Cape God

Allie X - Cape God
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #357 / 622
User Score
Based on 536 ratings
2020 Ratings: #266
Liked by 17 people
February 21, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

Cape God does such justice to the patented Allie X sound, refining and mastering it to the extent that it makes all that came before it feel like a proof-of-concept for this project.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Cape God is an album undeniably made by a woman truly forging her own path however she sees fit.

80
musicOMH

It has that debut’s charm and nous, but with an extra confidence that often comes with second albums. It also confirms Allie X as one of the year’s most intriguing pop stars.

80
AllMusic

These songs may sound fun, upbeat, and lovelorn, but there's a dour and utterly realistic undercurrent that makes Cape God Allie X's most relatable and human effort to date.

80
Q Magazine

Cape God might be an awful place to visit, but the tunes are great.

70
Spectrum Culture

On her new studio album Cape God, the indie pop queen turns inward to make some of her most honest music to date—in a way that is distinctly and deliciously Allie X.

68
Pitchfork

The sad world of Cape God is an alluring one, and Hughes’ vocal range is its unequivocal linchpin.

60
NOW Magazine

The album is both challenging and rewarding.

50
DIY

There are undeniably beautiful and anthemic moments here, but on the whole it falls short.

Doublez
68
Hmm... I really feel like I'm kind of the only one who thinks this album isn't so extraordinary.

First of all I would like to say that I expected a lot more from this album and from Allie X in general, especially after what she proved on these last 2 seductive projects. Since those beginnings, she has always intended to make an ambitious electro pop music, both artistically and commercially, which has allowed her to create a loyal and numerous fan base. On Cape God, she continued her ... read more
Tsareena
89
Allie X's 4th project is definitely her most personal to date. Most of the tracks draw from memories growing up: being a loner, missing friends and being diagnosed with a serious illness as a kid but she's able to close out the trip down memory lane with an optimistic song in "Learning in Public". It's still a fun synth pop album on the surface with more subdued production than we're used to seeing from her but more direct writing. Great vocals and melodies as well. Mitski also killed ... read more
snowman
50
Cape God goes from heart-felt tunes about loneliness and missing out on childhood due to chronic illness; to almost obnoxious party bangers. There is a random song about heroin (yeah idk either). Allie X sure knows how to make catchy tracks with really infectious melodies. Its really unknown how involved she is in the songwriting process and a lot of these choruses are very focus grouped and basic. This record has something for everyone, I guarantee you will find at least 3 tracks you vibe with ... read more
laz456
45
Kinda feels like she lost her edge on this album. Nothing really interesting left to my ears.
musicmagpie55
50
Allie X writes pop music so well that it comes off as bland. 'Suzie Save Your Love' has a definitive Mitski stamp which adds a welcome flavor to the music, the gentle queer politics of that song are pretty great. I wish the whole album could have played with pop styles a little more. I still like Allie X and want her to succeed; she just has to keep pushing the envelope past redundant pop.
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Track List

  1. Fresh Laundry
  2. Devil I Know
  3. Regulars
  4. Sarah Come Home
  5. Rings a Bell
  6. June Gloom
  7. Love Me Wrong
  8. Super Duper Party People
  9. Susie Save Your Love
  10. Life of the Party
  11. Madame X
  12. Learning in Public
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Added on: December 20, 2019