Let me begin my review by saying that this is going to be somewhat biased as I am a huge fan of Melanie Martinez. I am essentially a crybaby (pun very much intended).
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Famed for her half-and-half hair color (which I will probably never dare to try), Melanie Martinez is a 21-year-old singer/songwriter hailing from New York, U.S.A. She gained popularity during her time as a contestant in the 3rd cycle of The Voice; yet another singing competition like American Idol. I honestly don’t remember her much from The Voice as I rarely watched it, but I was reminded of her when her song Soap become popular on the look-at-my-excessive-hand-motions music video making app, musical.ly.
She gained popularity for her dark wave-esque sound and absolutely spine-chilling lyrics. She released Dollhouse in April 2014, in which the US Weekly describes as haunting. Her debut album, Crybaby, was released on August 14th, 2015. The lead single, Pity Party, has recently began playing on hitz.fm. When I first heard it in my room, I rushed to my phone (while screaming internally) to message a college friend of mine, Shannon, who introduced me to Melanie Martinez’s other songs.
So, for my general idea of Melanie Martinez’s “Crybaby”:
I LOVE IT.
I couldn’t possibly emphasize that any more through text (bold font, underline and caps lock aren’t enough to express my love for Melanie Martinez). The child-like aura and lyrics and even her dressing is everything I never knew I was looking for. I’ve always been into the alternative genre of music. I grew up listening to the sounds of Tokio Hotel, Black Veil Brides, and also the cringe-worthy songs of Blood on the Dance Floor and Jeffree Star(who now has an insanely popular cosmetic brand). Her music just begs to be heard to by “crybabies” out there; people who have grown up to see the world for what it truly is, yet on the inside, they are still a child or want to be a child again. She has produced music videos for about 7 songs from the Crybaby album, including a double feature of Soap and Training Wheels. The entire album tells the story of her character, “Crybaby” and her “picture-perfect” life.
Every single song on the album, from EP tracks to bonus content, is pure unadulterated genius. They have this goosebump-forming ability and you just KNOW that it’s a good song. Most of her songs can be used to make people appreciate or question your music taste. For example, the song Carousel, the theme song of Freakshow, the fourth season of American Horror Story, has all the vibes of a song you think you’d hear in a haunted carnival; creepy and eerie. The song Teddy Bear has a seemingly innocent feel but when you get to the chorus, she busts out a “wow, I did not expect that.” lyric:
“Everything was so sweet, until you tried to kill me.”
Harping on that note, Melanie is obviously a lyrical maestro. In the song Alphabet Boy, her lyrics have a theme where they follow the alphabet. I didn’t notice this at first until I read a Tumblr post talking about this a couple months back.
Don’t understand what I mean? Have a look for yourself:
Always aiming paper airplanes at me when you’re around
You build me up like building blocks just so you can bring me down
You can crush my candy cane but you’ll never catch me cry
If you dangle that diploma & I deck you, don’t be surprised
Apples aren’t always appropriate apologies
Butterscotch and bubblegum drops are bittersweet to me
You call me a child while you keep counting all your coins
But you’re not my daddy & I’m not your dolly & your dictionary’s destroyed
Did you notice the ABCD pattern in the words? Because I sure as heck didn’t the first time I heard it!
The only negative thing I will write about is the fact that she has not come down to Malaysia for a concert. I literally cannot find a single flaw in her music, other than the (somewhat necessary) profanity which just gives the song its harshness and “so-done-with-your-s**t” feel.
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Ashleigh Kydd is a 17-going-on-18 first year Arts & Social Science undergraduate student. She has been passionate about books and literature since her pre-pubescent days and has thankfully stuck with it until now. Influenced by the works of dystopian-themed book authors, such as Suzanne Collins and Veronica Roth, she has written creative pieces for both leisure and college assignments. Her favorite types of writing include sassy reviews and dark poetry. She can occasionally be found watching gory special effects make-up tutorials while blasting post-hardcore or mainstream music.