Madison Beer has been in the music scene since she was 13 years old making covers on YouTube in hopes that she would make it someday. Now, nine years later, she has released her debut album Life Support, and it is everything and more than we expected from the singer.
Although she has come out with singles such as “Dead” and “Say It to My Face” in the past, this album is her first big release. At the beginning of her rise to fame, she got noticed by Justin Bieber on Twitter, yet things only began to shift for her in the last year after becoming TikTok famous and promoting her music on the video-sharing app.
“Life Support” was co-written by Beer herself, and expresses a broad spectrum of sounds that give her more of an edge than her music in the past had given her. On top of powerful lyrics that showcase her maturing as a singer, Beer is diving deeper into a sound that finally showcases who she is as an artist.
The album starts with an angelic opening titled “The Beginning” and it sounds like we are being transcended into heaven with Beer’s calming yet powerful vocals. It’s less than a minute long yet sets the tone of what we should be expecting for the rest of the album. It leads into “Good In Goodbye”, which is a rage-filled song that spells out the words leading into the title of this track, “You put the ‘over’ in lover, put the ‘ex’ in next. Ain’t no ‘I’ in trouble, just the ‘U” since we met.”
“Default” is the next track on her album and it falls just under two minutes, but we wish it were longer. It’s a slower song, yet beautifully worded and changes the pop sound Beer had created for herself in past songs. “Follow the White Rabbit” immediately changes the mood with a unique and trippy sound with each second sounding different from the one before.
Beer sounds disturbingly similar to Ariana Grande in her next track “Effortlessly”, vocal and sound-wise. She goes from a softer-sounding voice to a powerful belt, which emphasizes what she is capable of as a singer with the vast amount of range in her voice.
“Stay Numb And Carry On” follows a slow, rhythmic sound with haunting vocals from Beer. Next is “Blue”, which definitely carries inspiration from Lana Del Rey, in the change of beat and highs and lows in her lyrics. This carries into the next track “Interlude”, a brief track that is predominantly Beer’s voice played over multiple melodies that transitions into an orchestra at the end.
“Homesick” is a soft melody for Beer, bringing more of an acoustic sound to the previous tracks that were more upbeat and energetic. “Selfish” brings multiple sounds within the track while sticking to the pop route the singer started with. The next track “Sour Times” provides an echoey rhythm with a choppy background that leads into an unexpected beat drop.
“BOYSHIT” is one of those scream the lyrics, dance until you can’t anymore, kind of songs filled with energy and a fun beat that we can’t get enough of. Next is “Baby” which begins to pick up towards the middle and go in a different route than the beginning of the track, providing confident lyrics from the singer. “Stained Glass” gives off more of a rock vibe, emphasizing the changes of sound within each one of the tracks.
“Emotional Bruises” is the next track and is about a hot and cold relationship which is told in a slow ballad. “Everything Happens For A Reason” is a relaxed melody where we can really hear the diversity of Beer’s vocals. Her last track “Channel Surfing/ The End” imitates channels clicking through all of the singer’s music, ending on a slow yet enthusiastic beat.
Although it took nine years for Madison Beer to come out with her first album, it was definitely worth the wait. We can’t wait to see what this promising singer has in store for the rest of her music career and in the future.
Our Favorite Tracks (in no particular order):
- Stained Glass
- Sour Times
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