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to hell with it

by PinkPantheress

Released October 15, 2021 via Elektra Records / Parlophone Records

Reviewed October 26, 2021

Top tracks (based on community voting)
Pain (64%), Just for me (46%), I must apologize (36%)

Love has a strange way of pulling your mind’s every thought into a knot. For PinkPantheress, articulating those thoughts effortlessly untangle such a knot. Her heart is running like a chicken with its head cut off. With no idea how to react to a love this deep, to hell with it beats at a mile a minute. Drums kick, a bass rattles your thoughts, and its heart is pounding. You just want to dance; she loves someone, without the slightest idea how to make it as clear to them as it is for her. The words begin to pour out, as intimate as any diary entry; the kind one would keep in one of those little locks on, so nobody could read it. PinkPantheress, with a voice as tender as any, remains confident. A confidence that makes all the surface level sappiness undeniably real. Her conviction supersedes everything, removing all doubt that she’s swifter than any of the beats on this brisk mixtape. Whether in pain or reveling in her deepest passions, PinkPantheress’ convictions crystallize that she’s here to stay. – Ben (Synth) (8/10)

PinkPantheress, with the support of Parlophone records, has doubled her five-song streaming catalogue with the release of an impromptu debut mixtape. to hell with it is the English singer’s savvy, low-stakes response to the meteoric rise in the demand for her bite-sized songs. Rather than attempting to present herself in a complete manner, PinkPantheress feeds into the mystique surrounding her handful of massively successful singles by doubling down; maintaining the recipe that has made her a star. The singer’s soft spoken voice and stoic intonation are a hard clash against the swift and colorful instrumentals she uses as canvas; her striking disposition alongside her lyrical themes of coming of age have accurately reflected the current generation of growing adults. Now, PinkPantheress has some time to begin working on a debut album, at which point it’ll be seen if she’ll be a truly versatile force in pop music. – DeVán (7.7/10)

to hell with it is the debut mixtape of PinkPantheress. The mixtape runs down a similar lane to the late 90's early 00's UK scene, but adds a modern flavour to it. Splashing atmospheric soundscapes with pop characteristics, adding drum and bass' flare and condensing the outcome into readily manageable material seems to have produced a whirlwind of influence. PinkPantheress came to prominence through the use of her music on TikTok; perfectly digestible slices of pop goodness serenaded by any which way of entertainment. The chances of it catching on were relatively high, but the music stands on its own two feet. The lack of personal information surrounding the PinkPantheress persona adds to the overall chemistry of the music, making it somewhat detached and sweetly sullen. It's warming to see prestigious labels such as Parlophone and Elektra showing interest in something that reels around the bedroom pop fountain. – Peter (7.5/10)

Pablo: 9/10 | Alan: 8.5/10 | Pax: 8.2/10 | Ben (Synth): 8/10 | Cam: 8/10

Dominick: 8/10 | Hadley: 8/10 | Daniel: 7.8/10

DeVán: 7.7/10 | Peter: 7.5/10 | Jared: 6/10


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