Build a Problem

dodie - Build a Problem
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2021 Ratings: #217 / 530
User Score
Based on 181 ratings
2021 Ratings: #476
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The Line of Best Fit

Build A Problem indeed finds dodie at her most open and fully realised, building an inward world of startling beauty for longtime fans and newcomers alike to explore.


The minimalism of Dodie's songs gracefully juxtaposes their sophistication, helping to illuminate the many revelatory pop moments that can be heard throughout Build a Problem.

Seeking to lighten the burdens of everyday life, dodie’s affecting style across ‘Build A Problem’ is a salve to soothe widespread worries.
A collection of songs that sharpen the definition of dodie, fleshing out the person and finessing the artistry in one feather-light sweep of whispered vocals, personable songwriting and earworm melodies.
Evening Standard

The darkness and maturity on display here is surprisingly powerful.

Tinged with vulnerability from start to finish, this album feels like a unique product of a unique path.
The Forty-Five
The record doesn’t rewrite her pencilled thoughts, just goes over them in shiny pen. ‘Build A Problem’ follows Dodie’s USP to a tee. To fault it feels like building a problem that doesn’t need to exist.
The folk-inspired artist scatters light and hope through stirring strings and candid songwriting, making even the gloomiest of her thoughts both accessible and relatable.
Although Dodie Clark came to fame for her chatty and intimate viral videos, she proves the exception to the rule about internet stars making terrible music. Her debut studio album spotlights the sparse and self-conscious folk-pop she’s been making for nearly a decade.
The Observer

Featuring sprawling intervals of vocal harmonies and instrumentals, there’s an ambition here beyond mere John Lewis ad-style twee acoustic pop.

Dodeez nutz
Predictable playlist folk pop. Dodie's vocals, for the most part, verge on monotonous. The songs have the same structures and many end before leaving any impression on you.
Dodie's debut album is full of sweet yet chilling melodies. Her vocal performances are consistent and the production is high quality but Dodie's cringe lyrics and the lack of innovation and variation weighs this album down.

FAV: Hate Myself, Special Girl, Sorry, Before the Line, Boys Like You
LEAST FAV: Rainbow
such a sweet album, a little typical and the lyrics aren't very elaborate but it's a good roadtrip listen. each song on this album has a music video (mostly in a car) and i think that's very awesome. it got a little repetitive but if you let yourself sink into the music it really helps you enjoy it more.

favourites: special girl, rainbow, before the line, guiltless
least favourites: hate myself, four tequilas down, ., boys like you
I don't care what people say about this album because for me it has a special value. I've been a dodie fan for quite a while since the announcement of this album. I listened to her music before, but I really got into it after Cool Girl was released (let's stop for a moment and think about how great the music video this song has). It's amazing that about 3-4 years ago I came across her covers with Tessa Violet, and now they both have their debut album behind them.

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Track List

  1. Air So Sweet
  2. Hate Myself
  3. I Kissed Someone (It Wasn’t You)
  4. Cool Girl
  5. Special Girl
  6. Rainbow
  7. ?
  8. Four Tequilas Down
  9. .
  10. Sorry
  11. When
  12. Before The Line
  13. Guiltless
  14. Boys Like You
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Added on: October 19, 2020