AOTY 2019

High Expectations

Mabel - High Expectations
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2019 Ratings: #517 / 604
User Score
Based on 90 ratings
2019 Ratings: #962
August 2, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor / Label
R&B, Dance Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Dork

She’s released a fresh body of work that stands up with the best of her output. It isn’t perfect, but it certainly lives up to expectations, no matter how high.

80
musicOMH

As a debut album it goes over well, with a convincing display of versatility and quality songwriting that firmly establishes Mabel as a force to be reckoned with in UK pop.

60
The Guardian

As it is, you’re left with a solid, well-made pop album that occasionally hints its maker might be more interesting and individual.

60
The Skinny

Despite some over-zealous Top 40 attempts, High Expectations is a well-rounded pop record.

60
NME

‘High Expectations’ is a solid album, with some extraordinarily good pop songs on it, yet it feels like something’s missing.

60
The Observer

Ultimately, High Expectations trades in well-appointed, British-tilting genericness that ticks Spotify playlist boxes, promising party vibes and availability, then wallowing in non-specific romantic dismay.

MariellyAkarius
42
After a decent record, released in 2017, Dua Lipa gave us a weak follow-up album, this record sounds like a Spotify playlist and it’s not that catchy, there’s a lot o songs that sounds like what she’s done before (Don’t Call Me Up is New Rules 2.0). such a huge letdown
usedtobe
68
Decent pop effort from an artist I quietly admired a few years back. This one has a long winded run time for a pop album (clocking in at almost an hour) that overstays its welcome. Few solid tracks here, specially the singles, but overall, this doesn't live to what the record title is going for.
dumbmoonlight
55
- It is her first full studio album, Diego. Be nice.
- THIS IS LIKE TIFFANY YOUNG + HYUNA BUT ON CRACK
- diego nO

Oh, hey. "Lucky (Interlude)" is nice.
And "Ring Ring" too, if you're someone who enjoys what I call "marketing pop". You know what it means.
goncalocouto
70
too safe but i live for her
estevancomn
59
This record should be called LOW EXPECTATIONS to let people know there's nothing interesting on it. Mabel's debut album is similar to another 101 records by 2010's pop girlies like Dua Lipa, MØ, Zara Larsson, Anne-Marie, etc... Besides that, the concept is pretty much confusing, those interludes seem lost and meaningless, also the songwriting is basic and superficial. In other words: Forgettable!

Favorite tracks: Bad Behaviour, Don't Call Me Up and We Don't Say...
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Track List

  1. High Expectations
  2. Bad Behaviour
  3. Don't Call Me Up
  4. FML
  5. We Don't Say...
  6. Selfish Love (feat. Kamille)
  7. Lucky
  8. Mad Love
  9. Trouble
  10. Put Your Name on It
  11. Stckhlm Syndrome
  12. OK (Anxiety Anthem)
  13. I Belong to Me
  14. High Expectations
  15. Finders Keepers (feat. Kojo Funds)
  16. Fine Line
  17. My Lover
  18. Ring Ring (feat. Rich The Kid)
  19. Cigarette
  20. Not Sayin'
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