Albums to watch


Caroline Polachek


Debut album from the former Chairlift singer working with producers A.G. Cook, Danny L Harle, and Valley Girl

ADM rating[?]


Perpetual Novice
UK Release date
US Release date
  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Pang is a remarkable debut album assured of its legitimacy and brilliance, one that should be celebrated for its shimmering beauty and the success of its authorial intent
    Read Review

  2. 9.0 |   Clash

    ‘PANG’ marks the beginning of a new chapter and confirms its position as one of the most singular, captivating records of the year
    Read Review

  3. 9.0 |   Northern Transmission

    Pang proves that Caroline Polachek is closer to finding herself as an artist than she has ever been
    Read Review

  4. 9.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Polachek’s range, her penchant for leaving her gasps and deep breaths in her vocal tracks, her carefully thought-over phrasing — these tie Pang together into one very earwormy book of spells
    Read Review

  5. 9.0 |   All Music

    The opening "The Gate" is a shimmering flagship song that evokes a mythic sense of rebirth, as if Polachek is about to embark on a journey of discovery. It's that personal artistic voice cracking through the beautiful scrim of her conceptual artifice that makes Pang so compelling
    Read Review

  6. 8.0 |   The 405

    Caroline Polachek turns her vibrant songwriting on her personal life on the irresistible PANG
    Read Review

  7. 8.0 |   The FT

    The singer sounds languid and self-composed on an album embedded with a hyper-busy, surreal pop aesthetic
    Read Review

  8. 8.0 |   Q

    An unmitigated success. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    The former Chairlift lead singer returns with an impressive pop record, her first to bear her name
    Read Review

  10. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The ex-Chairlift singer gasps, yelps and croons through a well-written and melodious portrait of lust, romance and heartbreak
    Read Review

  11. 8.0 |   NME

    The Charlift singer has crystallised years of musical exploration (which included a Beyoncé co-write) into her innovative first solo record under her own name
    Read Review

  12. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    It is great to see Caroline Polachek giving a go at being an independent pop artist, and this album makes it feasible that she one day becomes a household name in the genre
    Read Review

  13. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    The former Chairlift singer-songwriter centers her sweeping solo debut on her powerful voice, crafting love songs about the moment of surrender, the pain preceding it, and the euphoria after
    Read Review

  14. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Pang – a great title, suggesting melancholy by means of an onomatopoeic jolt – offers a lush take on hyper-modern pop
    Read Review

  15. 6.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Airy and operatic and a little stagnant, the album cycles through its ethereal scenery with all the efficiency of a well-oiled machine
    Read Review

blog comments powered by Disqus

Watch it

Roll over video for more options

Hear it

Latest Reviews

More reviews