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  • Summary: The debut full-length solo release for the Los Angeles-based Scottish electronic pop artist features songs co-written with Calia Thompson-Hannant (aka Cecile Believe).
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Jun 15, 2018
    100
    Fractured, inconsistent, broken, torn, OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES aims toward the stylistic grandness of High Pop, and in that inconsistence, it achieves it. ... It’s incredible.
  2. Jun 20, 2018
    90
    OIL’s resonance and bravery--underlined by its acutely mapped volatile and enrapturing production--is inspiring, and the conception and execution of its testimony remarkable.
  3. Jul 12, 2018
    90
    In SOPHIE's most intimate work yet, she subverts pop motifs into the catchiest form of self-assertion, reminding us all of why pop music still matters.
  4. Jun 15, 2018
    80
    Packed with more than enough ideas to constitute what’s still ostensibly a “debut album,” OIL OF EVERY PEARL’s UN-INSIDES pushes new limits of bombast only to settle into the same sort of razor-sharp, high-concept pop that’s worked for SOPHIE since the beginning.
  5. The Wire
    Aug 8, 2018
    80
    From its cryptic title to its discombobulating assemblage of stylistic approaches in the track listing, Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides is chaotic and disjointed. ... Bringing a range of seemingly contrasting elements together, SOPHIE has been problematising commonly accepted binaries since dropping the berserk dance pop of “BIPP” on Glasgow’s Numbers label in 2013. [Sep 2018, p.49]
  6. 80
    Crossing boundaries of pop music and chasing transcendence, SOPHIE achieves the rare feat of making abstract, difficult electronic music that hits you straight in the heart.
  7. Jun 18, 2018
    60
    Sophie’s defining hyper-minimalism has given way to a new lushness. While enduringly “other”, tracks like Infatuation and Pretending lack focus, and this wafty iteration isn’t as original as Sophie’s other modes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Jun 15, 2018
    10
    OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES showcases SOPHIE's most alluring, interesting, fascinating, creative yet weirdest and most experimental side.OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES showcases SOPHIE's most alluring, interesting, fascinating, creative yet weirdest and most experimental side. Vocals may be sometimes overlaid by the intense production of the album though.
    Best Tracks: All
    Worst Tracks: None
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  2. Aug 11, 2018
    10
    On this album Sophie proves that she is one of the most talented producers now. If you listen Ponyboy you must understand it. What about theOn this album Sophie proves that she is one of the most talented producers now. If you listen Ponyboy you must understand it. What about the pure masterpiece Whole New World / Pretend World? This genius song make you feel like you from another planet. I think, a very little stars can create this effect on their music. Expand
  3. Jun 16, 2018
    10
    ÁLBUM DEL AÑO, NO ME SALGAN QUE ES ALGÚN OTRO PORQUE NO LO ES, MI PELUCA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH, ME ACABAN DE ENCONTRAR MUERTA DESPUÉSÁLBUM DEL AÑO, NO ME SALGAN QUE ES ALGÚN OTRO PORQUE NO LO ES, MI PELUCA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH, ME ACABAN DE ENCONTRAR MUERTA DESPUÉS DE ESCUCHARLO, MANAS DE BAB ESPERO Y VEAN ESTO Y VENGAN A DARLE 10 A EL ÁLBUM DEL SIGLO Expand
  4. Jun 28, 2018
    9
    Despite not being cohesive with the transitions, OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES is an excellent, solid debut album from SOPHIE. With everyDespite not being cohesive with the transitions, OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES is an excellent, solid debut album from SOPHIE. With every listen, the songs on this album gets better and better. Amazing electronic, art pop production and fantastic sounds! Expand
  5. Feb 8, 2019
    9
    My favorite album of 2018. It's experimental, pop, avant-garde, ambient... the lyrics are beautiful and introspective, and the productions areMy favorite album of 2018. It's experimental, pop, avant-garde, ambient... the lyrics are beautiful and introspective, and the productions are very complex and well structured. Expand
  6. Sep 5, 2018
    9
    A very strong debut for SOPHIE. her first album as an out trans woman, she manages to blend the satirical commercialism of her music with theA very strong debut for SOPHIE. her first album as an out trans woman, she manages to blend the satirical commercialism of her music with the very real struggles and experiences she has as a trans woman. The album might not be for everyone, but if you enjoy people like Bjork or Charli XCX you should give it a try. Expand
  7. Jul 12, 2018
    5
    OPN's 'Garden of Delete' was an absolute classic, and Clarence Clarity's 'No Now' was a flawed slice of near-genius...for me, this pales inOPN's 'Garden of Delete' was an absolute classic, and Clarence Clarity's 'No Now' was a flawed slice of near-genius...for me, this pales in comparison to those two similar-ish releases. That's not to say this doesn't have its moments, or that there's no potential shown here, just overall it becomes less and less interesting the more you listen to it - where the aforementioned two albums became more interesting as they slowly revealed their depths. Expand

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