AOTY 2018

Working Class Woman

Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #64 / 705
User Score
Based on 100 ratings
2018 Ratings: #308
October 5, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ninja Tune / Label
Tech House / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

Altogether, Working Class Woman is an incredibly cohesive art-house album with a perfect combination of electronic music and spoken word, and if it doesn’t punch through the roof of clubs everywhere at least Davidson will be sorted as a kick-ass life coach.

90
Exclaim!
All filtered through Davidson's signature brand of deadpan humour, this is a hilarious, challenging dance floor record, and you're going to have to take it seriously.
85
Northern Transmissions
Though it certainly comes off abrasive and will appeal to a niche of fans, this is a powerful and poignant record nonetheless.
85
The 405

In a world where there is a progressive necessity of being vocal, regardless of cause-effect, Marie Davidson’s Working Class Woman is a critic of club culture, unconventional dynamics in the music industry and also a tool of self-reflection and incisive banter.

80
AllMusic

With greater emotional depth and sonic clarity than her past recordings, Working Class Woman is an exciting breakthrough for Davidson.

80
The Guardian

Existing at the point where intense focus becomes total nihilism, the unique, funny Working Class Woman depicts Davidson’s fight to resist homogeneity, and the cost of doing so.

80
NOW Magazine

After three solo efforts and several releases with various other projects, the French-Canadian electronic musician is on the ascent. Working Class Woman plugs into the headiness and awkwardness that come with rising from the underground while still hovering on the periphery of notoriety.

80
NME
Davidson’s ‘Working Class Woman’ is smart, intriguing and deserves to be heralded as one of the year’s most inventive releases – Lord knows she’s worked hard enough for it.
80
Resident Advisor

It's a tragicomic pop statement with a radical subtext: just because you're succeeding doesn't mean the system isn't fucked.

78
Pitchfork

Working Class Woman is a bold moves only album where feminist theory and house music are inseparable. If you’re not paying attention, you are going to miss something.

70
Crack Magazine
There’s an urgency to Davidson’s new sound that we haven’t quite heard before. Here’s hoping she goes even deeper next time.
71
Decent. Some noteworthy moments, but this doesn't revolutionize the dancefloor or home listening. Kind of basic tech structures with some deadpan lyrics over them. A few tracks are worth keeping around, like "work it," a functional tech house track with overlaid with cute, clever lyrics, and 'Burn Me,' a looping psychedelic techno bomb. Mostly, though, this is a collection of good-but-not-great niche dance tracks.
ChrisMan
60
This is a strange album that mixes electronic music with spoken words but sadly I don’t think it works the majority of the time. The Electronic parts clash a majority of the time the spoken words. There also is a narrative in their somewhere that I believe is about workaholics and how their lives are.
MasterCrackfox
54
I just wasn't feeling this. I'm not really sure what kind of mood I would have to be in to really get into or appreciate this music, and the quality just wasn't as comparable to other artists making music within this realm.

Favorite track: Day Dreaming
AndrewMoore
64
Competent but not much more. The spoken word sections are obvious and distracting and the music itself is fine but rarely special.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#3/NOW Magazine
#8/Bleep
#14/The Quietus
#31/The Skinny
#36/Loud and Quiet
#73/Noisey
#88/Drift
#100/Fopp

Track List

  1. Your Biggest Fan
  2. Work It
  3. The Psychologist
  4. Lara
  5. Day Dreaming
  6. The Tunnel
  7. Workaholic Paranoid Bitch
  8. So Right
  9. Burn Me
  10. La chambre intérieure
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Added on: September 3, 2018