Kim Petras
Clarity


4.5
superb


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All I do is cry about you. I ain't worried 'bout nada 'less it Gucci 'less it Prada.

The dualism of Kim Petras' debut has always been striking to me. There's a lot of materialist flexing on the album, backed by simple, effective rhyming, but there's also a lot of depth lurking just under the surface. Singing about heartbreak is nothing new in pop, sure, but there's something undeniably interesting about the way Kim juxtaposes shallow, consumerist impulse with baring her soul. Almost a case study in the ups and downs one experiences during romantic breakups, Clarity sees Kim oscillate between filling the hole in her heart with handbags, lamenting her lost love, and decrying the one who made her heart so Icy. Add in her engaging vocal range, clever references to the experience of being a transgender woman, and you get a seriously fun pop album that surpasses its contemporaries without reinventing the wheel.

The attitude and emotive quality of this album can be found on some of her newer singles, but Kim has largely moved on from the self-described “sad girl” aesthetic, finding confidence in her ability to craft moving pop songs that don't revolve around a singular relationship experience. Hopefully she'll soon find the confidence and clarity to move on her from her producer as well—leaving her comfort zone in this way would undoubtedly catapult her to the next level of her artistry. Until then, Clarity remains the most consistent and inspired studio work she's released to date, injecting the modern pop formula with unique catharsis.



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Drifter
January 10th 2022


20861 Comments


much better than get low's review. should be the flagged one instead of his

edit: oh shit it is m/

Get Low
January 10th 2022


14296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ye generally a new review will become the flagged if none of the older reviews were written by contribs or staff.



alb rules

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2022


60588 Comments


Luvly stuff, dunno why I haven't heard this one

"Hopefully she'll soon find the confidence and clarity to move on her from her producer as well—leaving her comfort zone in this way would undoubtedly catapult her to the next level of her artistry."

Is this a specific Dr Luke ref? Wasn't sure whether to read it as an evasive point if so or a general creative growth point if not

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2022


60588 Comments


Omg look at you laying down multiple subtexts. Peng!

parksungjoon
January 10th 2022


47235 Comments


what about dom texts

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2022


5486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet review sweet album hell yeah

Get Low
January 10th 2022


14296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

She just released an official dance video for Coconuts, I've never clicked on a Youtube video so fast in my life.

dedex
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2022


12788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6 | Sound Off

oh waw! cool lil rev bro!



i still have to jam this

brandontaylor
January 27th 2022


1228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

shorty in the bathroom and she asking where the coke at

i spent 20000 just to leave it on a coatrack

Get Low
January 27th 2022


14296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

kiss it, lick it, flip it

leave you handprints on my ass, yeah



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