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Rapprocher

Class Actress

Rapprocher

Debut album of retro 80s indebted synthpop from this Brooklynite singer

ADM rating[?]

6.5

Label
Carpark
UK Release date
24/10/2011
US Release date
18/10/2011
  1. 8.2 |   Paste Magazine

    A tight little album full of melodramatic pop tunes dripping in ’80s loving
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  2. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A fantastically arranged and conceptually exquisite record
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  3. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Where Austra are detached and Zola Jesus are portentous, Class Actress are giddy and impassioned
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  4. 8.0 |   DIY

    Enlisting electronic sounds and feel-good disco hooks, this album has a definite touch of the early Madonna about it, and it feels like a delightfully guilty pleasure
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  5. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Class Actress manage to pull this full length debut away from being nothing more than an exercise in retro or an indulgent pastiche. While it does take me back to that imaginary high school prom that I never had, it’s also very much a 21st century pop record
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  6. 8.0 |   FasterLouder

    This record will appeal to the indie-dance crowds that love their retro flavours, but it does so in a natural way, without seeming forced or desperate to conform to a trend
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  7. 7.1 |   Pitchfork

    Luxurious and picture-perfect in presentation
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  8. 7.0 |   Spin

    Chillwave never had much of a female presence, but Brooklyn's Class Actress aim to change that
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  9. 6.0 |   NME

    Attempts to meld the trace-paper beats of chillwave with the predatory attitude of '80s funk-pop
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  10. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Underneath the litany of angular instrumentation, Rapprocher is, both musically and narratively, conventional glam-pop fare, but it's difficult not to admire how well the bedazzled glove fits
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  11. 6.0 |   Q

    Print edition only

  12. 4.0 |   Under The Radar

    Harper and her cohorts have certainly created a close approximation to the heyday of Depeche Mode and Human League-but ultimately their dated sound doesn't even come close
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  13. 4.0 |   AU Review

    The vocals fill unadventurous melodies with inane lyrics. Utterly vacuous
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  14. 4.0 |   Uncut

    Harper struggles to convince as seedy seductress or decadent ice queen. Print edition only


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