Chloe Moriondo
Blood Bunny


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sowing STAFF
May 12th, 2021 | 13 replies


Release Date: 05/07/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: From the bedroom to the spotlight, the most surprisingly great pop album of 2021 may have already arrived.

Chloe Moriondo isn't a name that routinely floats about musical circles. That makes sense considering that she just turned eighteen and her debut was a meek, ukelele-driven bedroom pop album entitled Rabbit Hearted. How quickly things change: her sophomore release, with the appropriately dichotomous title Blood Bunny, is a ravenous, euphoric pop outing. There are moments which recall the feistiness of early Paramore, as the pop-punk aesthetic of 'Rly Don't Care' and 'I Want To Be With You' can attest to – but most of Blood Bunny resides in the territory of acoustically driven power-pop. Chloe's ability to seamlessly transition between delicate balladry and huge, anthemic choruses almost recalls Avril Lavigne's 00s heyday. Regardless of any vague lines that can be drawn between Moriondo and artists from pop/pop-punk's peak crossover era, the combination of influences – mixed with a sense of casual mischief and youthful rejuvenation – all make Blood Bunny an immediate force to be reckoned with.

Blood Bunny is, quite simply put, an extremely good time. Moriondo isn't afraid of letting her unique personality shine through, which is apparent from the surface-level gory (but weirdly empowering) 'I Eat Boys' to the zany humor and marked candidness of absurdly infectious tracks like 'Bodybag'. The production is phenomenal across the board; Blood Bunny's soundscapes shimmer and its crescendos are resplendent, yet it never feels overdone or grandiose even by mainstream pop standards. Moriondo is remarkably grounded for her age, always accessing a perfect balance between relatable confessions and pursuits of grandeur. She's at her most aesthetically enticing on 'Manta Rays', which combines a breathtakingly lush atmosphere with delicate vocals that sound like pebbles rippling in a still pond. While it's true that most of Blood Bunny resides halfway between that kind of melodic ambience and the aforementioned pop-punk defiance, she rarely allows herself to "settle into a groove" – which is just critic-speak for phoning it in. On Blood Bunny, Moriondo always has something important to say – whether it's venting adolescent stress or illustrating maturity beyond her years.

Blood Bunny is one of those highly accessible albums that is somehow able to completely retain its own personality. That's a huge credit to Chloe, who in one album is able to pack in the attitude, energy, and emotion of a thousand different artists without sounding like any of them. It's just different enough to draw praise from critics, and delightfully entertaining enough to amass a cult following. She's not going to steal the crown from the biggest names in pop (at least not yet), but in the meantime she's served up a genuinely excellent plate of upbeat summer bangers. From the bedroom to the spotlight, the most surprisingly great pop album of 2021 may have already arrived.



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user ratings (13)
3.6
great


Comments:Add a Comment 
Sowing
Moderator
May 12th 2021


39709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I went into this expecting to hate it. But honestly, it's pretty great.

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heck
May 12th 2021


6240 Comments


at first I thought Chino Moreno had released an album

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Cormano
May 12th 2021


2995 Comments


im intrigued

Prancer
May 12th 2021


1317 Comments


damn I wanted to be the Chino Moreno comment

Sowing
Moderator
May 12th 2021


39709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There are users who will dismiss this as super immature and recklessly cliched, but there are also users who will get on this and love every minute of it. It's ear candy.

normaloctagon
May 12th 2021


7029 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

digging so far, cheers sowing. you should really check mxmtoon if you're into this kind of stuff. my favorite of hers is the "Dawn" EP

Sowing
Moderator
May 12th 2021


39709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad to see someone else jump on the bandwagon. I'll check that EP for sure.

Sowing
Moderator
May 12th 2021


39709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I feel like "Favorite Band" is about the attitude of sputnik users lol

mvdu
May 16th 2021


972 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well I guess the pandemic brought out a morbid side. There’s “I Eat Boys” here and Julia Michaels did “All Your Exes.” Anyway “I Eat Boys” is a creative song musically also and she isn’t just in the shadow of her idols like Hayley Williams and Avril Lavigne. A very promising pop album. Good review and thanks for pointing her out.

Sowing
Moderator
May 16th 2021


39709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very cool to see someone else dig! I feel like she's a candidate to breakout for sure.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
May 18th 2021


21900 Comments


If this is anything like Bad Bunny I'll skip it

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
May 18th 2021


21900 Comments


or Beach Bunny for that matter

Sowing
Moderator
May 19th 2021


39709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know nothing about either

This is sugary pop, lots of fun and that's about it!



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