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Critics' Reviews

80
The Guardian: 

The prevailing impression is that she has grown up and lightened up, the earnest, angsty moods replaced by an exuberant fusion of crunchy 1980s rock and noughties pop.

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75
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: 

Bittersweet brims with polished--and similarly Gwen-esque--hooks and pretty melodies.

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70
Billboard: 

Bittersweet World is a party worth attending, but not much is missed if your invite got lost in the mail.

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70
The New York Times: 

She's shameless enough to mimic Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne, Madonna and 1980s hits from Toni Basil, Tom Tom Club and Missing Persons. The shamelessness pays off in songs with crisp beats, teen-seeking choruses and cheerfully obvious lyrics.

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60
ROLLING STONE: 

On her third album, Simpson skillfully shifts her crunchy, guitar-driven pop to Eighties-influenced electro-rock with the help of Timbaland and the Neptunes' Chad Hugo.

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40
PopMatters: 

Predictably, adhering to the tacit rules of pop (succinctness, all star production, glossy sound and packaging with twist of street styling) has not produced any surprises but has instead cemented her position in the realm.

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37
LOS ANGELES TIMES: 

She has to, you know, sing. You can tell she's not into it.

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See all Bittersweet World reviews at metacritic.com