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Singular: Act I is Sabrina Carpenter's third studio album which was released on November 9, 2018 by Hollywood Records.

The album peaked at #103 on the Billboard 200.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Almost Love 3:32
  2. Paris 3:38
  3. Hold Tight 2:55
  4. Sue Me 2:59
  5. Prfct 2:46
  6. Bad Time 3:04
  7. Mona Lisa 2:18
  8. Diamonds Are Forever 3:50

Album BackgroundEdit

Carpenter began teasing the album in May 2018 with the release of the album's lead single "Almost Love."

On June 2, 2018, she released a trailer directed by Lauren Dunn, which coincided with her performance of "Almost Love" at Wango Tango.

In the trailer, she announced that the album was called Singular and that it was scheduled for a winter 2018 release.

On June 22, 2018, Carpenter revealed in an interview on the Zach Sang Show that her previous two singles "Why" and "Alien" would not appear on the album.

On October 1, 2018, Carpenter performed "Almost Love" on The Late Late Show With James Corden.

During the performance, she ripped off a piece of the set wall revealing a part of the album cover art. Then at the end of the performance, she spray painted "11/9" on the wall indicating that the album was scheduled for release on November 9, 2018.

On October 15, 2018, Carpenter posted a teaser of a song off Singular later revealed to be "Hold Tight".

On October 22, 2018, Carpenter formally announced the album and announced that it would be released in two "acts" with Act I being released on November 9, 2018, and Act II "coming soon." She also released Act I's full cover art and track list that day.

CompositionEdit

Musically, "Singular: Act I" is a dance-pop album.

The album opens with lead single "Almost Love", which Mike Nied of Idolator described as an "edgy anthem." The song contains "intermittent whistles and drums" and is about a relationship ready to take the next step.

"Paris" is "an ode to the city of love" that reminds the singer of a Los Angeles lover while in Paris. "Hold Tight" is a "slinky and vaguely retro R&B" song that is the album's sole collaboration.

"Sue Me" is described as a "sassy kiss-off" that talks about the end of a relationship. Carpenter has also described the song as representing pure confidence.

"Prfct" is a song discussing the reality of love; the song's production puts Carpenter's vocals at the forefront. "Bad Time" is a "synth-driven" song.

Nied described "Mona Lisa" as "enticing" and containing "flirty and creative lines."

The album's closing track, "Diamonds Are Forever" sees Carpenter recognizing her worth. It contains soulful vocals from her. Julian de Valliere of The Line of Best Fit called the song a "theatrical belter."

Critical ReceptionEdit

Mike Nied of Idolator wrote that the album is an "eight-track collection is jam-packed with bop after bop."

He called the album "lush with potential hits" and "another near-perfect work from one of the industry’s brightest young stars."

Larisha Paul of EarMilk rated the album 9.0 out of ten, giving praise to Carpenter's vocals, writing that "her inarguable dynamic vocal performances that remain consistent in every track is what sets her apart from the rest."

Julian de Valliere, writing for The Line of Best Fit, rated the album 7.5 out of 10, stating that "it’s certainly no small triumph that Singular: Act I stands so firmly by itself – and its creation marks an exciting new phase of an artist properly coming into her own."

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