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  • Summary: The debut full-length studio release for the daughter of Neneh Cherry includes production from MNEK, Steve Mac, and Fraser T Smith.
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Finders Keepers
Yeah Yo yo yo yo Mabel, uh Mama, don't run away You know I got it, I know you want it I'm a full call away on my mind I know that you wanna stay Let... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Aug 5, 2019
    80
    As a debut album it goes over well, with a convincing display of versatility and quality songwriting that firmly establishes Mabel as a force to be reckoned with in UK pop.
  2. Aug 14, 2019
    70
    Sometimes they feel almost too airbrushed, with Mabel playing it a little too safe to qualify being described as wholly original or progressive. There are moments of talent and flair, but it would’ve also been refreshing to hear more personality (and less autotune). Nevertheless, it’s an album that contains some real highlights.
  3. Mabel’s gorgeous silky vocals soar, the glossy production is stellar, but the exuberance and effervescent attitude that make tunes like ‘Don’t Call Me Up’ so brilliant aren’t found throughout.
  4. Aug 2, 2019
    60
    As it is, you’re left with a solid, well-made pop album that occasionally hints its maker might be more interesting and individual: time will show if that’s the case, but the immediate future seems secure.
  5. Uncut
    Aug 2, 2019
    60
    Despite some pleasant enough tunes, she lacks the vocal charisma to stand out from other wannabe Rihannas, Mileys and Dua Lipas. [Aug 2019, p.29]
  6. Aug 8, 2019
    60
    There’s no faux-earnestness here. Whether Mabel is singing about messy break ups, mental health or empowering herself to move on, High Expectations is effortlessly cool.
  7. Aug 14, 2019
    50
    She sounds set in her ways, reluctant to break free of the trends which made her and so many other acts of today famous.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Aug 11, 2019
    10
    The album is effortlessly cool and a huge grower, one you definitely won't be bored of after a week on repeat.

    While initially appearing to
    The album is effortlessly cool and a huge grower, one you definitely won't be bored of after a week on repeat.

    While initially appearing to be safe and generic, you discover a lot more to it with every listen. Her voice is very easy to listen to and sounds gorgeous in the intro and outro, We Don't Say and the bridge of Put Your Name On It. Mad Love is catchy as hell as is Trouble - the two highlights for me although everything on here is at least a solid 9.

    Critics have sadly all underrated this with freakishly similar ratings but don't let the metascore fool you.
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  2. BGV
    Aug 6, 2019
    10
    One of the best pop albums of 2019 so far! Mabel is surely one of the hottest exports to come out of England in recent years with confidentOne of the best pop albums of 2019 so far! Mabel is surely one of the hottest exports to come out of England in recent years with confident pop and catchy productions! Expand
  3. Aug 2, 2019
    7
    El album esta bien,pudo haber sorprendido un poco mas despues de singles tan buen como mad love o bad behaviour,tener parte de mas baladas oEl album esta bien,pudo haber sorprendido un poco mas despues de singles tan buen como mad love o bad behaviour,tener parte de mas baladas o algo aun mas bailable y que no fuese tan repititivo en algunas partes,pero aun asi se le ve un gran futuro a la cantante Expand
  4. Oct 9, 2019
    7
    I believe the only mistake is that there are no tracks that better explore Mabel's vocals
      However, as much as it is not a great pop album,
    I believe the only mistake is that there are no tracks that better explore Mabel's vocals
      However, as much as it is not a great pop album, it remains linear from beginning to end.
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  5. Aug 7, 2019
    7
    Love the mixture between R&B and Pop Mabel has accomplished with this tremendous Debut. The issue is there are a few skip tracks and you knowLove the mixture between R&B and Pop Mabel has accomplished with this tremendous Debut. The issue is there are a few skip tracks and you know it’s a debut I found better Ivy To Roses singles than High Expectation but Mabel CONGRATS Expand
  6. Aug 3, 2019
    6
    Eu definitivamente não vou me esquecer e nem deixar de amar os singles "Don't Call Me Up" e "Mad Love", porém esperava um pouco mais do álbum.Eu definitivamente não vou me esquecer e nem deixar de amar os singles "Don't Call Me Up" e "Mad Love", porém esperava um pouco mais do álbum. É bem repetitivo e quando termina sentimos falta de baladas (Especialmente uma que mostrasse o ótimo alcance vocal que a intérprete tem) e outras músicas incrivelmente pop como os primeiros singles. Mas minha 'expectativa' foi salva por canções ótimas como "Trouble" e "Selfish Love". Expand