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Hold On Baby

King Princess

Hold On Baby

Second album from the Brooklyn singer-songwriter Mikaela Mullaney Straus working with producers Mark Ronson, Ethan Gruska, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner and Tobias Jesso Jr

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Zelig Records / Columbia Records
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  1. 9.0 |   Gigwise

    A slick indie pop album that further establishes Straus as a Gen Z icon
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  2. 8.0 |   DIY

    A vulnerable musical experiment that stays true to her roots of authenticity
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  3. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    King Princess reestablishes her hedonistic, confessional pop sound on Hold On Baby
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  4. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Hold On Baby is right – strap yourselves in for a non-binary and boisterous ride
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  5. 8.0 |   Dork

    More vital than so many of her peers, but equally organic and primal too, ‘Hold On Baby’ is an album of celebration to be celebrated
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  6. 8.0 |   Clash

    Packed with personality and innovative sounds, this is an incredibly strong release
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  7. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The queer-pop hero’s latest thrives in musical and emotional chaos
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  8. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    Exploring the tensions of a long-term relationship, the pop artist’s second album is the work of a keen-eared musician coming into their own as a producer and stylist
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  9. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    One of pop’s most idiosyncratic talents returns with a low-key, restrained yet lucid work
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  10. 6.2 |   Spectrum Culture

    There are no sticky hooks, no big realizations – just Strauss muddling through covid lockdown and a slowly dying long-term relationship over moody synths
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  11. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    While her sophomore record is somewhat of a slump, King Princess’ talent still reigns.
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  12. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album attempts to bridge a number of gaps in a way that can feel bland and devoid of context
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  13. 6.0 |   NME

    On her second full-length LP, the Brooklyn singer/producer only half-commits to the upbeat, subversive sound that makes her so exciting
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