Album Review: Phoebe Green – Lucky Me | gigwise

Phoebe Green’s words sound like they were taken straight from a journal or a therapy session. “Nothing makes me feel better than wanting something I shouldn’t,” they sing on “Won’t Sit Still,” “I stay empty so I can consume” on the penultimate track “Leach “. Lucky Me, Green’s feature debut, is saturated with these thoughtful, self-aware remarks, and they take a magnifying glass to his predilections, habits, and thought patterns. They don’t find easy answers, but in plotting those uncomfortable feelings against a pop-and-synth fueled sound, Green is gratified with vulnerability if not complete catharsis.

I’m lucky has a new style and production: the guitars are out, the distortion is in. Beyond Green’s change of style, this accomplished production (duo Kaines and former Everything Everything guitarist Tom AD) takes the record away from prosaic chamber pop into fresher territory. “Make It Easy” is a highlight, with an R&B twist, electronic beats and sweeping synths that evoke a musical maturity miles away from the first singles.. Green embraced the zeitgeist aspects of bedroom dream pop that remain relevant to them as an artist while finding their own sound: a spin on what sounds like a coming-of-age record adult.

Nonetheless, while Green hoped to center his vocals in this new sound, the production sometimes trumps the vulnerable lyricism. On ‘Clean’, the distortion of their vocals later in the track makes it difficult to untangle the lyrics of an otherwise emotionally impactful song. The other pitfall of such a powerful soundscape is an inability to differentiate tracks. Despite clear surprises, other titles like “One You Want” and even “Sweat”, the first single from I’m lucky, turn out to be less memorable. Nonetheless, they provide sonic cohesion, and the relative weakness of Green’s single is a sign of their songwriting strength elsewhere on the album, and indicates what could be coming.

Lucky Me arrives August 19 via Chess Club Records.

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