<COPINGMECHANISM>

Willow - <COPINGMECHANISM>
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2022 Ratings: #488 / 760
User Score
Based on 568 ratings
2022 Ratings: #459
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

While much of Willow's charm lies in the way she can switch genres with ease, Coping Mechanism is so engaging that it'd be nice for her to stick to this sound for at least one more album before continuing her ever-riveting evolution.

80
The Guardian
Will and Jada’s shapeshifting youngest turns shards of metal, operatic harmonies, alt-rock and avant garde electro into a confident album without breaking a sweat.
80
Evening Standard
After working through electronic pop, spacey R&B and psychedelic folk, she’s found a winning formula.
80
Kerrang!
Smart, confident and put together with a real sense of intrigue, WILLOW’s latest record is a testament to having the belief to forge your own path. As coping mechanisms go, this one sounds like a winner.
80
NME
After taking her first steps into pop-punk on 2021's 'lately I feel EVERYTHING', Willow Smith doubles down and levels up on her fifth album.
80
The Telegraph

In Coping Mechanism, we see the singer becoming bolder and braver as she departs from mystic R&B and soul roots. In just 11 full-throttle tracks, Coping Mechanism gives us a glimpse at the future of rock.

80
Rolling Stone
The emo-pop wild child's fifth LP is her best yet.
70
DIY
With fewer hands stirring the pot, she’s come even more into her own.
70
Gigwise
Vibrant, bold, experimental in all the right places and full of heart, WILLOW’s latest album proves her to be an incredible talent.
70
Exclaim!
It couldn't fit neatly into any one genre and bears traces of everywhere WILLOW has been throughout her career, which feels both storied and like it's only just beginning.
67
Pitchfork
The Gen Z philosopher’s hard-rock era continues with an album about love and hurt, pain and healing, done with great nuance but not quite enough originality.
60
musicOMH

Emo music is as indulgent as one would expect from a genre that thinks conveying emotion is its USP, and as such on Coping Mechanism the listener is faced with lots of angst and not as much substance.

50
Spectrum Culture

Demonstrates growth conceptually, but holds onto core elements of Willow’s music that will only age worse the further her discography progresses.

Davibitt1234
80

Nos últimos tempos, o rock está ficando em alta, e, assim, vários artistas estão utilizando do gênero, especialmente do punk-rock, em seus trabalhos artísticos. WILLOW foi uma das cantoras que entraram para essa trend ao lançar lately i feel EVERYTHING, de 2021, no qual ela entregou um bom álbum que mostrou ela como um dos nomes mais interessantes dentre os que surfaram nessa onda.

Após essa mudança sonora para entrar nessa ... read more

surlace
76

Insane to think about her sonic evolution from her first couple albums to now. This is by far the heaviest WILLOW has ever sounded. Not to mention, that pop-punk influence from the last release (lately i feel EVERYTHING) is still here, but is woven into this heavier alt-rock sound so seamlessly. Honestly, she may be the only modern artist doing that sound some justice in this semi-newer wave of pop-punk outfits.

Music_Nerds
82

It’s My Fault starts off like pop-punk coloured with nimble hard-hitting drums and exaggerated distorted vocals that highlight the sweeter moments. The metal moments in the outro work really well too.
*J U S T D R O P P E D T O D A Y*
Falling Endlessly kicks off heavy as well and the eastern type vocals are nice too.
The guitar solo is ace and perfectly placed.
While Curious/Furious is the first song that starts off more pop and this is catchy as you’d imagine. ... read more

edgarratesmusic
60

It's good in parts.

Koltenb
71

this was such a pleasant surprise, and i am excited to see what she does next

elpisbutmusic
75

If the whole album was as good as "No Control" and "<maybe> it's my fault"...

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Added on: August 3, 2022