Copycat Killer

Phoebe Bridgers - Copycat Killer
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Based on 248 ratings
2020 Ratings: #317
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Rarely does a remix EP recalibrate songs so thoroughly while maintaining every inch of their magic, but we should expect the unexpected from Phoebe Bridgers by now.

This EP is a gorgeous rearrangement of her songs, but it adds little dimension to the world of Punisher. Phoebe Bridgers fans will love how these versions highlight her voice and reconstruct some of her most beloved hits –unfortunately, it also reconstructs some misses.

The Line of Best Fit
Like approaching a work of art from multiple angles, there is plenty to be gained from this novel lens on Punisher's fatalistic fairytales.
Beats Per Minute

Bridgers’ EP both evoked an emotional response in me and fit the setting I was in – and this is more than enough to make Copycat Killer a noteworthy standalone release.


Copycat Killer is an unexpectedly clumsy release and often fails to spotlight the subtitles that brought its tracklist close to excellence.

I still dont know who this is
I honestly don't get why the community isn't that big on this? It's a genuinely beautiful set of 4 reworks that aren't groundbreaking but they signify a moment of change, a continental drift from her old sound?

Maybe, but Rob Moose (who has production credits for a variety of brilliant artists including Moses Sumney, Bon Iver, Laura Marling, Jay-Z, Sufjan Stevens, etc.) does a fantastic job with his layouts and sound design here.

However, my central gripe with "Copycat Killer" is ... read more
Punisher is possibly my favorite album of the year, so hearing we would get orchestral versions had me excited. And while I obviously prefer the original versions, I admire the different take and aesthetic these versions give to the songs, even if they don’t always work and sound a bit awkward.

Fav Tracks: Kyoto, Chinese Satellite

Least Fav Tracks: Savior Complex
Punisher was one of my favorite albums of the year and this string-backed reimagining of several of the songs from that record is not something that I was expecting, but it is something I am welcoming with open arms!

I obviously heavily prefer the original renditions, but these still definitely hold their own.
A good side piece to Punisher, the use of orchestras and violins gives another emotional side to the songs mainly "Kyoto" which was the most energetic of the original project. This EP despite not bringing the same excellence as the album, brings original and creative versions of the songs that combine together in a cohesive and captivating way
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Added on: November 10, 2020