Clairo - Sling
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2021 Ratings: #86 / 512
User Score
2021 Ratings: #78
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME

Both musically and lyrically, this is Clairo doing what she does best – crafting gorgeous jewels that help you make sense of your own world, one step at a time.

95
Northern Transmissions
Sling teems with precise moments you’ve never been able to describe, but you’re just elated that someone can ground these feelings that have always seemed esoteric and abstract.
91
A.V. Club

Cottrill delivers her most innately beautiful and well-orchestrated album yet, co-producing Sling with one of contemporary pop’s most prominent producers, Jack Antonoff.

90
The Line of Best Fit

While the cosy acoustic folk of Sling is indebted to her influences — Joni Mitchell, Carole King, the Carpenters — Cottrill makes it wholly her own; it’s the perfect habitat for her introspection.

90
Clash

Moving on from the playful, DIY era of ‘Immunity’, Clairo is clearer now on who she is and who she wants to be.

90
Gigwise
Sling shows a more mature Clairo, displaying clear artistic growth and suggesting that the 22-year-old is becoming a real force to be reckoned with.
90
DIY

Stoic and serene, ‘Sling’ is a brave new chapter that introduces a Clairo transformed.

80
Evening Standard

She sounds mature and ambitious, but also like she’s back in that bedroom, holding her songs up to your ear with the lightest touch.

80
The Forty-Five

The album reveals more of itself with each spin, like a shyly flamboyant bird. Little changes make themselves known – choppy jazz, creaking acoustics, the kind of piano confessionals heard in an after-hours bar – and the small-scale hops reflect the album’s gentle yet bold leap forward.

80
Rolling Stone

At its heart, Sling is a record about simultaneously embracing and remaining horrified by the responsibilities and realities of growing up.

80
Dork
Subtle but powerful, ‘Sling’ is an album born of love and care. A slow-burner, sure, but one that will last the distance.
80
FLOOD Magazine

Overall, Sling is an album borne from a long year of reflective home recordings with an artist taking her next steps forward in a new direction.

80
Sputnikmusic

Sling might lack the immediacy of its predecessor, but this particular work means so much more.

80
The Observer

Lavish arrangements and assorted musings converge on Claire Cottrill’s intimate second album.

80
Under The Radar

As Sling unfurls each new intimate detail, the album freely offers that same welcoming refuge to any who desire it, inviting each listener into the world of Clairo’s quiet reprieve.

80
The Young Folks

Sling—while ultimately releasing mid-summer—presents a more melancholic side of Clairo that will undoubtedly gain momentum as we approach the autumn months.

78
Beats Per Minute

Sling is an intimate, tender heart-to-heart where muted confessions finally have their day.

74
Pitchfork

On her second album, reluctant Gen Z ambassador Clairo turns back the clock, embracing classic touchstones of 1970s folk.

70
Loud and Quiet

Cottrill’s lyrics are as tender and earnest as ever, and on the whole, Sling’s ornate arrangements complement this, though at times the theatricality of the production seems to overwhelm their simplicity.

70
AllMusic

While melodies are largely stagnant on Sling, and lyrics swing between grievance and self-realization, the album's ruminative internal atmospheres are its defining -- and likely haunting -- strength

70
Exclaim!

After years spent developing in the public eye, Sling feels like an arrival — it's the clearest distillation of Clairo's voice yet, a record both about and born of self-discovery .

70
Crack Magazine
You could call it a coming-of-age album, but even that feels reductive. Instead, it’s a coming-to-terms album, a focused portrait of a young woman who is finally choosing to treat herself with the generosity that she reserves for those she cares for.
70
The Needle Drop

Clairo displays considerable growth as a songwriter since Immunity on Sling.

68
Paste

While setting Sling next to Immunity proves Cottrill has more than one pitch in her arsenal, it turns out her curveball is the one that’s most dazzling. Here’s hoping she makes an album full of them someday.

60
musicOMH

Is anything particularly memorable? No, but the vibe is nice.

60
Slant Magazine

Sling is less commercial than Clairo’s debut, but it’s also more thematically and musically myopic.

Doublez
81
Sling is a proof of maturity for Clairo, it is also a delicious adventure to be consumed without moderation. This new album delivers an almost impeccable instrumentation, where the singer puts her angelic voice and her writing in ideal conditions.

Clairo Cottrill is the kind of Singer-Songwriter/Musician artist in the air of time who illustrates herself perfectly by her journey as admirable as fascinating. The singer with the soft, tender voice, know
n for her dreamy instrumentation is the ... read more
MattsReviews
80
A stripped back, stunningly serene, astonishingly powerful project like Clairo’s sophomore effort, “Sling” is something to not skip over and to take note of as it surprisingly enough became one of my favorite projects of the year.

If you were to be asked about an artist that has been overlooked as a “industry plant” or mediocre artist, you may think of a lot of other singer-songwriters from entertainment over the years, but the artist that comes to my mind ... read more
jxshmccabe
92
i cried. i don’t cry at anything. that should tell you all.

harbor.
Case
80
What a beautiful album.

This is my first time listening to a Clairo project, and while I do think this is really good on first listen, I definitely need more time to sit with it because I know this is the kinda album that will definitely grow on me with each listen. The songwriting is great though, and so is the production from Jack Antonoff. Will definitely edit this with more thoughts soon.
TomBejoy
76
water the industry plant with good production but you only reap what you sow and the water flows along it's course while the plant withers away and then the fact that the plant is a fruit of the indsustry alone is a reason to not give it the necessary water to grow even though it's packaged in an accessible package for mainstream market consumers however a plant is a plant and the fact that clairo is a plant trying to act human itself is a sign of the waning quality in the music industry and I ... read more
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Added on: June 11, 2021