AOTY 2020


Farao - Pure-O
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2018 Ratings: #230 / 830
User Score
Based on 40 ratings
October 19, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Western Vinyl / Label
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The Line of Best Fit

What Farao does so well on Pure-O is to create something nuanced and interesting. With an extra bit of reverb here, a pitch shift there, she ensures that the stands out from other synthpop, which can feel clinical: too clean and polished.

God Is in the TV

Farao’s new record is definitely Pure-O: original, open-minded, otherworldly and outstanding.


Taken together, the set provides both reliably dreamy background grooves and, for the more attentive listener, frequent moments of discovery, making it seem more cutting edge than throwback despite its main inspirations.

The 405

Pulling from Farao's love of old Soviet disco, vintage analog synthesizers, and sensual 90s R&B, Pure-O is an immaculately produced collection boasting a vintage feel filtered through a modern lens.

Great pop album. A lot of bops and the production especially is very distinct from synth pop albums today. I particularly enjoyed the obsessive love and sensuality she sings about on this.
Faves: Lula Loves You, The Ghost Ship
nowhere near the level of her first album. boring and generic pop songs with none of the quirky nuances of her first record. she has a beautiful voice and that's redeeming but it is not enough to make up for the middling quality of the music. very disappointing.
Far away from perfection, Farao offers her new album Pure-O which deliveries through 30 minutes a good entertainment, through some well polished delicious electropop.
Pure-O is a very welcome slice of Scandinavian pop. Meandering through numerous genres, where Farao succeeds in delivering on variety, it falls down on end-to-end cohesion. 'Luster of the Eyes' owes plenty to the vocals of an early 90s Elizabeth Fraser, while 'Lula Loves You' feels firmly in keeping with the directions of contemporary R&B. At times it does feel confused, but the individual tracks have enough about them to lure you back in.
The Ghost Ship is fucking amazing, the rest is good/ok.
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Year End Lists

#46/The Vinyl Factory
#47/God Is In The TV

Track List

  1. Marry Me
  2. Lula Loves You
  3. Get Along
  4. Luster of the Eyes
  5. Cluster of Delights
  6. Gabriel
  7. Melodiya
  8. The Ghost Ship
  9. Triumph Over Me
  10. Truthsayer
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Added on: July 26, 2018