Elle King’s new album is a step in a new direction as opposed to her previous albums. This one still has her edge and her big, unique voice, which is showcased in her song “Shame.”
She talks about being a “spark under your halo” but “mama doesn’t know,” of course, because she considers a “woman who wants to roll” shameful. King encourages the listener to follow her without feeling like it needs to be hidden.
In fact, King expresses that maybe the things we do aren’t shameful by saying she “ain’t got no shame.” Partying and drinking are some nearby sparks to light some halos, and the song helps hit this hammer home.
The video flashes between different scenes with King dressed in different clothes, but always surrounded by many people dressed the exact same in some sort of jumpsuits following her lead.
This shows that she differs from society in how she deals with her “trouble” calling her name.
Another noteworthy song of the album is “Man’s Man.” The lyrics are about a toxic relationship, leaving the door open for some dramatic cinema.
There is a lot of lying, cheating and revenge going on, and “Now you can go and be some other man’s man.”
College is a time where young adults meet tons of new people and, potentially, have their first or longest relationship.
If an individual today hasn’t been in a toxic relationship themselves, they know someone who has; college is the time we figure out how to handle a significant other, after all.
In another one of King’s songs, “Sober,” she talks about a bottle of wine in front of her and how hard it is not to drink it because she is an addict. She eventually gives in and drinks anyway.
She starts thinking about all the problems she has caused and how she will fix it all when she’s sober. Many face alcoholism as illustrated by King, “now it’s every other night/But also the nights in between.”
Alcoholism is a problem on college campuses, where social drinking to excess is commonplace. Hopefully, this song will resonate with some people who are struggling with the disease, and let them know they’re not alone.
Overall, the best part of King’s album are her lyrics. They always describe what she is going through in a way that can relate to other people. Her voice and the music itself is lacking a bit because the music itself all sounds the same.
But that’s okay with me. The content of the songs and their relatability carry the album to success.