While some of the tracks on her latest record fail to anchor, Jepsen almost certainly sticks the landing on the majority of her long-awaited, latest project. Acting as a semi-hopeful, semi-elegiac update on her personal life, the cult heavyweight seems more concerned with the nature of her love rather than the relationships themselves, the record being a less explosive take on the subjectivity of "true love."
The reformed Vampire Weekend has produced perhaps the most scenic and thematically spectral record of the year. The lyrics, to my understanding, attempt to reconcile individuality with the metaphysical aspects of marriage and ecology, particularly our own kinship with earth in relation to how we identify and categorize ourselves economically, religiously, and so on. Ezra chooses to tackle multitudinous archetypal experiences here to great effect.
While the record doesn't really pick up steam until the mid-section, the highs make the sparse buildup mostly worthwhile. The instrumentation is lavish throughout and Kelsey's interspersed vocals complement the music very well, particularly the isolated axioms and aesthetic speech-thoughts that float around. That said, the album feels a little undercooked and certain sections, particularly the beginning and end, fail to keep hold of my attention.
A simple yet effective spring vibe record. It doesn't overstay its welcome or interrupt the atmosphere more than you'd want. The instrumental palette is crisp yet melodically hazy with relatively repetitive chords and lyrics that serve as imagery rather than narrative. Decent soundtrack for hanging outside right now given that the established tone lends itself best to spring and would be genuinely uninteresting without the seasonal context.
While this record lacks some of Lewis' usual character, her development as a songwriter is foregrounded to great effect. It's especially rewarding if you're a fan to see the wisdom and polish she has applied to her writing style. That said, Lewis' latest record feels a bit more streamlined with many lyrical concepts slightly undercooked for the sake of restraint. I feel that I appreciated this album more than I enjoyed it if that makes sense.