Crimson staff writer
Andrew K. Choe
“Blue Raspberry” showcases a developed, distinct sound that focuses on the hard realities and deceptions of love.
“Simple Like 17” paints a detailed, personal portrait of teenage angst while displaying foundations of exciting sonic combinations to come.
Despite flashes of promise, the album doesn’t fully realize the new AJR it hints at, reverting to well-worn pop hooks and a child’s view of the world.
With this stellar track, Stevens introduces a cohesive and compelling sound, one that sits with difficult feelings but still finds cause for celebration.
“Ten Planets” is neither warning nor prophecy — it is a compelling contemplation on the human capacity to find beauty in even the most dystopian settings, as well as its tendency to create instruments of oppression.
The eleven-track album unleashed Bridgers’s addictively cathartic blend of sorrow, humor, and anger on the world. It also opened up avenues for collaboration that would cement her role as not only the musical voice of today’s indie music scene, but also the embodiment of its spirit.
On this masterful 13-track record, Alex G grows out of the frustration that dominated his past albums and instead marvels at the grace and beauty in his world.