Compliments Please

Self Esteem - Compliments Please
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2019 Ratings: #91 / 631
User Score
Based on 104 ratings
2019 Ratings: #807
March 1, 2019 / Release Date
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The Line of Best Fit

Her love of hip hop is imbued in the very core of Compliments Please, shirking much of the folkish arrangements of Slow Club for a sound far bolder, and at 16 tracks strong it is clear that Taylor is not short of ideas.

God Is in the TV

At 16 tracks there’s some filler but even with three interludes, Compliments Please is stunning. They serve to add drama and split the record into three acts: the opening and most direct third, a statement of intent. The second, the experimental phase. The third and final act is a wind-down for the album.

The Skinny

Vocally and lyrically charged, Self Esteem’s debut is one that takes several paths in its journey, revealing Rebecca Taylor as a remarkable vocalist and a powerful lyricist.


These songs have been a long time coming in Taylor’s mind. The manner in which she’s so able to channel vulnerabilities into tools for her advantage is a real strength. To paraphrase Taylor’s own words, no one is going to mess with her now.


From a project titled Self Esteem, ‘Compliments Please’ may sound like another statement of insecurity. To think this is to miss the point - turn it on its head, and the title becomes a stamp of assurance - you WILL love this record, and you will give it the respect it deserves.

The Guardian

The debut album by Self Esteem – AKA Rebecca Taylor, formerly of Slow Club – finds her translating some compellingly unflattering lyrics about her actions during a break-up into wild, ambitious pop that’s a million miles from her old band’s steady descent into Radio 2 pleasantries.

Loud and Quiet

Offering an exhaustive catalogue of romantic disappointments and dramatic feelings, ‘Compliments Please’ is about as subtle as it sounds. But then that’s precisely the point.

Decent electropop. That last track is SUPER jarring however, and really doesn't fit with the rest of the track listing.
When are we going to have a new Slow Club record?
I totally respect this project but for me it sounds unpolished. The interludes we're a mess and the tracks didn't stand out, at least in a good way. Some vocals and instrumental constructions sounded off and weird most part of the time, but it's very explicit that the singer was trying really hard to make it happen. The artwork is pretty atractive tho.
(Feelings) - 90
The Best - 89
Steady I Stand - 96
Girl Crush - 98
Favourite Problem - 98
(Hobbies) - 90
I’m Shy - 93
Peach You Had to Pick - 88
In Time - 85
Monster - 80
Actors - 90
Wrestling - 95
(Truly Free) - 90
She Reigns - 80
Rollout - 89
On the Edge of Another One - 85

Média das faixas: 89 | Nota do álbum: 80 | Média Final: 84
Yeah, too long too samey. Monster and in time are good cuts.
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Track List

  1. (Feelings)
  2. The Best
  3. Steady I Stand
  4. Girl Crush
  5. Favourite Problem
  6. (Hobbies)
  7. I'm Shy
  8. Peach You Had to Pick
  9. In Time
  10. Monster
  11. Actors
  12. Wrestling
  13. (Truly Free)
  14. She Reigns
  15. Rollout
  16. On the Edge of Another One
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