OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES
SOPHIE - OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2018 Ratings: #12 / 399
User Score
Based on 368 ratings
2018 Ratings: #20
June 15, 2018 / Release Date
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MSMSMSM, Future Classic / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Tiny Mix Tapes
In its flows and breakings, it echoes and repeats a fractured self, locating this fracture as something aimed toward futurity, toward a new image of pop music, toward a new mode of being and becoming, toward a new way of moving limbs on a dancefloor with others. It’s incredible.
90
Clash
It seems that SOPHIE has taken on her most challenging project yet: her true self. And this theme permeates ‘OIL OF EVERY PEARL’s UN-INSIDES’, even if, musically, the rest of the album returns to the kind of tracks you’d expect if you’ve followed SOPHIE’s career up to this point.
90
Exclaim!

For all the praise that could be heaped on the bulk of SOPHIE's output, the best that comes to mind is that it sounds like no one else could have made Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides. This is the kind of music that, in 20 years, we may look back on as a pivotal point in changing the trajectory of the pop music sound.

90
The 405

OIL is a triumphant celebration of identity that’ll mean so much to so many on an incredibly intimate level, but it’s also, objectively, a triumphant artistic achievement.

90
musicOMH

Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides does not remove all mystery, but is a powerful statement of identity, a shattering of traditional genre boundaries and nuanced, moving expressions of emotion where there once was an inscrutable deadpan. The fact that it all sounds so irresistibly good is the icing on the cake.

90
PopMatters

Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides reminds us why pop music became popular music in the first place. Its catchy melodies, sing-along capabilities, and relatability provide a far-reaching cultural tool.

86
Pitchfork
The experimental music of SOPHIE relaxes into new forms on her debut album. It is sprawling and beautiful, while still keeping the disorienting, latex-pop feel of her fascinating production technique.
86
Resident Advisor

Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides, SOPHIE's first proper album, presents her artistic vision in a purer form than anything she's done before.

86
GIGsoup
There is no one else like Sophie, and thanks to this album, we finally know who that is.
83
Pretty Much Amazing

Having spent the past few years blessing many artists with some of their best tracks, she now clears them out of the way for Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Sides, a personal triumph that continues her revamping of what pop means today.

80
Dork
The whole thing is a kaleidoscopic tour de force that fully showcases why SOPHIE is one of the music exciting musicians on the planet.
80
The Guardian
Despite software advances, so many electronic producers are content to lapse into nostalgia or a safe, compromised emotional range; Sophie has crafted a genuinely original sound and uses it to visit extremes of terror, sadness and pleasure.
80
Rolling Stone
Her first solo album shows that there are even more sides to this virtual-insanity innovator.
80
Loud and Quiet
The sleek, hyperreal pop bangers that she became known for are certainly present here, but clever sequencing and memorable lyrical mantras form together to create something utterly cathartic.
80
NME
‘Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides’ retains the innate oddness that sits at the centre of SOPHIE’s work and, as such, is an album that interrogates the nature of pop music as much as it embodies it.
80
Crack Magazine

OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES is every bit the full-length statement of purpose SOPHIE’s fans have waited years for; a maturation and refinement of her brand of meta plasticine electro that reflects the sharpened sense of focus that accompanies its creator strutting purposefully into the spotlight.

80
The Needle Drop
Though structurally jarring, SOPHIE's full-length debut is an unforgettable and potentially DNA-altering pop album.
75
The Line of Best Fit

We wind up with an album much like its title; Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides is difficult to comprehend, and even knowing the meaning doesn’t make “I love every person’s insides” any less weird. But there always is a meaning, and that’s what makes SOPHIE vital as an artist.

60
The Observer
While enduringly “other”, tracks like Infatuation and Pretending lack focus, and this wafty iteration isn’t as original as Sophie’s other modes.
Jun 14, 2018
joshmq71
95
I know I know first listen but oh my god this was transcendent. SOPHIE has pushed her sound into areas I could not have seen and every single moment is chilling in the best way. The production throughout is mind bending and consistently interesting. Sure, it's not the most cohesive album, but when you try out so many ideas and get them spot on I can really look past it. This is easily one of the best albums of 2018 and the highest recommendation!

BEST TRACKS: It's Okay To Cry, Ponyboy, ... read more
Jun 15, 2018*
MarkCooper
49
Too much. Just too much for the sake of being too much. I had high hopes for SOPHIE'S new album initially, but as soon as the second track finished, it felt like I was about to sit through a more industrial, tweaked version of a Skrillex album back when he blew up in the early 2010's. Huge shock and awe factor with these obtuse beats that end up kind of becoming cringy over time. When Ponyboy and Faceshopping dropped leading up to this album, I was pretty excited. However, upon revisiting those ... read more
Jun 15, 2018*
sucker
92
People tend to pay attention to the technical side of an album in order to review it here, but beyond that this is one of those that hit you in the heart. It's such a powerful, striking and ethereal record about gender dysphoria and self-discovery, being a beautiful portrait of the LGBT community. Every track fits together flawlessly, feels like a story being told. Makes my heart warm. It's a classic.

"I could be anything I want
Anyhow, any place, anywhere
Any form, any shape, anyway, ... read more
Jun 15, 2018
liammenzies
94
FULL REVIEW ON MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL (IN MY BIO)

SOPHIE doesn't so much hit it out of the park, rather she pummels it out of the stratosphere.

BEST SONG: Ponyboy, Whole New World/Pretend World, Immaterial, Pretending
WORST SONG: N/A
Jun 16, 2018
MySoftBulletin
46
I feel as if this just sounds like your typical Glitch Pop / PC Music album, there is no distinct characteristic making it identifiable from other releases of the kind. I was a huge fan of SOPHIE's output in early 2015/2016 and had high hopes for this release, I can't help but feel underwhelmed. There are numerous tracks here I find to be unlistenable, and I consider myself to have a strong tolerance to experimental and industrial music. I suppose when it comes down to it this album just does ... read more
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Track List
  1. It's Okay to Cry
  2. Ponyboy
  3. Faceshopping
  4. Is It Cold in the Water?
  5. Infatuation
  6. Not Okay
  7. Pretending
  8. Immaterial
  9. Whole New World / Pretend World


Added on: June 5, 2018