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"Blue Madonna"

by Nicholas Mazur - Campus Talk Editor
Tue, Feb 6th 2018 11:00 pm

I’ve heard a couple of songs by BØRNS before reviewing its most recent album. Both songs had a sweet flavor when listening to them, and I’ve hooked them up to a couple of playlists, so when I saw he had a new album out, I figured it would at least have a couple of songs worth a replay or two.

“Blue Madonna” was not a name that popped out at me. It’s first track on Spotify, “God Save Our Young Blood-Lana Del Rey”, however, was a song that was playing my song, so to speak.

Lana Del Rey makes an appearance more than once in this album, and even just once is plenty to reel me in. Not only is she fantastic on her own, but here with BØRNS, she blends in seamlessly, like she’s been there the whole time.

BØRNS has a very gentle, smooth sound  that really flares out in this album.It doesn’t knock your socks off; more accurately, it snugs a pair of warm socks on your feet.

The rest of the album had a variety of songs that made it fairly well-rounded. BØRNS has a unique sound with his combination of instrumentation and voice. The singer plays to that strength very well in his work.

The one weakness I will say for this album is the range of voice. It is certainly interesting; However, his range has a limit and at times, you can feel it in this album. Although he does what he can with his range in creative ways and I certainly understand not everyone has a full range to work with, I would be remiss if I did not warn a considering listener of the peaks AND the pitfalls.

Overall, this is a solid album. Despite its certain limitations, it has a decent spread of sounds, moods and paces. It may not blow you away, but it’s got it where it counts and it even has a few certified jams, depending on your taste.

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