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90
Clash
‘PANG’ marks the beginning of a new chapter and confirms its position as one of the most singular, captivating records of the year.
90
AllMusic

With 2019's Pang, her first album released under her own name, Polachek further distills her approach with a collection of deeply emotive songs that showcase her delicate vocals and intricate pop sensibilities.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Pang is a remarkable debut album assured of its legitimacy and brilliance, one that should be celebrated for its shimmering beauty and the success of its authorial intent.

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

Polachek’s range, her penchant for leaving her gasps and deep breaths in her vocal tracks, her carefully thought-over phrasing — these tie Pang together into one very earwormy book of spells.

90
Northern Transmissions

Whereas Arcadia and Drawing the Target felt like experiments, in theatrical pop and minimal synth, respectively, Pang has arrived fully-formed. It is sometimes symphonic and operatic, sometimes poppy and danceable, and wholly arresting.

80
DIY
She’s built a distinctively personal voice, unafraid to show vulnerability through a powerful and original sound.
80
Q Magazine
More of these slinky, emotional outpourings please.
80
The Young Folks

Pang introduces itself a little too quietly to be completely satisfying. However, once you give the album some time and understand its singular rhythms, there are treasures to be found there.

80
The 405

The former Chairlift singer maintains her creative synth-based pop proclivities, but opens up her personal life in more gut-punching ways than we've heard from Polachek before.

80
The Needle Drop

It's hard to deny just how sweet, cleanly produced, and fantastical the bulk of Pang is.

80
Paste

An immense, nearly overwhelming spaciousness takes over Pang, which is intricately produced and layered with resplendent, crystalline trinkets of noise and sound unspooling around Polachek, whose vocals, immaculate and exacting, are amplified and crushed by reverb and vocoder.

80
The Guardian

Overall, Pang is a vivid and melodious portrait of a restless heart.

80
Exclaim!
It is great to see Caroline Polachek giving a go at being an independent pop artist, and this album makes it feasible that she one day becomes a household name in the genre.
80
NME
Bold and brazen – a yearning pang in sonic form – this album is a concentration of Polachek’s previous releases. She’s combined the joy of Chairlift, the atmospheric mastery of Ramona Lisa and the experimentalism of CEP. The result is a Caroline Polachek record in its most distilled and fully realised form.
73
Pitchfork
The former Chairlift singer-songwriter centers her sweeping solo debut on her powerful voice, crafting love songs about the moment of surrender, the pain preceding it, and the euphoria after.
70
No Ripcord

Best listened to sad and lonely in your bedroom, Pang is the perfect dance album for smart and sensitive boys and girls after their day’s journaling are done.

60
The Observer

Polachek remains too much of a class act, a little too wedded to conventional beauty on songs like Look At Me Now, to really take her pop to the bleeding edge.

exception
91

After finally giving this album the attention and time it deserves, I have concluded it to be my favorite album of 2019 this far. Not even close.
If PANG were a museum exhibit, it would be one large room with one central piece, Caroline's vocals. While the vocal centerpiece is impressive on its own, it's beauty is accentuated by the lush production throughout the album's runtime, which would act as the lighting for the exhibit, showing the piece's curves and imperfections, but ultimately ... read more

usedtobe
97

It all started with an iPod Nano advert. What was just a experimental pop group formed during her art school days in 2006, Caroline Polachek is built to become a pop star, or more. The front woman of now disbanded indie pop act Chairlift and side projects (Ramona Lisa and CEP), she finally came through a debut brimming with daring and defiant work of refreshing proportions with her distinctive vocal style and contemporary kind of pop experimentation that shines through the half hour run-time. ... read more

musicmagpie55
91

Caroline Polachek has a distinct fingerprint in the pop world. She is a presence that has always added to a project rather than distract. She knows her voice well and wields it like a master swordsman. On Pang, Polachek is exposed and vulnerable. She narrates her insecurities through songs that bend reality into new and fantastic shapes. She escapes her nightmares through bright melodies and delectable bops. As someone who allows insidious doubts to fill my head, Polachek's debut is a friendly ... read more

pahcy
78

A heavily nostalgic focused record with beautiful vocals and intriguing percussion.

Flo_98
78

Compared to her most recent singles, most of these songs seem somewhat introverter and less spectacular. The production is crisp, but these are not the easiest songs to put in your playlists.

Favourites: So Hot, Door

Diegocar17
84

This is a sweet album. The songs and hooks feel very creative to me, Each of them offers something fresh and different to the listening experience. All the songs seem to be so carefully produced, I love that.

The album starts pretty strong with the catchy "Pang", and that sort of afrobeat at the end of the song sounds amazing. "New Normal" was one of my favorites. I like how every verse has a different sound to it. The song "Hit Me Where It Hurts" is an amazing ... read more

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Track List

1The Gate
1:42
81
2Pang
3:33
88
3New Normal
2:34
81
4Hit Me Where It Hurts
3:04
91
5I Give Up
3:06
85
6Look At Me Now
3:03
87
7Insomnia
3:14
82
8Ocean of Tears
3:24
91
9Hey Big Eyes
3:54
84
10Go As a Dream
3:27
84
11Caroline Shut Up
3:32
86
12So Hot You're Hurting My Feelings
3:03
95
13Door
5:22
94
14Parachute
3:32
85
Total Length: 46 minutes
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Added on: July 24, 2019