ALBUM REVIEW: Betty Who – The Valley
If you’re a pop lover then you will be most likely already acquainted with Betty Who’s dreamy pop. Her debut album offered a collection of reflective pop tracks that overwhelmingly resonated with the LGBT community and saw some her tracks becoming self love anthems. Her sophomore studio album “The Valley” sees her going towards a bolder pop sound departing the dreamy synth pop just slightly. Album opener and title track “The Valley” is a brief introduction to the album that has her stripping it down to the bare minimums and her vocals to lyrically set the tone of the album with a break up and the self rebuilding process. “Some Kind of Wonderful” is your first taste at the new euphoric pop sound that has an RNB fused twist. It’s a song that grows on you with each listen and will eventually win you over with it’s messy but loveable production because it is a ridiculously fun track. “Mama Says” continues this sound with one of my favourite tracks on this album. Her vocal delivery is so vibrant and with the fun dance beat and break down she will have you coming back for multiple listens instantly. “Free To Fly” turns it up a notch with the RNB influence while giving you the most unexpected collaboration with Kenny G. The structure is quite similar to “Some Kind Of Wonderful” but it is instantly more likeable.
I hear you want some heartfelt, euphoric and reflection pop break up songs? Well she has you covered. “Wanna Be” sees her returning to her signature sound and will have you feeling all the emotions describing the moment you wish you were back with them but instead they have moved on. This perfectly transitions into “Pretend Your Missing Me” which will break your heart or resonate with the following lyric. “When you hear our song at least pretend you’re missing me”. This was another one of my instant favourites on the album because of it’s strong lyrics and cool EDM break down which offered a different texture to what could have potentially been a cliche track. “You Can Cry Tomorrow” gives another unique look at the break up process with Betty addressing a friend who won’t get out of bed and try to move on. It gives you old Betty Who vibes and will instantly be a fan favourite.As well as the break up tracks she has some bubblegum pop tracks about falling in love and lust. “Human Touch” gives you a tropical dance beat that deserved higher recognition on the radio. with it’s catchy hook and dance beat. “Blue Heaven Midnight Crush” and “Make You memories” are those gushy pop tracks you need in your life and will give you pure nostalgia vibes. While “Reunion” and “Beautiful” are a bit cheesy and are skippable when listening to the album in it’s entirety as it doesn’t give you the same emotions as the rest of the album does. She closes the record with her infectious cover of “I Love You Always Forever” which I’m sure you have heard on your radios about 100 times over the last year.
This album is a triumphant collection of bold pop tracks that sees her experimenting with heavier EDM and RNB influences in her synth pop that you have become accustomed to. Her lyrics are reflective, passionate and heartbreaking, giving you all the emotions of falling in and out of love. Her vocal delivery is clean and experimental with different high notes and vocal techniques used to give a thicker texture. Minus two average songs I would call this a massive success for the songstress.
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