AOTY 2018

Phoenix

Rita Ora - Phoenix
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #318 / 706
User Score
Based on 93 ratings
2018 Ratings: #601
November 23, 2018 / Release Date
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Atlantic / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

Considering for a moment that a second album's existence was in limbo for years, Phoenix could have opted to coast by on its harrowing backstory alone. And still, Ora delivered a confident pop gem that stands tall on its own.

80
The Independent

For the most part ... Phoenix is worth the wait – whether you were doing so with indifference or bated breath.

80
Clash
The album - which comes after numerous setbacks as far as label and producers are concerned - is a nostalgic yet refreshing collection of songs that oscillates seamlessly between upbeat pop offerings to raw pieces which showcases the 27-year-old’s songwriting skills.
80
NME

Largely ... Rita Ora’s album is everything you’d want it to be: endlessly fun, stuffed full of brilliantly left-field production and ear-worm choruses.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Ultimately, Phoenix is not so much a comeback record as it is the sound of an artist who’s always persevered.

60
The Observer

Buoyant and gleaming, Phoenix bubbles with soaring, EDM-lite beats and Ora’s wispy-powerful vocals – albeit with generic lyrics about love and fame.

Tsareena
60
Disappointing in general. None of her personality shows on any of this. the vocals aren't that good or demanding and the production is generally dated or empty. The Phoenix theme is nowhere to be seen either. My favorite tracks are Lonely Together and Your Song since they actually had energy to them compared to the rest of the album
the13thbeach
67
I honestly didn't have high expectations for Phoenix. Rita Ora's the kind of pop star that's somehow ubiquitous despite me being unable to recall one of her solo songs prior to today. I only knew her from her spot on "Black Widow" by the disgraced Iggy Azalea, which happens to be Rita's only real hit here in the US. Furthermore, a lot of releases by pop artists I love, respect, and/or was hyped for let me down. If pop royalty like Kylie Minogue, Beyoncé, and Christina Aguilera ... read more
MalArken
75
(original rating - 79)

After a six year wait, Rita Ora has released 'Phoenix' which is by far her best work. This record is a great example of an artist realizing their flaws, and learning from them. Although boring at points, Almost every track from this LP is above average for a pop artist, and I think Ora really put her best into making it.

No, I don't think this is a breakthrough point in her career, and no, I don't think this anything from this LP is revolutionary or never-seen-before. ... read more
buttholewasabi
70
A solid album front to back. Some tracks more boring and underwhelming than others but the tracks that are great are super catchy and have amazing melodies. Nothing ground breaking obviously, but the production is great. If you’re looking for a new straight forward pop album this is a good one to try out.
moxori
57
I just wish she wasn't that into generic pop and actually experimented more with sounds. This album to me is nothing exciting at all... but there's still catchy songs on here, sadly most of them are the ones we've heard before the release of Phoenix.

faves: anywhere, new look, girls, cashmere
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END OF YEAR LISTS

/The Times

MISC LISTS

#14/Rolling Stone (Pop)

Track List

  1. Anywhere
  2. Let You Love Me
  3. New Look
  4. Lonely Together (feat. Avicii)
  5. Your Song
  6. Only Want You
  7. First Time High
  8. For You (Fifty Shades Freed)
  9. Summer Love
  10. Girls (feat. Cardi B, Bebe Rexha & Charli XCX)
  11. Keep Talking (feat. Julia Michaels)
  12. Hell Of A Life
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Added on: September 21, 2018