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    Hold On Baby is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter King Princess. It was released on July 29, 2022, through Zelig Records. The album was produced by Mark Ronson, Ethan Gruska, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, and Tobias Jesso Jr. Hold On Baby was preceded by four singles, including "Little Bother" (featuring guest vocals from Fousheé). A fifth single, "Let Us Die" (drums contributed by Taylor Hawkins) was released alongside the album. The album received generally positive reviews from music critics, who praised its production and instrumentals.

    Background and release

    In 2019, King Princess released her debut studio album, Cheap Queen. In 2020, she released the singles "Only Time Makes It Human" and "Pain". The song "House Burn Down" was released in 2021.[8]

    In 2022, King Princess began releasing singles in promotion for Hold On Baby. On January 14, she released the song "Little Bother" with Fousheé. On March 18, she released the single "For My Friends". Alongside the release, she revealed the Hold on Baby Tour, and that it would start in September.[13][14] She released "Too Bad" and "Cursed" in June, along with an announcement of the album and its accompanying artwork.[15] "Change the Locks" followed in July, as the album's fourth single.[16] The album was released on July 29, through Zelig Records.[17]

    Recording and production

    Hold On Baby features production from Mark Ronson, Ethan Gruska, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, and Tobias Jesso Jr.[18] On January 8, 2022, King Princess revealed that her album was in the stage of being mixed.[19] Foo Fighters member Taylor Hawkins, who died in March 2022, appears on drums on the closing track "Let Us Die".[20]

    "I Hate Myself, I Want to Party" was written by King Princess, partly in collaboration with Aaron Dessner, and in other parts with Gruska. "Cursed" was written by King Princess with Dave Hamelin, at the latter's home. Hamelin managed the track's production. King Princess additionally handled drums on the song. "Little Bother" came about as King Princess and the song's featured artist, Fousheé, shared direct messages with each other. The guitar loop on the song was provided by songwriter Zach Fogerty. King Princess wrote the song's chorus; her and the featured artist wrote the verses together.[21]

    "For My Friends" was written by King Princess, with Gruska and Amy Allen. The song is written as "a love letter" to her friends. The piano line in "Crowbar" was contributed by Aaron Dessner, though it was originally shared to Gruska, as part of an unrelated project.[21] "Sex Shop" was written on the piano at King Princess' home. Her father aided her in recording the song's vocals.[16] The creation of "Change the Locks" was inspired by a slump in King Princess's relationship with creative producer Quinn Wilson, which was caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. The song was created in collaboration with Aaron Dessner at Long Pond Studio in Hudson, New York.[22] "Winter Is Hopeful" was originally titled "Quinn", as it mentions Wilson by name.[23]

    Composition

    The album's opening track, "I Hate Myself, I Want to Party" describes depression in a gritty manner and includes sinister-sounding production. The track intensifies near the end, as guitars play loudly next to the singer's vocals.[20] "Change the Locks" also involves a guitar in its sound, while "Crowbar" makes use of heavy drums,[20] and finds King Princess comparing her breaking relationship to the titular object. The latter number is sung over a light piano and drums.[5]

    "Winter is Hopeful" is a vulnerable[23] track that makes usage of an R&B beat. "Dotted Lines" is a punchy, club-inspired track[24] about being undervalued as a woman in the music industry.[4] "Sex Shop" contains distorted noises and is filled with pop sounds.[24]

    "For My Friends" and "Cursed" are songs about platonic relationships; the former song slowly creates momentum using synths and drums, which have been compared to Robyn by El Hunt. "Cursed" involves a "spindling guitar... and a thumping, distortion-muffled bridge".[25] "Let Us Die" is a fuzzy closing track which includes drums. Maura Johnston of Rolling Stone opined that the song concludes "on the musical equivalent of a cliffhanger".[20]

    Critical reception

    Professional ratings
    Aggregate scores
    SourceRating
    Metacritic78/100[26]
    Review scores
    SourceRating
    Clash8/10[27]
    DIY[28]
    The Irish Times[29]
    The Line of Best Fit8/10[30]
    musicOMH[3]
    NME[25]
    Our Culture[31]
    Pitchfork7.7/10[32]
    Rolling Stone[20]
    Slant Magazine[5]

    Hold On Baby received generally positive reviews from music critics,[26] who praised certain attributes like its production, instrumentals,[27] vulnerability, and vocals.[28] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from professional publications, the album has an average score of 78 out of 100.[26]

    Cordelia Lam of DIY called the album the artist's "most diverse, 'chaotic' sound to date".[28] Tony Clayton-Lea of The Irish Times called Hold On Baby "a potential album of the year", singling out the closing track "Let Us Die" as "a throbbing, turbo-charged raga-like tune" that could rank among the best songs of the year.[29] The Line of Best Fit reviewer Ims Taylor directed praise toward the album's instrumentals, and pointed out that the singer's level of confidence had increased on the record.[30]

    El Hunt of NME was less positive, saying that the "best moments on Hold On Baby unearth a raw sense of introspection"; the reviewer criticized the record's cohesion and pacing.[25] Charles Lyons-Burt, writing for Slant Magazine, criticized the album's melodies, remarking that "never quite come to life as convincingly as they should".[5] Pitchfork's Shaad D'Souza was positive about Hold On Baby, but disliked the fourth track, "Little Bother", saying that the song "feels too similar to [...] other emo revival songs".[32] Martyn Young, in his review of the album for MusicOMH, opined that the record makes a strong case for the artist's talents. The reviewer had reservations about the restrained nature of Hold On Baby, saying that it makes parts of the album "[feel] a little disappointing".[3]

    Year-end lists
    PublicationListRankRef
    Rolling StoneThe 100 Best Albums of 20227[33]

    Track listing

    Hold On Baby track listing
    No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
    1."I Hate Myself, I Want to Party"3:54
    2."Cursed"
    • King Princess
    • Hamelin
    3:20
    3."Winter Is Hopeful"
    • Straus
    • Ethan Gruska
    • King Princess
    • Gruska
    3:01
    4."Little Bother" (with Fousheé)
    • Straus
    • Britanny Faoushee
    • Zachary Fogarty
    • King Princess
    • Fogarty
    2:41
    5."For My Friends"
    • King Princess
    • Gruska
    • Hamelin[c]
    3:35
    6."Crowbar"
    • Straus
    • Dessner
    • King Princess
    • Dessner
    3:47
    7."Hold on Baby Interlude"Straus
    • King Princess
    • Veronika Jane Wyman
    • Mike Malchichoff[m]
    1:45
    8."Too Bad"
    • Straus
    • Allen
    • Gruska
    • King Princess
    • Gruska
    • Hamelin[c]
    2:53
    9."Change the Locks"
    • Straus
    • Dessner
    • King Princess
    • Dessner
    • Hamelin[m]
    4:29
    10."Dotted Lines"
    • King Princess
    • Everett
    • Jesso
    • Hamelin[c]
    3:42
    11."Sex Shop"
    • Straus
    • Gruska
    • King Princess
    • Gruska
    3:34
    12."Let Us Die"
    • King Princess
    • Gruska
    • Ronson
    3:53
    Total length:40:34

    Notes

    • ^[c] indicates a co-producer
    • ^[m] indicates a miscellaneous producer

    Personnel

    Musicians

    • King Princess – vocals (all tracks), electric guitar (1, 2, 4, 5, 8–12), programming (1–3, 5, 7, 8, 10–12), piano (1, 9), background vocals (2, 4, 5, 7, 12), drums (2, 7, 9, 10), synthesizer (2–12), bass (3, 4, 10, 12), keyboards (4)
    • Aaron Dessner – bass, programming, synthesizer (1, 6, 9); piano (1, 9); acoustic guitar, electric guitar (9)
    • Justin Vernon – drums (1)
    • Thomas Bartlett – piano, synthesizer (1, 9)
    • James Krivchenia – percussion (1, 6, 9)
    • Clarice Jensen – cello (1, 6)
    • Yuki Numata Resnick – viola, violin (1, 6)
    • Justin Peroff – drums (2)
    • Dave Hamelin – electric guitar (2, 8), programming (2, 5, 8–11), synthesizer (2, 8, 10)
    • Gabriel Cabeza – cello (3, 5)
    • Rob Moose – cello (3)
    • Ethan Gruska – programming, synthesizer (3, 5, 8, 11, 12); electric guitar (8), bass (11)
    • Fousheé – vocals, background vocals (4)
    • Zach Fogarty – bass, electric guitar, keyboards, programming, synthesizer (4)
    • JT Bates – drums (6)
    • Ryan Olson – percussion (9)
    • Shawn Everett – synthesizer (10)
    • Taylor Hawkins – drums (12)

    Technical

    • Randy Merrillmastering (1–3, 5–12)
    • Dale Becker – mastering (4)
    • Serban Ghenea – mixing (5)
    • Shawn Everett – mixing (1–3, 6–12), engineering (10)
    • Jeff Ellis – mixing (4)
    • Aaron Dessner – engineering (1, 6, 9)
    • Clarice Jensen – engineering (1, 6)
    • Jonathan Low – engineering (1, 6, 9)
    • Justin Vernon – engineering (1, 6)
    • Kyle Resnick – engineering (1, 6)
    • Thomas Bartlett – engineering (1, 6)
    • Dave Hamelin – engineering (2, 5)
    • Ethan Gruska – engineering (3, 5, 8, 11, 12)
    • Zach Fogarty – engineering (4)
    • Fili Filizzola – engineering (4)
    • Kayla Reagan – engineering (4)
    • Noah McCorkle – engineering (4)
    • King Princess – engineering (7)
    • Veronika Jane Wyman – engineering (7)
    • Tobias Jesso Jr. – engineering (10)
    • Oliver Straus – engineering (11)
    • John Lousteau – engineering (12)
    • Mark Ronson – engineering (12)
    • Ivan Wayman – engineering assistance (1–3, 6–12)
    • Trevor Taylor – engineering assistance (4)

    Release history

    Release dates and formats for Hold On Baby
    RegionDateFormatVersionLabelRef.
    VariousJuly 29, 2022Standard[34]
    January 4, 2023LP[35]

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    1. ^ Martoccio, Angie (July 2022). "King Princess' Wild Life: The Most Outrageously Quotable Rock Star of Her Time is Determined to be Herself". Rolling Stone. p. 17.
    2. ^ England, Adam (July 27, 2022). "Album Review: King Princess – Hold On Baby". Gigwise. Archived from the original on July 27, 2022. Retrieved August 8, 2022.
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    7. ^ Pitchfork Staff (December 13, 2022). "The Best Progressive Pop Music of 2022". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 20, 2022.
    8. ^ a b Martoccio, Angie (January 14, 2022). "King Princess Returns for a Little Heartbreak on 'Little Bother'". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 15, 2022. Retrieved July 31, 2022.
    9. ^ Bouza, Kat (March 18, 2022). "King Princess' 'For My Friends' Is a Poignant Portrayal of Lifelong Friendships". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 26, 2022. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
    10. ^ Kenneally, Cerys (June 9, 2022). "King Princess releases new songs 'Too Bad' and 'Cursed'". The Line of Best Fit. Archived from the original on June 9, 2022. Retrieved June 16, 2022.
    11. ^ Lavin, Will (July 8, 2022). "Listen to King Princess' harrowing new single 'Change The Locks'". NME. Archived from the original on July 10, 2022. Retrieved July 10, 2022.
    12. ^ Bouza, Kat (August 3, 2022). "King Princess Dons Angel Wings for Explosive 'Let Us Die' Performance on 'Fallon'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 24, 2022.
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    King Princess (2018)

    King Princess (geb. 19. Dezember 1998 in Brooklyn, New York City, Vereinigte Staaten; bürgerlich Mikaela Mullaney Straus[2][3]) ist eine US-amerikanische Singer-Songwriterin, Popmusikerin und Multiinstrumentalistin.[4] Sie steht bei Mark Ronsons Label Zelig Records unter Vertrag, einem Zweiglabel von Columbia Records.[5]

    Leben und Karriere

    Mikaela Straus ist die Ururenkelin der deutsch-amerikanischen Geschäftsleute Isidor und Ida Straus, die beide im Jahr 1912 beim Untergang der Titanic starben.[6]

    Sie wuchs in New York auf und verbrachte bereits in ihrer Kindheit viel Zeit im Brooklyner Studio Mission Sound, das ihrem Vater gehört. Dort lernte sie mehrere Instrumente, darunter Bass, Gitarre, Klavier und Schlagzeug, sowie auch das Produzieren von Musik und die Musikszene kennen. Inspiration zog sie in diesen Jahren vor allem aus der Rockmusik der Bands Led Zeppelin und T. Rex, sowie von Jack White. Bereits im Alter von elf Jahren wurde ihr ein Plattenvertrag angeboten, den sie zusammen mit ihrem Vater aber im Hinblick auf einen Schulabschluss ablehnte. Nach der High School zog Straus nach Los Angeles, um an der USC Thornton School of Music ein Studium aufzunehmen, das sie allerdings nach einem Jahr zugunsten ihrer Musikkarriere aufgab.[4]

    Am 3. Februar 2018 veröffentlichte sie unter dem Bühnennamen King Princess ihre Debütsingle 1950, mit der sie erstmals größere Bekanntheit erlangte, nachdem sie bereits in den Jahren davor mit ihren auf den Internetplattformen YouTube oder SoundCloud hochgeladenen Songs eine kleine Fanbasis aufgebaut hatte.[5][7] 1950 ist eine Hommage an das 1952 erschienene Buch Salz und sein Preis von Patricia Highsmith, an die LGBTQ-Community sowie an queere Liebe.[4]

    Am 15. Juni 2018 gab sie ihr Debüt-EP Make My Bed heraus.[8]

    Persönliches

    Straus beschrieb sich im Jahr 2018 als lesbisch sowie als genderqueer (nichtbinär).[9][10][11][12][13][14] Straus a.k.a. King Princess bevorzugt weiterhin weibliche Pronomen (she).[15]

    Diskografie

    Studioalben

    • 2019: Cheap Queen

    EPs

    • 2018: Make My Bed

    Singles

    • 2018: 1950 (UK:SilberSilber; US:PlatinPlatin)[16]
    • 2018: Talia
    • 2018: Pussy Is God
    • 2019: Cheap Queen
    • 2019: Prophet

    Gastbeiträge

    Weblinks

    Commons: King Princess – Sammlung von Bildern, Videos und Audiodateien

    Einzelnachweise

    1. Chartquellen: Österreich Schweiz
    2. Lauren Murphy: King Princess: „As per usual, we’re in a drought of good music“. In: The Irish Times. 21. Oktober 2019, abgerufen am 17. Dezember 2020 (englisch); Zitat: “Singer Mikaela Straus has got the songs, connections and attitude for popstar life”.
    3. Your query: Creator’s Name begins with Staus Mikaela on any territories (Domestic works). In: ISWC. Abgerufen am 6. Oktober 2019.Vorlage:Cite web/temporär
    4. a b c Frankie Dunn: you probably know her debut single 1950, now get to know king princess. i-D, 30. April 2018, abgerufen am 14. Juni 2018.Vorlage:Cite web/temporär
    5. a b Jessica: Future Stars: King Princess (Columbia/Zelig Records). (Nicht mehr online verfügbar.) This Must Be Pop, 26. Februar 2018, ehemals im Original; abgerufen am 14. Juni 2018.@1@2Vorlage:Toter Link/www.thismustbepop.com (Seite nicht mehr abrufbar, Suche in Webarchiven) Vorlage:Cite web/temporär
    6. Manila: King Princess - Ethnicity. ethnicelebs, 17. Juli 2018, abgerufen am 17. August 2018.Vorlage:Cite web/temporär
    7. Amelia Maher: King Princess’ debut single “1950” is a beautiful exploration of unrequited love. The Line Of Best Fit, 24. Februar 2018, abgerufen am 14. Juni 2018.Vorlage:Cite web/temporär
    8. King Princess Aims For Her Own Fairytale Success Story. Hotpress, 18. Mai 2018, abgerufen am 15. Juni 2018.Vorlage:Cite web/temporär
    9. Paisley Gilmour: King Princess on identifying as a lesbian: “I am a girl who dates girls and I have been for a long time”. In: Cosmopolitan. 4. Juni 2019, abgerufen am 17. Dezember 2020 (englisch).
    10. Jill Gutowitz: King Princess Is a Genderqueer Pop Icon for the Next Generation of Queer Youth. In: Them. 15. Juni 2018, abgerufen am 15. Juni 2018.
    11. Rhian Daly: King Princess: Meet the gay icon-in-waiting who’s come to wreak glorious havoc on pop. In: New Musical Express. 23. Juli 2018, abgerufen am 17. Dezember 2020 (englisch).
    12. Jordyn Tilchen: King Princess Is “Bored Of Heteronormative Narrative” — But Don’t Put Her Music Into A Box. In: MTV News. 31. Oktober 2019, abgerufen am 21. August 2020 (englisch).
    13. Lisa Robinson: King Princess Is Pop Music’s Newest Crown Jewel. In: Vanity Fair. 9. September 2019, abgerufen am 21. August 2020 (amerikanisches Englisch).
    14. Christopher Bagley: King Princess on the Limits of Being Pop’s New Queer Idol: “I’d Rather Put Out Good Art”. In: W Magazine. 5. Juni 2019, abgerufen am 17. Dezember 2020 (englisch); Zitat: “I like being a woman sometimes. I would say 49 percent of the time I love my titties. But I’m not fully a woman. I’m somebody who falls center on the gender spectrum, and it changes day to day. It’s just not in me to decide.
    15. El Hunt: King Princess: “When Harry Styles tweeted about me, it was a huge deal”. In: NME. 27. November 2020, abgerufen am 17. Dezember 2020 (englisch).
    16. Auszeichnungen für Musikverkäufe: UK US

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