Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides

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Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides
Album cover, depicting Sophie wearing a dress and sitting on a platform in a purple pool of water, in a hazy backdrop with a purple sky. Her dress seems to be made of coloured plastic, a bronze or brass looking choker is around her neck, and one of her legs is covered with a green legging.
Studio album by
Released15 June 2018
Sophie chronology
Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides
Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides — Non Stop Remix Album
Singles from Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides
  1. "It's Okay to Cry"
    Released: 23 October 2017[3]
  2. "Ponyboy"
    Released: 8 December 2017[4]
  3. "Faceshopping"
    Released: 16 February 2018[5]

Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides (stylised in all caps) is the debut studio album by Scottish recording artist and producer Sophie, released on 15 June 2018, through Transgressive, Future Classic and her own label, MSMSMSM.[6][7] According to one source, the title may be a variant spelling of the phrase "I love every persons insides".[8] Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides was met with widespread acclaim by critics and received a nomination for the Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.[9]


Three singles have been released off the album—"It's Okay to Cry", "Ponyboy", and "Faceshopping".[10] The first single, "It's Okay to Cry", was a ballad in which Sophie included her own vocals for the first time.[11]

The second single, "Ponyboy", was released in December 2017. For its music video, Sophie worked with performance collective FlucT to choreograph "a dramatized ménage à trois".[12] The most recent single, "Faceshopping", deals with gender, beauty, and the body. Its accompanying music video distorts 3D renderings of Sophie's face, intercut with strobing images.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[16]
The Guardian4/5 stars[18]
NME4/5 stars[19]
The Observer3/5 stars[20]
Q4/5 stars[21]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[1]
The Times3/5 stars[22]
Vice (Expert Witness)A−[23]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides received an average score of 86, based on 21 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[15] Writing for Pitchfork, Sasha Geffen praised the album as "sprawling and beautiful, while still keeping the disorienting, latex-pop feel of her fascinating production technique" and said that while Sophie's "early singles exhibited a keen feel for economy and a killer sense of humor, OIL makes a bid for transcendent beauty."[2] Peter Boulos of Exclaim! said, "For all the praise that could be heaped on the bulk of Sophie's output, the best that comes to mind is that it sounds like no one else could have made Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides. This is the kind of music that, in 20 years, we may look back on as a pivotal point in changing the trajectory of the pop music sound."[17]

Reviewing the album for AllMusic, Heather Phares compared it favorably to Sophie's preceding release Product, claiming "Sophie is never indecisive as she takes her sounds and concepts to extremes. Where Product felt like a collection of alien pop hits, Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides abounds with interludes, passages, and major statements that allow her to dig deeper on the album's second half."[16] Joe Rivers of Clash wrote, "Sophie manages to incorporate the personal without detracting from what set her apart in the first place, and it makes for a record that's as affecting as it is thrilling."[24]

Pitchfork included the album on their list of the best albums of the 2010s, placing it at number 74.[25]


Year-end lists
Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Crack Magazine The Top 50 Albums of 2018
Noisey The 100 Best Albums of 2018
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2018
Stereogum The 10 Best Electronic Albums of 2018
Uproxx 20 Must-Hear Pop Albums of 2018
Ceremony Category Result Ref.
61st Grammy Awards Best Dance/Electronic Album Nominated [31]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Sophie; except tracks 3–5, 8 and 9, co-written by Cecile Believe.[32]

1."It's Okay to Cry"3:51
4."Is It Cold in the Water?"3:32
6."Not Okay"1:49
9."Whole New World / Pretend World"9:08
Total length:39:55




  • Eric Wrenn – art direction
  • Charlotte Wales – photography
  • Julia Wagner – set design
  • Coco Campbell – dress design
  • Emily Schubert – dress design
  • B34 – textiles
  • Nick Harwood – creative direction
  • Sophie – creative direction


Chart (2018) Peak
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[33] 6
UK Album Downloads (OCC)[34] 87
UK Dance Albums (OCC)[35] 7
UK Independent Album Breakers (OCC)[36] 20
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[37] 21
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[38] 20

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various 15 June 2018 Digital download [6][7]
21 December 2018 12" [39]

Remix album[edit]

Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides Non Stop Remix Album
Remix album by
ReleasedJuly 2019
Sophie chronology
Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides
Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides Non Stop Remix Album

Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides Remix Album (stylised in all caps) is the first remix album by Scottish recording artist and producer Sophie. It features alternative versions and remixes of songs from her debut studio album Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides as well as new songs.

The album was announced during a red carpet interview at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.[40] In July 2019, the remix album was released as part of an exclusive 3-CD set limited to 100 copies that includes the dual disc remix album, the original Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides album, as well as a clutch bag featuring its artwork.[41] The remix album was later released as a "non-stop" mix on YouTube on 29 July,[42] and then on digital and streaming platforms on September 6.[43]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
1."Cold World"4:26
2."Not Okay (Alone Remix)"1:24
3."XTC Acid"3:12
4."Ponyboy (Megadog)"4:57
5."Push Emission (Whore moans)"5:27
6."Ponyboy (Faast Boy Remix)"5:44
7."Faceshopping (Lipstick Gel Remix)"2:45
8."Not Okay (Machine World)"1:45
9."Whole New World (Doss and Sophie Remix)"3:30
10."Infatuation (Lichtbogen Dreamin' Remix)"5:08
11."Faceshopping (Euphoric Reduce Me To Nothingness Remix)"5:11
12."Pretending I Give In (Let Go)"4:07
Side 2
1."Pretending (Glasshouse)"6:07
2."Whole New World (Big Kiss Remix)"3:09
3."Pony Whip" (Featuring BC Kingdom)4:11
4."Faceshopping (Money Mix)" (Featuring Bibi Bourelly)3:54
5."Pretend World (Shop Front)"3:08
7."Cold Water"3:41
8."Dive (SDF)"1:49
9."Infatuation (Sunlight Zone)"1:08
10."Infatuation (Twilight Zone)"1:29
11."Infatuation (Midnight Zone)"5:55
12."Infatuation (The Abyss)"0:59
13."Infatuation (The Trenches)"8:01
Total length:1:34:48

When added to digital and streaming platforms, "Leeds Heaven And Hell" was renamed to "Pretending (Glasshouse)" and "Infatuation (The Abyss)" was misspelled as "Infutation". Several additional errors were made when the album was released on Apple Music and iTunes in the United Kingdom; the album's title was incorrectly punctuated as "Oil Of Every Pearl's (Un-Insides Non-Stop Remix Album)", and "Faceshopping (Money Mix)" was simply labelled as "Faceshopping".

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Various July 2019 Compact disc
27 July 2019 YouTube
8 September 2019 Digital download


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