Rozi Plain - Prize
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2023 Ratings: #322 / 757
User Score
Based on 520 ratings
2023 Rank: #710
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CRITIC REVIEWS

87
Still Listening

Prize showcases Plain’s skills as a songwriter and builds on the unique sonic world that she has cultivated over the last decade.

80
No Ripcord
Plain's strengths lie in how she maintains a unique identity regardless of the numerous collaborators, always attuned to her inner world.
80
Beats Per Minute

On Prize it is especially impressive how Plain’s thoughts, which are seemingly unorganised, somehow make sense to us.

80
The Skinny
There's a gilt finish to this album, showing a keen curatorial eye and ability to polish without losing the beating heart. It's almost like the sophisti-pop of the 80s and early 90s, but without the naff production.
80
Clash
Although the lyrics remain short and simple, their meaning isn’t always clear – extending ways in which they may be interpreted and therefore adding an ethereal depth to the entire album. By saying little, Plain provokes a whole lot.
80
The Guardian
Plain leans into her eccentricities and goes far beyond the cotton-soft ambience of previous albums on her fifth.
80
Uncut
It’s an instantly captivating set – 10 resonant but unfussy songs distinguished by a balance of up-close intimacy and understatedly elegant composition, attuned to the power of repetitive flow.
80
Mojo
It's Plain's elusive ruminations and off-balance poetics that resonate in ever more artful, affecting ways.
80
Record Collector
She shapes her gentle, warmly enveloping songs out of electronic burbles and a fuss-free small band, melodies seesawing underneath like the shifting viewpoints she presents.
76
Northern Transmissions
With such vague lyrics, you can prescribe any number of meanings to each line, visions of romance or heartbreak swarming. While each track might not always connect with a certain feeling, each uses space and texture in 10 different ways.
72
Pitchfork
Working with minimalist guitar, gentle vocals, and an understated rhythm section, the English musician constructs a careful lesson about the awe of being present.
70
AllMusic

All told, Prize acts as a companion album to What a Boost, further distinguishing Plain's idiosyncratic sound.

70
Exclaim!
Not every artist can pull off this form of subtle manipulation without turning into elevator music, but Plain can.
70
Loud and Quiet

Combining elements of folk and jazz, yet never committing to either, Prize has an unassuming beauty in its sense of community and spirit of hope.

LonelyHipHopFan
35

Not a particularly unique album, but a really enjoyable one. I was kinda worried, because the first four songs are super derivative of the singer-songwriter sound and vibe, but the second half is pretty diverse. That's especially true for the production with its addition of synths and interesting string arrangements. Now, the lyrics are unremarkable and the vocals are servicable at best, so it's definitely the production that's winning me over in the last few songs. It's alright, but it's ... read more

daltdisney
75

Prove You’re* Good

Sykelone
76

The first three seconds grabbed me and the vocal has me staying. The backing tracks are just the right amount of art pop and folk that keeps my attention. There's elements of Jazz sprinkled throughout which, as we know from Max Pope's 2022 release is an absolute winner to my ears. Not to mention the stellar production work! The spreading of the instruments creates a placement in a room that every instrument can relax in and take center stage when needs be.

greasysquealer
74

wow wow wow i really liked this! i didn't really have any expectations, but i came out pleasantly surprised.

70

Nice

Artificial
76

Excluding the bad grammar, pretty good

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Track List

1Agreeing for Two
4:45
74
2Complicated
4:41
74
3Help
3:52
74
4Prove Your Good
5:04
70
5Conversation
2:26
70
6Painted the Room
4:13
79
7Sore
2:44
74
8Spot Thirteen
4:35
76
9Standing Up
3:32
76
10Blink
4:53
71
Total Length: 40 minutes
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Added on: September 13, 2022