Poppy I Disagree Album Review
YouTube sensation Poppy, is back with her third album, I Disagree. On her new LP, the singer focuses on the themes of Death, Rebirth, and liberation. This is her first album with the record label Sumerian.
I Disagree sees Poppy transform, embracing a dark, nu-metal inspired side. There are, however, things that stay the same, one of them being the repetitive Twitter bot-esque lyrics. This is evident from the start with Concrete, a track that lyrically shouldn’t make sense. However, Poppy’s vocal styling and the incredible production turns this into an infectious opening. The lyrics to Concrete will serve to have a deeper meaning to the album.
The title track follows a brilliant track that embraces the heavier side of the album. The lyrics are compelling circling around destroying the conception the public has of her. There is slight anger to her voice with explodes on BLOODMONEY. The track features a great guitar breakdown before switching to harmonic pianos and it’s that ease to genre mix that’s so enticing.
Anything like Me is one of the best tracks on the album. The track is filled with musical complexity, and while the chorus is repetitive, the lyrics are filled with bracing sincerity and self-reflection. I get the sense that this track is possibly about the current legal action against her for plagiarism.
Fill the Crown which follows offers brilliant gothic growls and angelic harmonies. The lyrics hit a powerful cord, and see Poppy beginning to break free of the prison her persona has created. Nothing I Need sees Poppy return to her pop side, with a slow angelic track, that shows her softer side.
This doesn’t last long with the next track featuring a techno intro and sporadic beat. The pace complements the lyrics and theme of the song. The track deals with unrelenting control others had over her persona and the frustration it caused. This is continued on Bite Your Teeth, the frustration is oozing through the lyrics and vocals, to make magic. I love how heavy this track gets before petering out into an orchestral piece signifying the torment and need to bite her tongue is over.
Sick of the Sun is a haunting track that deals with betrayal, self-doubt and the wish to hide from the world. I love the haunting tempo compared to the rest of the album. This is where Poppy’s musical complexity begins to sign but the album closure is where she glows.
Don’t Go Outside is a 6 -minute haunting epic that brings together all the themes Poppy explores on I Disagree. While this isn’t the catchiest it is the most honest track on the album. The gentle guitar carries the pace until it’s let lose is short but intense solos. The album closes with Poppy signing “You can be anyone you want to be” signifying this is a new rebooted Poppy.
I Disagree is a brilliantly cathartic experience that shows levels of growth both personally and musically. Poppy has perfectly demonstrated how something may seem fine on the surface but underneath not everything is as it seems. That nuance is what for me makes this such a compelling album.
Poppy has perfectly demonstrated how something may seem fine on the surface but underneath not everything is as it seems. That nuance is what for me makes this such a compelling album.