Copycat Killer [EP]

Album Review of Copycat Killer [EP] by Phoebe Bridgers.

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Copycat Killer [EP]

Phoebe Bridgers

Copycat Killer [EP] by Phoebe Bridgers

Release Date: Nov 20, 2020
Record label: !K7
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter

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Copycat Killer [EP] - Very Good, Based on 3 Critics

Pitchfork - 72
Based on rating 7.2/10

During the hellish week that we waited for the results of the U.S. presidential election, Phoebe Bridgers promised that if Trump lost, she would cover "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls. Her pledge felt partly like earnest emotional bargaining and partly like a joke, but when Bridgers, joined by Maggie Rogers, released the cover the following week, it was clear she took the challenge seriously: Bridgers' "Iris" transformed the alt-rock power anthem into a twangy, hushed plea for belonging.

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Clash Music - 70
Based on rating 7

For fans of Phoebe Bridgers' affecting indie-folk and first-class meme game, it's been a damn fine few days. First, we saw the promised release of a Goo Goo Dolls' 'Iris' cover with Maggie Rogers, becoming both artist's first #1 on the Digital Songs Sales Chart. Monday saw Bridgers share her annual Christmas song, her take on 'If We Make It Through December,' all proceeds to the Downtown Women's Center, helping support homeless women in Los Angeles.

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The Line of Best Fit - 70
Based on rating 7/10

More recently, her cover of "Iris" by The Goo Goo Dolls (a promise if Trump lost the election) received an ecstatic online response. Unsurprising, really - it is a maddeningly effective cover, a distillation of what makes Bridgers so special: wryness cut with sentimentality, extreme online-ness shot through with a primordial sadness. The Copycat Killer EP (named after one of Punisher's more opaque lines: "a copycat killer with a chemical cut / either I'm careless or I wanna get caught") is the latest in this series of home runs.

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