AOTY 2018
Caroline Rose - Loner
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #128 / 702
User Score
Based on 149 ratings
2018 Ratings: #110
February 23, 2018 / Release Date
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New West / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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There’s not one dud track on it, and each listen unveils something new to hear. Most pleasingly though, in these dark times, is that it’s a whole heap of fun. 2018 may be only a few months old, but we may have its album of the year already.
Under The Radar

LONER brings out a no-holds-barred honesty that could've never fit in Rose's last (and far more conservative) incarnation.

Northern Transmissions

While Loner is definitely a record that tries a lot, Rose’s smart writing will keep you mesmerized.


Some of the folks who loved Caroline Rose's first two albums are going to have a hard time with Loner, but she doesn't sound the least bit worried about it, and she shouldn't be -- she's made the most interesting album of her career to date.

Loud and Quiet

Despite the heavy subject matters this is an unashamedly pop record, taking on the attitude of Le Tigre and the pop-dance of Katy Perry.


She remains unafraid of singing about serious subjects (capitalism, sexism, death, etc.) but on LONER, she delivers it through a bold, candy-colored filter that’s always intriguing and often irresistible.


On her self-assured second album, this singer-songwriter uses her mordant wit to confront serious subjects, exorcising trauma with hooks and humor.

Spectrum Culture
On this new disc, Rose dodges Wes Anderson twee, but plays pop bright enough with lyrics funny enough to gussy up some serious concerns, resulting in an album consistently surprising and entertaining.
FLOOD Magazine

Loner could rightly be called a feminist album or perhaps simply a human one, weaponizing empathy in an age of despair.

It's not groundbreaking but don't let this fly under the radar for you: there's a sheen of intelligence that works alongside a fun indie rock sound.
Probably the most overlooked album this year and it’s one of my favourites. Caroline’s lyrics are relatable, smart and sometimes dark.

Favourite track - Soul No. 5

Still the most overlooked. Listen rn. Or don't. But you should. Listen to it.
So when I first rated this album, I gave it something in the low 60's and threw it off to the side as something I could probably never get into- so I should never try. Not a very good attitude for a reviewer to have, I know. For some reason I decided to come back though, and I couldn't be happier that I did. This album is filled with hit after hit, and non-stop fun songs, even if they are about some of the harder things in life. Plus the cover is great, love the tracksuits!

Favorite Tracks: ... read more
At first I heard the initial track "More of the Same" i've fallen in the album. Such a fun, energetic and dancing album, all the tracks are great, she mixes indie pop/rock with synthpop/new wave influences along with clever sometimes humorous lyrics like the explosive "Money". Thereby, there is not much to say about the album besides listening and keep enjoying its energetic, fun and eclectic vibe.

Favs: More of the Same, Cry!, Money, Jeannie Becomes a Mom, To Die Today, ... read more
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Track List

  1. More of the Same
  2. Cry!
  3. Money
  4. Jeannie Becomes a Mom
  5. Getting To Me
  6. To Die Today
  7. Soul No.5
  8. Smile! AKA Schizodrift Jam 1 AKA Bikini Intro
  9. Bikini
  10. Talk
  11. Animal
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Added on: November 19, 2017