AOTY 2018
Soccer Mommy - Clean
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2018 Ratings: #129 / 708
Year End Rank: #25
User Score
Based on 391 ratings
2018 Ratings: #136
March 2, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fat Possum / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

Clean showcases what it is to be stuck in a quicksand of self-loathing, and have it stop you from seeing your own accomplishments and more importantly, being proud of them. If Allison isn’t already chuffed with this debut, she should be.

84
Pitchfork

Still trading in piercing vulnerability, Clean is Allison’s excellent studio debut: a compact album of clear melodies, plainspoken lyrics, and the impossibly tangled logic of infatuation.

83
Paste

With Clean, she may have again left her bedroom for the studio, but her introspective and comfortably confessional lyrics maintain their intimacy and diary-scrawl relatability.

80
Exclaim!

Clean explores feelings of infatuation, insecurity, and acceptance as Allison wearily enters adulthood ... Allison is promptly hitting her stride and clearly gaining confidence and showing it with strands of snarkiness and angst mixed within her delicate, vulnerable songs.

80
No Ripcord

Allison is a beguiling romantic who doesn’t hold any punches but also considers others’ changing behavior. Always true to her word, she carries onward, and a little more empowered, until it’s time to take on the next hurdle.

80
The Independent

The combination of melancholy interspersed with anger dominates Soccer Mommy’s debut as she reels through the limbo of young adulthood: it’s something that would make both Alanis Morissette and Taylor Swift proud.

80
DIY
Stepping beyond the groundwork of her debut collection, and sounding all the more confident for it, Sophie Allison shoots, and she scores.
80
NME
The production trickery, paired with Allison’s lyrical nuances, make her songwriting, and this debut record, a dazzling and devastating triumph.
80
AllMusic
Throughout the album, Allison's vulnerable delivery and quietly tormented lyrics stick as much as hooks, artfully gradated guitar tones, and haunting echo that's mostly reserved for accompaniment, but they all work together in unsettled harmony.
80
The 405

With Clean, Allison has delivered one of early 2018’s easiest albums to simply enjoy. If you’ve been a human being for all of your life, you will recognise very well the experiences related throughout its fleeting 35 minutes.

80
Clash
A singular, precise, and continually inviting experience, ‘Clean’ finds Soccer Mommy reaching a new level of artistry, using her earlier releases as a bedrock to support her ambitions.
75
Northern Transmissions

While Soccer Mommy showed a range of ideas on Collection, she tightens things down to a concentrated melancholy this time around. The band’s emotional control makes every song instantly affecting, but they end up meditating on the same ideas again and again.

75
Spectrum Culture
Few albums in recent memory have been this upfront and plain with their anxiety. No need to muddy it with abstractions, just get to the meat of the depression.
70
Under The Radar

Clean's plentiful highlights suggest that Allison might one day deliver a true indie classic.

70
PopMatters
As far as her musical maturity is concerned, Allison has quickly come of age. Indeed, great things are yet to come from Soccer Mommy.
lemuriams
88
My biggest overlook of the year so far. Brilliant record
winitheju
84
She's a star in the making
liammenzies
86
Soccer Mommy explores love in various interesting ways and showcases her talent gradually as opposed to spunking it all on one track - one of 2018's best albums.
itsyahboinoah
50
Oh Look its another uninspiring indie music chick playing bland indie-rock/pop.
Music_Observer
76
There’s nothing overwhelming, but it’s a truly charming and intelligent work. It does stick out among other modern releases for its strong, consistent melodic shape within a simple, and at times delightful, soft atmosphere. Sophie Allison showed a real talent in writing interesting melodic motives for any given mood or place in the song form. These melodies used rises and falls quite well, being especially delightful in how they dipped past an expected landing tone to give more ... read more
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Track List

  1. Still Clean
  2. Cool
  3. Your Dog
  4. Flaw
  5. Blossom (Wasting All My Time)
  6. Last Girl
  7. Skin
  8. Scorpio Rising
  9. Interlude
  10. Wildflowers
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Added on: January 9, 2018