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Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides

SOPHIE

2018

Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides
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Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides (stylized in all caps) is the only studio album by Scottish recording artist and producer Sophie. It was released on 15 June 2018, through Transgressive, Future Classic and Sophie's own label, MSMSMSM. The title may be a mondegreen of the phrase "I love every person's insides". The album was met with widespread acclaim by critics and received a nomination for the Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. A remix album, Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides Non-Stop Remix Album, was released in July 2019. The opening track "It's Okay to Cry" is a ballad that begins with Sophie softly and intimately singing with 1980s-style synthesizer arrangements, before the song intensifies and Sophie's vocals crescendo to a wail. It was Sophie's first song as a singer-songwriter, and its lyrics and music video were taken as Sophie publicly coming out as transgender. "Ponyboy" and "Faceshopping" are playfully aggressive and hyperactive tracks that make use of pitch shifting and have themes of transgender identity and transhumanism. Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides incorporates an eclectic array of genres and styles including avant-pop, industrial music, glitch music, electro, ambient, dance-pop, EDM, ambient house, industrial techno, drone, synth-pop, Eurodance, contemporary R&B and dream pop.

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Rating

2.72

Votes

67

Genres

  • Pop

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Wed Feb 14 2024
5

Whoever added this is a hero. Losing SOPHIE might be one of the worst things to happen to modern music.

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Wed Feb 14 2024
5

I hope you can still see the moon, Sophie.

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Fri Feb 16 2024
4

I was immediately sort of turned off by this. I wanted the bass to be higher and I wanted the beat to "make sense". But the deeper I got into it, the more incredible the whole thing is. I have *never* heard anything even remotely like this. I somewhat recently stumbled upon the term "hyperpop" and I find it to be incredibly challenging. I don't know that I... like it. But hey it's something new! You gotta hand it to these kids, at least they are doing new/exciting/challenging.

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Mon Feb 19 2024
4

How this juggernaut aged was the question in mind as I revisited it. We've been in hyperpop's tail, more or less, since 2018, and each of Oil's singles still rings absolutely true. The structure of the record is nearly flawless, two halves separated deliberately. First, shattered - shattering - glass, next fully-formed club pieces. The conclusion is in skull-exploding noisy long-form. It's a dizzying shame we never heard the next step.

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Tue Feb 20 2024
3

Thanks to whoever submitted this offering as I would never have listened to it otherwise. I'm not a big fan of this brand of hyper-pop but I must respect their originality, especially in some of the more experimental tracks.

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Sun Apr 21 2024
2

When the name of the song/artist is in capital letters, you know you are going to listen to some mainstream more-product-than-music thing. After listening to it, I can confirm it's very much generic and brings nothing new to the table. In another era, artists liked to push boundaries, now I guess it's not fashionable.

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Thu Feb 29 2024
4

I listened to this album right around when it came out because it got a positive review by Anthony Fantano. I wrote it off as being not really my thing, but coming back to it after so long I'm amazed to hear how influential this is. Perhaps some of the older crowd on this site don't have connections to hyperpop and glitchcore, but if Dimery can cram a bunch of DnB on this list, then SOPHIE sure as hell deserves a nod, along with the likes of 100 gecs and Charli XCX. This was a great listen. 8/10

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Wed Apr 03 2024
4

Hmmmm 5? Transsexual FKA twigs 4 So interesting! The boring ones were all the same kind of boring though..

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Sun Feb 25 2024
3

A lot of talent here (cut depressingly short from following the Wiki links), but the music really lost me as it went on, a sort of glam-industrial Electronica that just isn't for me.

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Tue Mar 05 2024
3

First song was just okay, like a Gaga-esque pop-song. But the subsequent songs went full on avante-hyperpop. Kind of into those. Sucks she died, would have been nice to see what else they would have produced. I can see the appeal though, I think I'd be into a lot more pop music if this was the predominant style.

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Tue Mar 05 2024
3

Was put off by poppiness of the first song, but it got progressively more intense and experimental as it went along until I was finally on board.

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Fri Mar 15 2024
3

Definitely interesting and glad I listened, but not a big fan of the more abrasive stuff. I hadn't heard of her before, sad that she died much too young. 3 stars.

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Thu Apr 04 2024
3

This was a really interesting listen! Never heard of this artist before, and judging from the wikipedia page, the reason why this remains SOPHIE's only album is pretty tragic: Sophie had been taken to the hospital after accidentally falling three storeys (approximately 42 feet or 13 metres) from the rooftop of a building while attempting to take a picture of the full moon. Very creative and maybe even too much ideas crammed into a single album. Some songs had a Aphex Twin vibe, which is not a bad thing at all!

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Thu Feb 15 2024
2

Oh boy, this is a choice...for sure. I am far and away NOT the target audience of this one. This is so not my genre of choice that it's almost not fair for me to rate it. I really want to hate it, but it seems to be well produced, at least. There are so many worse albums in the book than this one, too, so it's far from a 1/5 to me. Respect if this is your jam; it's just not mine. Sad to hear about the artist's death and I do remember hearing about it when it happened.

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Sat Feb 17 2024
2

This album was a 50/50 for me. The 'heavier' songs I did not like. But the more dreamy ones were okay. But I had a little struggle to get to the end of this album

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Thu Feb 29 2024
2

4/10. The first two tracks sounded wildly different, and I didn't really like either of them. There is a lot going on in this album, and I admire the variety and experimentation, but it definitely isn't approachable. I could see this growing on me if I listened to more stuff like it, but I don't really see that in my future. I liked Immaterial alright, it felt a lot more digestible than the rest of the album. Glad I listened to it, didn't like it.

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Thu Apr 04 2024
2

I read that this was a producer and album was named best disco/electronic album of the year. This may be the case, but for me it was too much electro and too weird I'm afraid.

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Wed Apr 10 2024
2

I predicted this would be exactly what it was just looking at the album cover. Super-serious gay indie pop. Nailed it. Overall, pretty abrasive. Too disjointed to dance OR sit and listen to. I don't know where or when you'd crack this out; it felt like performance art more than music half the time. tbh the drone track was cool, I'd have listened to a full album of that. But it's a 2/5.

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Wed Mar 20 2024
1

She died at a young age in sad circumstances, so out of respect I will not say what I think about her creativity. But damn, she makes Björk look like Aqua

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Thu May 09 2024
3

Super unique album. Interesting artist history and story. Will check out their other works.

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Thu May 09 2024
3

Some songs I like a lot, and some some nice Kate Bush-ish vibes from time to time, but many of the songs did nothing for me.

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Sun May 19 2024
3

I'll give it more spins, especially since this was surprisingly fun.

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