Kim Petras
Slut Pop


2.0
poor


Release Date: 2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sugar-free Kim.

Kim Petras is no stranger to dance music. When she's not crooning over modern r&b or flexing on hip-hop tinged electropop, she's going in on a bangin' 4x4 beat. Sometimes it's tech-y, like on TOFTL, sometimes it's disco-y, like on Clarity's “Sweet Spot” or the “Malibu” and “Coconuts” singles, and sometimes it's progressive and moody like on “Heart to Break.” So what makes Slut Pop so different?

It has zero character.

Kim is no stranger to sexual lyrics either (“Death By Sex,” “Do Me”), but she takes an explicit approach on Slut Pop that just doesn't work. Body-positive and sex-positive content is laudable, and can be served by camp, but the lyrics here feel performative to the point of insincerity. It certainly doesn't help that the EP's producer, Dr. Luke, has been accused of sexual assault by Kesha and is currently embroiled in a legal battle with her over the rights to her music. But even without this context, the lyrics feel plastic, like the beats accompanying them—over-exaggerated to make some sort of point that is never actually made...

Speaking of beats, let's talk about those for a minute, shall we?

Dr. Luke's productions have always taken up a decent bit of space, but still mesh quite well with Kim's vocal style, creating an interplay that gives the music a lot of charm. On Slut Pop, the beats take up nearly all the space, relegating their star to sheer guest vocalist levels. Kim's fun personality and limited but unique vocal range are what make her music so memorable, and this EP loses sight of that almost entirely, trying and failing to use campy tech-house in support of a new musical direction.

The closer provides a much-needed break from things, with slightly more creative lyrics as well as a flirtation with color and melody near the halfway mark. A shameless yet highly listenable rip-off of Discovery-era Daft Punk, it unfortunately fades out just as quickly as it gets interesting. But even if the closer had kept things up a bit longer, it wouldn't come close to saving the EP. Regressive, boring, and flavorless, Slut Pop is easily the biggest disappointment of the year so far. It might make folx at the 18+ club want to party 'till they die, but it's truly a blight on the modern pop landscape.



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JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2022


59447 Comments

Album Rating: 2.2

nothing matters anymore

go ahead and lock the door

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2022


18241 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

norma hit this

Purpl3Spartan
February 21st 2022


8167 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Probably correct



Great review



dedex
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2022


12698 Comments


alright will not listen to this - good rev boiiiii

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2022


5355 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

oh yikes was not aware of dr luke's involvement

but yes excellent review, mostly agreed but i kinda love this because of how utterly dumb/nonsexual it is.. if that makes sense. 'throat goat' is just a beautiful parody that probably isn't a parody lol

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2022


59447 Comments

Album Rating: 2.2

lol you remind me of my mate who came out of a production of the Vagina Monologues saying she felt disembodied

not sure which the more damning take is

fogza
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2022


9647 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I don't think Norma liked this

Josh D.
February 21st 2022


17845 Comments


Who is this music for

el_newg
February 21st 2022


2025 Comments


finally, the sequel to Sowing's "whorecore"

ConcubinaryCode
February 21st 2022


7491 Comments


My gf has been jamming this (mostly throat goat) a bunch and it doesn't really stand up to her previous stuff. I didn't even know the Dr Luke involvement because it doesn't really seem like the beats stand out that much in this scene. What exactly is this dudes selling point?

Anyway I agree, underwhelming and disappointing, Kim doesn't even have that distinct a voice or style but she's not done any service here.

Emim
February 22nd 2022


35126 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Involving good old "Let's play Doctor" Luke in such a sexually charged album is questionable at best.

Get Low
February 22nd 2022


14096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

have been rather obsessed with this since it dropped

luci
February 22nd 2022


12844 Comments


this is like if slayyyter made bad music

Get Low
February 23rd 2022


14096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ My first impression when I listened to this was "this is like Slayyyter except actually good".

Purpl3Spartan
February 23rd 2022


8167 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Apple Music description: “Seven servings of unabashed and empowering Europop.”



Lolol

Purpl3Spartan
February 23rd 2022


8167 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Throat goat might be the most unintentionally hilarious song ever

ToSmokMuzyki
February 23rd 2022


9952 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

slaps

ToSmokMuzyki
February 23rd 2022


9952 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

eggy is the throat goat

Josh D.
February 23rd 2022


17845 Comments


"I honestly have to retract my previous comments about Kim… this album may be gratuitous in an almost comical way, but I haven’t heard an album in this style thats presentation reflects the cultural implications of its subject matter since maybe Yeezus. it feels silly on the surface but it’s actually bold and makes a statement in a direct and concise way. if you can get over how in your face it is lyrically, this is a powerful message from Kim and I’m honestly impressed"

come on

ToSmokMuzyki
February 23rd 2022


9952 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

ye have u not heard wap or lit any pop from the past 20 years



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