Boston's singer-songwriter Clairo (Claire Cottrill) started out with the
bedroom-pop of the single Pretty Girl (2017) and the
EP Diary 001 (2018). Her first album
Immunity (2019) spawned the hit singles
Bags, a sophisticated form of bedroom-pop, and especially the catchy and danceable Sofia in the vein of
synth-pop of the 1980s.
This idea of matching electronic beats to classic singer-songwriter confessions yields a couple more songs of discreet emotional impact
(the nocturnal Closer to You, the dreamy Impossible)
but it quickly becomes a monotonous experience.
Sling (2021) is a more dignified effort in the singer-songwriter style of the 1970s, but too derivative of the originals.
If the piano lullaby Harbor is the most original moment,
Amoeba sounds like a lost Todd Rundgren ditty,
Blouse feels like a variation on Simon & Garfunkel's I Am A Rock,
and we keep hearing echoes of the Beatles in Bambi and in Wade
until closer Management sounds like a remix of the Beatles' Eleanor Rigby.
To complete the nostalgic tribute to the 1970s,
the instrumental Joanie echoes
Leon Russell's piano-driven saloon soul-rock
and there's even
the trotting country rhythm of Reaper.
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