Monday, November 4th, 2019

King Princess – Prophet

We predict a well-scoring day!


Alfred Soto: The keyboard momentum to which Princess accommodates herself has the erotic charge of mid-tier R&B, the most attractive music with which she’s been involved. 

Kayla Beardslee: I’ve seen a fair amount of reactions saying that King Princess’s debut album is too midtempo and samey for its own good. I don’t necessarily agree with that, but “Prophet” is certainly one of Cheap Queen‘s more interesting tracks. Besides its little details, like the cash register dings and prophet/profit wordplay, the song manages to create a patient, palpable atmosphere without fading into mellowness. Lasting an unusually long two minutes after its second chorus, the track slowly builds up into a haze of electric guitar and echoey vocals, taking the lushest, breathiest aspects of King Princess’s voice and combining it with an appropriately melodic take on her indie-pop-rock sound. 

Oliver Maier: Another listenable but ultimately uninterested-sounding slow jam from King Princess, calling to mind “Run Me Through” (which she remixed) with little of the murky sensuality or drama. Not a great sign when the only lyrical moment that stands out is a groan-inducing prophet/profit rhyme.

Kylo Nocom: “Everyone wants something from your soul on the molly” and an obvious “prophet/profit” pun are the only obstacles to greatness here. Nothing here is as lyrically wry as “Pussy is God,” nor as convincing, but King Princess adequately outlines sexual desire in terms both concrete and abstract. She enunciates each pair of syllables in the chorus as if retracing what’s been occupying her head space, each time lingering before that final word: “you.” Her fascination with trip hop beats and soul licks has never been cultivated to such gorgeous results, the highlights being the kick drums following the syllables of the chorus and the guitar screeches lying underneath her final Mike Hadreas-esque coos. She doesn’t have to spell out how you’re so hot it’s hurting her feelings. By the end, you can feel her pain too.

Tobi Tella: King Princess has basically pigeonholed herself into the niche of the chill pop lesbian, and while I don’t dislike it, it would be nice for her to evolve and do something different. This isn’t that, but the production’s nice and the lyrics are fun new ways to express the same themes she has before.

Alex Clifton: “I just want to be your pretty girl when you want it” sums up how I felt at 20 so hard it hurts. I could do without the lines about prodigies and profits as I’m not sure what they add to the song, but I’m glad that Melodrama is still inspiring bops from other young artists.

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