I became a big fan of Phoebe Bridgers when I first heard and then bought her joint album with Conor Oblerst under the band name of Better Oblivion Community Center in 2019. This led me to all kinds of fabulous music she has recorded herself (Stranger in the Alps – her debut album) and with others, including her female bandmates in boygenius, as well as song pairings with Matt Berninger of The National, Lord Huron, The 1975, and other artists.
She also has performed superb covers of songs by The Cure (Friday, I’m in Love), Manchester Orchestra (Gold), and Wheatus (Teenage Dirtbag). I highly recommend checking these out.
Fans have been anxiously awaiting her new album release Punisher, which came out on June 18th. We were already entranced by the videos for “Garden Song,” “Kyoto,” and “I See You,” as well as her fun, eclectic performances from various rooms in her Silver Lake neighborhood/LA home, dressed in pajamas during the Covid-19 pandemic. We would NOT be disappointed!
Punisher is an eleven (11) track lyrical and cosmic soundtrack of our times that are often filled with heartbreak, dystopian doom, dread, and fear.
- DVD Menu
- Garden Song
- Halloween – with Conor Oblerst
- Chinese Satellite
- Moon Song
- Savior Complex
- I See You
- Graceland Too – with her buddies from boygenius
- I Know The End – with boygenius, Conor Oblerst, and others
Phoebe packs a powerful punch through her lyrics, by penning some of the most introspective and poignant songs heard in many decades. At the same time, her soothing voice provides an oasis of comfort amid the mayhem surrounding us. No other song I’ve heard in many years amplifies and personifies this dichotomy than the ending track on the album, “I Know The End.”
Every song on the album is worthy of praise. Not a weak tune to be found anywhere on this album. Listeners will be in sonic bliss for good 45 minutes from start to finish. Just put the headphones on to enjoy her masterful music and be thankful for the tremendous talent and insights that Phoebe Bridgers is sharing with all of us. Peace!
Here are links to some of the great music discussed in this blogpost available through Amazon.com.*
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