i used to think i could fly

Tate McRae - i used to think i could fly
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2022 Ratings: #420 / 499
User Score
Based on 250 ratings
2022 Ratings: #577
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
DIY
Her arsenal of jagged pop weapons is extensive, and can be expertly wielded when she wants.
80
The Independent
She sings like she’s falling apart, but the quality of the album suggests she’s got it together.
70
Clash

Amongst this heart-ache and angst comes upbeat and contagious pop anthems. The production and use of instrumentation on the record ticks all the boxes needed for a 2022 pop record. Yet tracks such as “you’re so cool” utilise electric guitars that give the album a timeless energy.

70
The Line of Best Fit
The new album is, in essence, McRae’s first major step in forging a distinct pop presence. Going forward, she’ll undoubtedly find ways to expand her offerings while adhering to and honing her brand.
68
Pitchfork
Even when she’s singing about self-loathing, the 18-year-old pop star and dancer exudes a swagger. Her full-length debut proves she’s capable of transcending online virality.
60
Rolling Stone
The rising Canadian pop singer’s genre pivots can lack cohesion, but she powers through with rage-filled anthems and cathartic ballads.
60
The Telegraph
McRae is primed for success, though, and while her songs can verge on self-indulgence – there’s a fair amount of navel-gazing at play – they’ll surely speak to a teenage audience. This is well-made, ear-wormy pop music, guaranteed to hit a nerve.
Davibitt1234
53

Tate McRae nunca foi uma artista a qual seu trabalho artístico me chamou atenção contudo, por alguns singles dessa era como "What Would You Do" e "She's All I Wanna Be" terem sido as primeiras canções da cantora a me cativar, sentia que minha experiência ao escutar 'i used to think i could fly' seria melhor. Entretanto, escutar seu álbum de estreia foi uma experiência tão chata e cansativa quanto ouvir os EPs que ... read more

BaddieBaphomet
30

NO NUANCE REVIEW

This sucks. This is an underwritten, uninteresting, and derivative album. But I don’t really blame Tate for how bad this came out. These are all problems most young and new artists face when they’re making their first pieces of work. The difference is, those artists don’t land a major label record deal after their first couple of songs and then release a debut album before they’ve figured out who they are as an artist. But RCA snagged her up because she ... read more

hfk
26

well, that was... an album... technically.

ok in all seriousness, "i used to think i could fly" isnt good. i would argue its actually pretty bad. the only thing stopping me from giving this a sub-20 score is that i can understand the appeal to 11-year-olds who think gayle is a genre-defining artist. i think universally bad music needs to be disliked by *everyone*, including people who really havent developed a taste beyond, the bland fake-deep pop we all probably consumed at that ... read more

41

This album is, quite frankly, evidence that Tate McRae's huge fanbase and acclaim would not come so easily to her if not for her prior fame as a dancer. I don't quite know what music she wants to make, but it's absolutely clear that RCA want her to make Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo tracks. To borrow a phrase from another horribly mid album, this is divinely uninspired to a hellish extent.

theupbeat
40

'i used to think i could fly' Album Notes:

There is an underlying ubiquity to the sound that Tate McRae curates on her debut album. Whether it’s labeled as teenage heartbreak or pick-yourself-up empowerment, ‘i used to think i could fly’ scratches at a similar overall sentiment to many of her already established contemporaries in the same field of young troubled romance. The question as to whether she quite distinguishes herself in a refreshing new way is debatable, but she ... read more

70

Best Songs: What would you do?

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Track List

1?
0:16
39
2don't come back
2:32
62
3i'm so gone
2:26
55
4what would you do?
2:46
65
5chaotic
2:55
62
6hate myself
2:53
55
7what's your problem?
2:47
55
8she's all i wanna be
3:27
74
9boy x
3:46
57
10you're so cool
2:50
61
11feel like shit
3:23
60
12go away
3:33
58
13i still say goodnight
3:08
61
Total Length: 36 minutes
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Added on: December 27, 2021