Hold On Baby

King Princess - Hold On Baby
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2022 Ratings: #378 / 760
User Score
Based on 207 ratings
2022 Ratings: #728
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Telegraph

To listen to Hold On Baby is to feel like you are really inside someone else’s world, their voice urgently delivering their most intimate feelings in your ear, transmuting them into pop gold.

90
Gigwise
It’s sometimes melancholic, sometimes hopeful, and flows beautifully, Straus mastering the art of melding different styles together from track-to-track in a way that’s almost enchanting.
80
DIY
A vulnerable musical experiment that stays true to her roots of authenticity.
80
Dork
More vital than so many of her peers, but equally organic and primal too, ‘Hold On Baby’ is an album of celebration to be celebrated.
80
The Line of Best Fit
Everything we hear, she’s chosen to share with us, and she’s chosen how we’re going to hear it – it’s honest about being not-quite-an-open-book, leaving the blanks for us to fill in by starting to have these conversations with ourselves.
80
Clash
It's a release that refuses to drown in its sultry self-pity, but still honours it – resulting in a cathartic, immensely intimate confessional piece.
80
The Irish Times

Hold On Baby is right – strap yourselves in for a non-binary and boisterous ride.

80
Rolling Stone
The queer-pop hero’s latest thrives in musical and emotional chaos.
77
Pitchfork
Exploring the tensions of a long-term relationship, the pop artist’s second album is the work of a keen-eared musician coming into their own as a producer and stylist.
70
musicOMH
One of pop’s most idiosyncratic talents returns with a low-key, restrained yet lucid work.
62
Spectrum Culture
There are no sticky hooks, no big realizations – just Strauss muddling through covid lockdown and a slowly dying long-term relationship over moody synths.
60
Slant Magazine
The album attempts to bridge a number of gaps in a way that can feel bland and devoid of context.
60
NME
On her second full-length LP, the Brooklyn singer/producer only half-commits to the upbeat, subversive sound that makes her so exciting.
60
Under The Radar

Hold On Baby certainly has its hits, and Straus’ star power is no less evident even when the music doesn’t measure up. While her sophomore record is somewhat of a slump, King Princess’ talent still reigns.

BaddieBaphomet
60

NO NUANCE REVIEW

This should have been an EP

evelezt
56

Mixed feelings, there are good songs in this but they don't stand out if you compare them to the works done by some of her contemporaries so they are not really memorable.

cheapqueen
80

I think this album is a step up from her debut album ‘Cheap Queen’ (yes my username comes from it).
I truly enjoyed each song on here, the only step down is “Crowbar” which I find somewhat boring, mostly compared to how much I enjoyed the rest.
I really like the sound she went for on this album, it feels raw, authentic, and intimate.
I guess it’s true that the album is mostly held by the singles, but I was still able to find new gems in the new songs such as ... read more

actualfactual
65

Love her new sound. Just can't avoid comparing it to her debut album, which I like way more. Congratulations KP, we love you.

RiskyAlternativ
75

Great songwriting and production. Step up from the first project.

Davidfrangipane
84

I Hate Myself, I Want To Party: 8
Cursed: 10
Winter is Hopeful: 8
Little Bother: 8.5
For My Friends: 10
Crowbar: 8
Hold on Baby Interlude: 6.5
Too Bad: 8.5
Change the Locks: 7.5
Dotted Lines: 8
Sex Shop: 7.5
Let Us Die: 10

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Track List

1I Hate Myself, I Want To Party
3:54
74
2Cursed
3:20
71
3Winter is Hopeful
3:01
68
4Little Bother
2:41
70
5For My Friends
3:35
71
6Crowbar
3:47
67
7Hold on Baby Interlude
1:45
64
8Too Bad
2:53
72
9Change the Locks
4:29
74
10Dotted Lines
3:42
68
11Sex Shop
3:34
65
12Let Us Die
3:53
74
Total Length: 40 minutes

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Added on: March 21, 2022