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Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides

Sophie

Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides

Debut studio album of experimental art pop from LA-based, Scottish-born Sophie Xeon, its title a reverse mondegreen of "I love every person's insides"

ADM rating[?]

8.2

Label
Transgressive
UK Release date
15/06/2018
US Release date
15/06/2018
  1. 10.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

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  2. 9.0 |   Clash

    SOPHIE manages to incorporate the personal without detracting from what set her apart in the first place, and it makes for a record that’s as affecting as it is thrilling
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  3. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    This is the kind of music that, in 20 years, we may look back on as a pivotal point in changing the trajectory of the pop music sound
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  4. 9.0 |   music OMH

    A powerful statement of identity, a shattering of traditional genre boundaries and nuanced, moving expressions of emotion where there once was an inscrutable deadpan. The fact that it all sounds so irresistibly good is the icing on the cake
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  5. 9.0 |   The 405

    Art isn’t immediately good just because it’s progressive or moral, but OIL OF EVERY PEARL's UN-INSIDES isn’t moralising. It’s an invocation, a diarising, the personal becoming political through its own pertinence
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  6. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    SOPHIE's debut album OIL OF EVERY PEARL's UN-INSIDES plays with pop motifs, not as parody, but to create the catchiest form of self expression
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  7. 8.6 |   Gig Soup

    No man, nor woman, could replicate this album. The intricacy of the sounds of tracks like Infatuation and Not Okay are sure signs of a master
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  8. 8.6 |   Pitchfork

    Sprawling and beautiful, while still keeping the disorienting, latex-pop feel of her fascinating production technique
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  9. 8.6 |   Resident Advisor

    Until now so playfully artificial, SOPHIE's music is, all of a sudden, movingly authentic. Or, even more impressively, it's both
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  10. 8.5 |   Earbuddy

    Bold, loud, and immediate
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  11. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    For all its belligerence, Oil . . . can be equally composed and reserved when it wants
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  12. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The nine-minute closer ‘Whole New World/Pretend World’ is where SOPHIE underlines her intention to dominate, with production flex after production flex
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  13. 8.0 |   NME

    This is an album that interrogates the nature of pop music as much as it embodies it
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  14. 8.0 |   The FT

    There are garish, hyper-kinetic tracks but there are also more reflective moments, a welcome shift in emphasis
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  15. 8.0 |   Q

    Whatever she makes you feel, it's a ferociously sensual work. Print edition only

  16. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Sophie has crafted a genuinely original sound and uses it to visit extremes of terror, sadness and pleasure
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  17. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    If pop music continues to follow Sophie's lead, we are in for some pretty wild times
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  18. 8.0 |   Crack

    Ever a purveyor of the unexpected, SOPHIE manages to confound as many expectations as she meets
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  19. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It’s as uncomfortable as possible, which will be thrilling for some but overdone for others
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  20. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    One of the strangest pop albums you will hear this year
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  21. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    As is often the case with PC Music-affiliated works, this is an album which displays, and not infrequently, extraordinary flashes of inspired production work, but can descend into tedium with as much suddenness
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  22. 6.0 |   The Observer

    The album’s most exhilarating tracks still sound like bubblegum Aphex Twin, not least the closing Whole New World/Pretend World
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