I love slick pop with good hooks. I love music that makes me think while it’s making me want to dance.
“It’s too heavy a load. Let it go before your back gets broke,” she sings on “Waterfall.” And continues: “Don’t always have to be strong. Baby let it fall. Like a waterfall.” There has never been a more soulful, bluesy, and HOPEFUL song about depression. “Baby we can talk. If you wanna talk.”
And the whole album is like that. Songs about the little things that bring closeness and hope and joy. “Thinking about you got me in a good mood” she sings about what if feels like to have someone devoted to you. Someone who is kind even when they’re mad. Even a sad love song like “Bus Stop” recognizes lost love as a rite of passage. “Differently” talks of reconciliation. “I welcome the pain, won’t give up the chase, I found my back to myself,” is how she closes the album. With redemption.
These days, albums are overstuffed. They can extend for twenty tracks or more, in this webosphere of unlimited space. Just about every new record I hear needs more editing.
Not this one. It’s perfect. As soon as it was over, I wanted more.
I could praise this album for the rest of the year.
RUNNER UP: OBVIOUSLY by LAKE STREET DIVE
Lake Street Dive are always good for some accessible, hip-swaying pop. Obviously does not disappoint in that regard. My only criticism is that it’s a little too light. There aren’t enough songs that stay with you when the whole thing is done. But while you’re in it, it’s a good ride. Good record.