>> Ängie made a name for herself with upbeat pop and controversial lyrics. On her first full album, Suicidal Since 1995, she switches gears into dark melancholia.
Ängie’s voice is like no other. She mixes and matches the best qualities of other pop vocals into something otherworldly. The vocals turn Suicidal Since 1995 from a generic pop album into something dark, dramatic, and a little spooky. Picture Kali Uchis singing from inside a dungeon, and you’ve got a sense of this album’s sound.
There isn’t much going on in the background of this album. No crazy synth work, no wild solos, just the bare minimum to back up the lyrics. On any other album, this would be boring, repetitive, or just bad. Somehow, Ängie makes it work. Each thing happening under the lyrics is intentional. It’s not boring, it’s minimal.
Speaking of synths, Ängie’s perfected the bass-synth tone. Suicidal Since 1995 is full of rhythms with more feeling than sound. The bass burrows its way into your chest, reverberating through your ribcage. This is an album that deserves more than earbuds. Try it with a subwoofer and you won’t go back.
Ängie definitely plays to her strengths. Suicidal Since 1995 still sounds great on the fifth, sixth, or seventh listen, but you can tell it’ll get old after a while. It definitely comes across as a debut album. Where Ängie is solidifying her sound before expanding out to try new things. It’s good for a new artist to figure themselves out, but the lack of variety leaves a bit to be desired.
In the car world, there’s something called a Superleggera. It’s a race-ready version of a car, modified for the track. Anything unnecessary is stripped away, and what’s left is dialed to eleven. Heated seats, spare tires, even power windows are thrown out in favor of parts to make the car faster, lighter, better. With Suicidal Since 1995, Ängie has created a musical Superleggera.
Suicidal Since 1995 is pop music stripped down to the bare essentials. There’s no fluff, nothing extra. Instead, Ängie has picked out exactly what a pop track needs and just improved it. Rather than three vocal harmonies, there’s one lead track that’s perfect. There aren’t seven synth tracks competing for the spotlight, there’s one that you can feel to your core. Ängie isn’t trying to make the biggest album, she’s trying to make the best. With Suicidal Since 1995, she’s come damn close. 4.4/5 <<
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