AOTY 2018

PRODUCT

SOPHIE - PRODUCT
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2015 Ratings: #204 / 770
User Score
Based on 182 ratings
2015 Ratings: #117
November 27, 2015 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Tiny Mix Tapes

SOPHIE’S PRODUCT relies on amiable, nonchalant, subconscious confusion.

92
Resident Advisor

Without the cultural rhetoric and the over-the-top marketing and the conspiracy theories and the mainstream attention in the mix, Product is simply forward-thinking, flawlessly-produced electronic music that wants no more than to slap a grin on the dance floor.

90
Spin

To say that PRODUCT leaves you wanting more is an understatement, beginning and ending with EDM you can’t dance to, building and toppling all kinds of aural Legos in between.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Product streamlines this vision into a singular "product" that although is not an essential purchase, is still essential listening.

80
Exclaim!

There's something threatening about the manic energy of SOPHIE's music, and it adds a layer of intrigue to the songs on Product.

80
PopMatters

It’s also the London producer’s first test at showcasing his ability to hold the listener’s attention for more than a few minutes. And, in this matter, it succeeds immensely.

80
AllMusic

Though these songs were released over the course of 18 months, Product holds together remarkably well as it captures SOPHIE's instantly addictive, ever-evolving reimagining of pop music.

80
NME
This is club music that’s more art-school than street, and sometimes you find yourself marveling at its audacity.
80
The Needle Drop
Sophie compiles his biggest singles from the past year or so into one sharp comp!
75
Pretty Much Amazing

The bottom line is this: Product is a great album, even though it isn't exactly surprisingly great. Many of Sophie’s best tracks, come to find out, are the ones we’ve heard since 2013.

75
Under The Radar
A bubblegum blowing onslaught of songs old and new, this singles collections is a brilliant mélange of style and substance. More thrills are, surely, on their way.
70
No Ripcord

PRODUCT is truly what you make of it - both highly addictive and somewhat unfinished, it leaves a good amount of open space for the listener to construct a set of vivid, imaginary images into something personal, even meaningful.

68
Northern Transmissions

... Product could be seen as an exploration of commercialism. Alternately, it could just be that SOPHIE is having some extremely well-rounded fun. Like the music it delivers, the intent of Product is blurry.

67
Consequence of Sound
It’s as strange a release as we’re likely to get from electronic music’s button-pushers this year.
66
Pitchfork

Heard individually and spaced many months apart, the best tracks here were diamond-hard realizations of very specific sonic ideas; placed on an album alongside songs that use similar ingredients but are markedly inferior, they rattle around in the can, perfect objects in search of the right container.

40
The Guardian
These are great songs that raise the question: if Sophie can do this, why does he bother doing all the other stuff? Why waste your time with all the knackered posturing, the tee-hee-it’s-meant-to-be-annoying irony, the trite stuff about pop’s relationship to consumerism, a topic about which he clearly has absolutely nothing novel or interesting to say?
40
Crack Magazine
Most of the notable tracks have been in circulation for long enough to sound tired, and anything new is cut from a tone now so burdened by commentary and analysis it’s effectively boring.
BuffaloStaple
82
Imo we need more electronic producers like this, because I think SOPHIE is doing something very unique with the electronic genre. Whilst i'm not always in the mood for this album, it's definitely one of the most creative electronic projects i've heard in some time.
Pitchkrof
90
holy fucking shit i should stop doing cocaine
liammenzies
78
While some tracks are too rough in that conventional SOPHIE way which results in the quality being detracted, PRODUCT makes me weirdly emotional in a way I never anticipated: BIPP may be one of the most compelling electronic songs I've heard, a weirdly human song despite the artificialness of every other component and something like Lemonade or MSMSMSM are undoubtedly bops.
exception
80
a really refreshing and original electronic album that grabbed my attention on the first track. sophie created some awesome beats, really special and upbeat. the singers werent really anything special, but they added character. lemonade was an almost euphoric track that was really a standout, with it's bubbly production and odd vocals. there are some points on this LP that arent too great and could use some fine tuning, but overall a very fun and revitalizing record.
fav tracks: lemonade, ... read more
InModeration
80
Product is a really fun set of tracks that actually pretty easy listening for something this experimental. The super glitzy mixing and the really quirky beats make this album so unique.

Lyrics & Themes: 7/10
Performance: 7/10
Arrangement: 8/10
Sonic Palette: 9/10
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#10/Tiny Mix Tapes
#12/Gorilla vs. Bear
#19/SPIN
#26/The Needle Drop

MISC LISTS

#3/SPIN (Pop)

Track List

  1. Bipp
  2. Elle
  3. Lemonade
  4. Hard
  5. Msmsmsm
  6. Vyzee
  7. L.O.V.E.
  8. Just Like We Never Said Goodbye
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Added on: September 30, 2015