Sharp lyrics. Catchy choruses. Fuzzed-out guitar. Mitski’s "Puberty 2" is my favorite record in the store at the moment.
“A Loving Feeling” and “Fireworks” are two of the catchiest songs I have heard in a while. “A Burning Hill” is a somber acoustic song that warrants repeat listens. The jangly-guitared “My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars” weirded me out the first time I heard it but it’s become one of my favorites on the record, if not the favorite.
After watching her performance on the Blue Stage at the Pitchfork Festival this summer, I was navel-gazing at the Curbside Splendor table at the festival when I looked up and noticed Mitski herself was standing in front of me, browsing our fiction and nonfiction books. I didn’t get the chance to thank her for her music but I was able to catch most of her Q+A.
One tidbit: I found out that she is a Christina Aguilera fan. Who knew?
Any good album has songs that get better with time. I would put the first two tracks “Happy” and “Dan the Dancer” in this category. “Happy” begins slow with an unceasing drum sample before the chorus comes on strong and memorable. “Dan the Dancer” begins strong and whispery.
This is the sort of album that’s worth owning. I highly recommend it.