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Caroline Polachek “Desire, I Want to Turn Into You” Album Review

Desire, I Want To Turn Into You

Caroline Polachek

  • Genre: Indie Pop
  • Date: 14 Feb, 2023
  • Content: Not-explicit
  • Region: NGA
  • Track(s): 12
  • ℗ 2023 Perpetual Novice

Read our review of Caroline Polachek’s new album “Desire, I Want to Turn Into You.”

On February 14, 2023, Valentine’s day, American singer Caroline Polachek released her new album “Desire, I Want To Turn Into You.” It marked the first album since 2019’s “Pang” and her fourth overall. “Pang” was her debut under the name Caroline Polachek. Like that album, “Desire, I Want To Turn Into You,” has earned acclaim from critics and fans.

According to Pitchfork, “the album’s production veers from trip-hop to new wave, trance to flamenco, demonstrating an innate understanding of the pop archive in pursuit of a new personal style. Each creation seems marvelously its own.”

The Line Of Best Fit wrote that “the desire she sought to turn into on the title track is fully realised in these mesmerising and wholly unique soundscapes.” Pop Matters called it “one of these future classics” and said it was “engaging at every turn and carefully calibrated to its point of view, it represents art pop hitting yet another dizzy apex.”

We can state for a fact that the album is Caroline Polachek’s latest masterpiece or maybe even her best yet. Her description of desire is drawn in the strings she sings on, and her vocals paint a picture of hunger to turn, be, and become.

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Caroline Polachek &Quot;Desire, I Want To Turn Into You&Quot; Album Review, Yours Truly, Reviews, February 28, 2024

Have you ever seen a woman come for what she wants? The look in her eyes, the determination, and how her focus is fixated on what drives her? Caroline Polachek’s cover photo of her album “Desire, I Want To Turn Into You” is everything desire is and more. She is photographed crawling on the floor of a public bus. She seems to be moving toward something while everyone else is busy doing whatever. It is the perfect cover for the album.

Every album has songs that either drive them or get more attention and plays than the rest of the tracks. In October 2022, Caroline released “Sunset” as the first single from the album. It was followed by the “Welcome To My Island” EP released in December. It housed the single (title track), among other tracks.

Several remixes were released to promote the song this year. It also became a mild success and the most popular track on the album. “Blood And Butter” is also one of the favourites on the project. “Fly To You” featuring Grimes and Dido has gained good attention.

Tracklist and Features

Caroline Polachek did not come to play with this album. The project houses 14 tracks, all of which celebrate pop music and desire, of course. The album features acclaimed singers Grimes and Dido as the only contributors. They appeared in the song “Fly To You,” one of the stand-out tracks on the album. It feels like the collaboration we did not know we needed. Two great voices riding in one song with her was all the album needed as a highlight.

Tracklist

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1 Welcome To My Island 3:52
2 Pretty In Possible 3:36
3 Bunny Is A Rider 3:13
4 Sunset 2:42
5 Crude Drawing Of An Angel 3:29
6 I Believe 4:07
7 Fly To You (feat. Grimes and Dido) 4:05
8 Blood And Butter 4:27
9 Hopedrunk Everasking 3:19
10 Butterfly Net 4:36
11 Smoke 2:57
12 Billions 4:57

Summary

Caroline Polachek has consistently proven her pen game, difference from the crowd of pop musicians, and attention to detail. Her previous albums earned her acclaim. “Desire, I Want To Turn Into You” showed a height of hardwork, talent, and fun. We agree with NME‘s review that the album “feels like the uneven collection might morph into something else when revisiting it next week.” It almost feels like the kind of project that changes as you listen to it. It doesn’t just affect your emotions, it also makes you hungry, and each track bears new meaning as you hear them again. Something about it also calls Florence Welch to memory, especially in “I Believe.” You should listen to it all.

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