King Princess - Hold on Baby (2022)

Reason for Listening:
Listened to the first four singles, and I love the track "1950".

Released 20220729.
12 songs. 40:34. Hold On Baby (2020)
Looking for something to listen to on the way home from work, I saw a recommendation for King Princess: Change the Locks. It turns out it was the first four singles for this album which is scheduled to be released on 20220729.* I decided to defer making a post at the time.
First listen.
That's a nice line: "Summer is cold, and winter is hopeful" ("Winter is Hopeful")

2: "Cursed"; "Winter is Hopeful"; "Little Brother" (ft. Foushee); "Change the Locks";
1: "I Hate Myself, I Want to Party"; "Crowbar"; "Too Bad";
0: "For My Friends"; "Dotted Lines"; "Sex Shop";
N: "Hold on Baby Interlude";

Given how much I enjoyed "1950", my expectations were set high. Unfortunately, since the album generally doesn't sound like "1950", I was a little disappointed. Objectively, "1950" has been around for almost five years with over 500M plays on Spotify while "Little Brother" which is almost a year old only has a 5.8M plays. From a different point of view, "1950" is an exceptionally high-performing song.** However, taking a step back and considering the album separately, it was a solid set of songs which collectively carry a certain gravity, which is great for a specific mood.

Overall Rating: 3.8/5
Favorite Song: "Winter is Hopeful"

*Note that the third single consists of two tracks, "Too Bad" and "Cursed". The other tracks are "Little Brother" (first single), "For My Friends" (second single), and "Change the Locks" (fourth single).
**For an external comparison, Maggie Roger's most played track on Spotify, "Light On", has 194M plays and is 4.25 years old.

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