influence of emo-rock Evanescence, nu metal Korn, and pop of early P!nk or Jojo - classic Noughties sounds woven into an intricate and electrifying listen
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  8. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The rising Japanese British star encapsulates the chaos of Y2K Top 40 as she expertly combines nu metal with R&B pop
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  9. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    An avant-garde celebration of noughties iconography, from shiny R'n'B to emo-pop
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  10. 8.0 |   DIY

    A smart pop record that’s doused in self-awareness
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  11. 8.0 |   The Independent

    An audacious album from one of the boldest voices in pop
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  12. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    Intimidating? Yes. Enthralling? Absolutely
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  13. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    There are no bad tracks on this album and it’s a lot of fun to listen to from start to finish, however it could have been a masterpiece with a little selective editing in the second half
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  14. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Sawayama in 2020 as a bona-fide pop star
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  15. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    The Japanese-British pop singer’s debut is a Y2K flashback that’s as reverent of Evanescence and Korn as it is of Britney and Christina
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  16. 7.6 |   Beats Per Minute

    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
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  17. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    She exorcises her personal demons amid some of the year’s best dancefloor-filling pop
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  18. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    SAWAYAMA is her kaleidoscopic, full-throttle attempt at telling the world exactly who she is. Surely there’s nothing cooler than that?
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