Superstar

Caroline Rose - Superstar
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2020 Ratings: #218 / 501
User Score
Based on 277 ratings
2020 Ratings: #243
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March 6, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
New West / Label
Indie Pop, Synthpop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

Rose shines a disco light on shame, lets panic leap into a bouncing gait that's faked-till-it's-made. And though she masterfully wields the absurdity of hubris, she also doesn't ridicule what she finds.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Caroline Rose’s sophomore album reads like a novel, with a layered story of luck, fate, self-love, obstacles and the relentless pursuit of things you want in life.

90
AllMusic

Thankfully, Rose welcomes ambiguity in her songs, letting her lyrics cut against the sleek throb of her music.

89
Paste

Superstar proves itself a tightly knit satire of celebrity, effective thanks to Rose’s sharp storytelling and her calculated use of distortion, which highlights the artificial quality of the protagonist’s new surroundings.

80
PopMatters

Caroline Rose's Superstar is often quite grand in a DIY-kind of way. Think of 1980s era MTV rock performed on a Casio keyboard with a sampler in your bedroom as recreated on modern technology.

80
Albumism

Superstar is full-contact pop music: percussive, bouncing, and passionate. It’s designed to loosen you up. If Rose was ever holding on, she let go long ago.

80
Under The Radar

An ambitious album that is one part a swaggering come-up story and one part reflective vulnerability. Rose marries these elements with her magnetic style, and the result is unmistakably her own.

74
Sputnikmusic

There’s nothing wrong with hearing these well-written songs, packed with sashaying grooves and wobbly synths, but by the mid-section of the record there is a definite sagging point, and the album doesn’t feel as effortless to listen to as Loner did.

70
musicOMH

Superstar doesn’t quite hit the heights of its predecessor – at times, it feels like the whole concept of the album’s theme is getting in the way of creating a fully flowing album. When it works though, there’s enough evidence that Rose is still very much a superstar herself.

70
Rolling Stone

Superstar is an insular work, the product of several years of obsessive self-producing and home recording from Rose, and as such, it establishes the songwriter as a commanding auteur.

67
Pitchfork

The New York songwriter’s fourth album sacrifices spontaneity for the sake of a character-driven concept, but her sense of humor remains as strong as ever.

65
Spectrum Culture

In her exploration of pop stardom and the search for Hollywood highs, Rose does more to create a big art piece than she does to create disposable pop.

60
Loud and Quiet

Superstar sees her sticking with the red, the glittery synthesisers and the nods to R’n’B, soul and pop regardless, but via what seems to be the record’s self-inspired anti-hero.

40
DIY

Although ‘Superstar’ certainly reaches for the stars in its slick production, her wit doesn’t sparkle as strongly, and its theme of an awkward outsider trying to chase success feels a little too close to home.

Doublez
74
It's been a while since I've found an album that's so much fun to listen to. Superstar is a real vitamin recharge, but not only that, it also has a subtlety and depth that's pleasant to explore despite its deceptive aesthetic.

Musically Superstar shows enough difference, it touches on a few basics that we found on the good first LONER album, but it remains much more synthpop and more electric. What also characterizes this album is Caroline's "character" which is played to ... read more
N0stalgia
70
Superstar' is a more than worthy follow up to 2018's 'Loner' and it does a more than good enough job at carrying the torch from that album. Stylistically it follows a similar pattern but on 'Superstar' Rose seems more focused on the style of the album as one cohesive unit. The stand out here is easily the production, it's really quite something to behold but that's not to say that Caroline Rose doesn't keep up with her vocal performances because she certainly does. All around its just a fun, ... read more
MasterCrackfox
76
On her sophomore album LONER, Caroline Rose dumped a ton of fun and wit onto the listener with consistently enjoyable indie rock hits. When it comes to Superstar, it’s as though someone took a bucket of 80s-laced synthesizer and another bucket of Madonna inspiration and added that to the concoction. It’s by no means an outlandish direction for Rose to take, and it certainly gives her a new sleek direction.

Superstar, given its distinct shift, comes with an obvious benefit but one ... read more
Plats
83
Passionate, funny and introspective, "Superstar" is a fun and enjoyable album. Her vocals, while not the greatest, are solid, the pacing is good and the songwriting is great. The album also benefits from having some of the best production of the year, with lots of excellently-placed synthesizers adding to the already amazing engineering on display.

Fav Tracks: Do You Think We'll Last Forever?, Back to the Beginning, Nothing's Impossible, Feel the Way I Want, Pipe Dream, Got to Go My ... read more
dumbmoonlight
75
I'll tell ya: Caroline Rose would be a HUGE pop star in Brazil if she was born in here. Her groovy style and catchy instrumentals are really interesting and would catch easy eyes, even if still not my thing. Kid Abelha had its time with songs similar to "Do You Think We’ll Last Forever?", even while being our own version of Roxette. "Superstar" is not such exclusive, one-time record, but it shows much of the artist's potential, with great but not so valued tracks such ... read more
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Track List

  1. Nothing’s Impossible
  2. Got to Go My Own Way
  3. Do You Think We’ll Last Forever?
  4. Feelings Are a Thing of the Past
  5. Feel the Way I Want
  6. Freak Like Me
  7. Someone New
  8. Pipe Dreams
  9. Command Z
  10. Back at the Beginning
  11. I Took a Ride
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Added on: January 7, 2020