AOTY 2020


Sad13 - Slugger
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2016 Ratings: #228 / 905
User Score
Based on 28 ratings
November 11, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Carpark / Label
Synthpop, Art Pop / Genres
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A.V. Club

The songs all work inside established frameworks but twist them until they feel fresh ... It shows that Dupuis is a songwriter who can make any genre feel her own, regardless of what moniker she elects to release it under.

The Line of Best Fit

Dupuis’s credo on Slugger is so simply, yet still colorfully as expected, stated and essential that flash-drive copies of Slugger should accompany all high school freshman Health class textbooks.

The Skinny

Crunchy, catchy hooks mean you’ll be humming these anthems all day – and there’s nothing more satisfying than an earworm that’s also shouting out for equality.


Shinier and poppier than anything Speedy Ortiz have done, ‘Slugger’ is Dupuis’ attempt at putting politics into pop. The results are a thrilling and fizzing triumph.


In less capable hands, this record might come across as an weighty topic checklist. Sad13, however, doesn’t just raise these discussions, she presents them as a bundle of sexy, glitter-soaked fun.

Consequence of Sound

On Slugger, Sadie Dupuis looks for liberation — from the clutch of unhealthy relationships, from the hypocrisy of critics who don’t value the work but still want a piece of the hype, from a society that refuses to value consent.


Recorded in her Philly bedroom over the course of two weeks, Slugger isn't a perfectly polished, radio-ready set of glossy chart-topping pop tunes, but an infectiously fun foray into shimmering, socially conscious synth-pop.

About as good as you could expect a bedroom pop record recorded in two weeks to be. "Get a Yes" had me worried that this was going to be an album worth of good ideas marred by basic Fruity Loops production, but most of the other songs fare better (especially the ones with a live drummer). She doesn't assert much of an identity for herself as a solo artist since the best songs here are the ones that sound like Speedy Ortiz, but the writing quality is there so who cares?
É um pop tão pop que fica caricato as vezes, mas é legal. Gosto deste rock com uma pegada eletrônica na produção, fazendo um som bem típico de como o rock alternativo tem soado nos últimos anos, é bem contemporâneo. As melodias lembram um pouco do pop punk de meados da década passada, e eu gosto de quando as guitarras aparecem nas músicas por aqui. O problema, eu acho, é que a produção ... read more
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Track List

  1. <2
  2. The Sting
  3. Fixina
  4. Get a Yes
  5. Devil in U
  6. Line Up
  7. Just a Friend
  8. Tell U What
  9. Krampus (In Love)
  10. Hype
  11. Coming into Powers (feat. Sammus)
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Added on: August 23, 2016