If you’re familiar with the app TikTok, then no doubt you’ve heard a song by the artist Mitski. TikTok popularized many of her previous songs, including her 2018 hit single “Nobody.” With anticipation for another album intensifying among her loyal and sizeable TikTok fanbase, Mitski released her sixth album Laurel Hell on February 4th, 2022.
The 80’s synth-pop sound makes Laurel Hell feel unique and unrecognizable compared to past work. While the album’s sound may seem different, Mitski remains true to her sentimental lyrics. The album takes listeners on a rollercoaster of emotions. The song “Love Me More” is about measuring one’s self-worth on how much love a partner gives you. The chorus, “I need you to love me more, love me more, love enough to drown it out,” reveals that Mitski lacks self-love and needs to be loved by someone to “drown out” her insecurities.
Some believe Laurel Hell is not Mitski’s best work. Nonetheless, it is essential to note that this album is experimental, and the personal lyrics are unique to Mitski. My favorite songs from this album are “The Only Heartbreaker” and “Should’ve Been Me.”
Mitski exposes an untapped side of her artistry, proving that she can stay true to her sentimental side while venturing into a more mature vibe. If you are in the mood for a different experience, check out Laurel Hell. Mitski is at her best.