Super Monster

Claud - Super Monster
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2021 Ratings: #42 / 234
User Score
Based on 285 ratings
2021 Ratings: #224
Liked by 16 people
February 12, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Saddest Factory, Dead Oceans / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Dork

Claud can do it all and ‘Super Monster’ is the realisation of a long appreciated yet underrated musical talent flourishing.

90
The Line of Best Fit

The unique identity in each one of the 13 tracks is what makes it such a terrific and arresting listen.

90
Clash

Avoiding easy cliches that exist in this universal experience, Claud brings humour and light to what could have easily been a reproduction of any Adele album.

83
Consequence of Sound

There’s a level of introspection present on the record that’s hard to duplicate, and when coupled with a stunning exploration of queer relationships, it creates something truly extraordinary.

80
Exclaim!

The album is a roadmap for anyone hoping to keep to open the bedroom door to the world outside without losing the gauzy comfort of home.

80
Loud and Quiet

Despite the rather rarefied environment in which it was made, the best thing about Super Monster is how relatable it is.

80
NME

Instrumentally and stylistically, ‘Super Monster’ is true to the all-embracing ethos of bedroom pop, with Claud pulling from a wide arsenal of sounds to flit between genre boundaries.

80
The Forty-Five

‘Super Monster’ slips a doorstop under every pop genre, keeping all ways open.

80
Crack Magazine

Bittersweet and brightly melodic, with Super Monster Claud has created a universe every bit as vivid as its Daniel Johnston-inspired artwork.

75
Under The Radar

Perhaps the only minor quibble might be that 10 songs could have made the album sound a little tighter, but all in all Super Monster is undoubtedly an impressive debut from an immensely talented singer/songwriter.

74
Beats Per Minute

Claud offers up genuine insights throughout Super Monster, ones that are rooted in a strong sense of self and identity

70
Gigwise

There’s refreshing originality on Super Monster. Its analysis of love is neither angry nor sentimental but more of an assessment: a study in the intricacies of romance, if you will.

70
DIY

While there could be a little more individuality on show to elevate Claud to their contemporaries’ level, ‘Super Monster’ shows promise of a burgeoning artist finding their own voice.

60
AllMusic

Ultimately landing like a skill set in progress more than an artist fully formed, Super Monster is nevertheless sweet and full of winsome promise.

BGL13
58
clairo but without the things that made clairo unique
Case
75
I first heard of Claud through Phoebe Bridgers, as Claud is signed to Phoebe Bridgers’s label “Saddest Factory”. I was excited to check this out and I’m really glad I did.

Super Monster can be a little standard for this bedroom pop sound, but it makes up for it with good songwriting. These songs on here are incredibly catchy and infectious and the hooks stay in your head. The production is solid, even though I think it could be a little more adventurous, and ... read more
MickyT
66
It may not be the most original piece of Indie Pop but for what it is it's pretty solid.
musicmagpie55
74
While this album sounds like it could have come out at any time in the last five years, Claud manages to have some sharp melodies and clever lyrics to keep the album feeling too stuck in the 2010s. Claud approaches gender as something relational that they can manipulate and change depending on the situation. This leads to some playful and personal music that manages to be humorous and heartfelt without losing the productive balance between the two. While embracing a variety of different sounds, ... read more
apotofstu
60
Congrats to Phoebe and the rest of the Saddest Factory crew on their first official release! Here's to many, many more.

Overall, Super Monster is a cute little indie pop moment, but the biggest issue is that it feels indistinguishable from other releases in the genre. Nevertheless, what's enjoyable here is *REALLY* enjoyable to listen to; Claud's voice is pleasant on the ears, the production on tracks like 'Cuff Your Jeans' & 'Guard Down' is engaging, and the songwriting on tracks like ... read more
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Track List

  1. Overnight
  2. Gold
  3. Soft Spot
  4. In Or In-Between
  5. Cuff Your Jeans
  6. Ana (feat. Nick Hakim)
  7. Guard Down
  8. This Town
  9. Jordan
  10. That's Mr. Bitch To You (feat. Melanie Faye)
  11. Pepsi
  12. Rocks At Your Window
  13. Falling With the Rain (feat. Shelly)
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