Die erste Vorladung (XII)
Puberty 2 isn’t shaped like an opus; it’s jagged and slight and the auteur has already expressed second thoughts about the liberties taken with its addiction-themed coda. But it’s a high-watermark of post-irony indie, a cracked safe of perspectives previously unheard in lump-throated punk.
From overdriven punk to the gentlest of ballads, Puberty 2 is a multifaceted venture through what it means to be strong. Out of luck? Lost in love? Unsure and insecure? The songs on this album are all of those things, and in admitting it, showcase an unparalleled grace that can only come from accepting all of who you are.
With "Happy" Mitski spins a lyrical tale of being fulfilled and then forsaken by a significant desire. Whether it's about a relationship or a sense of contentment is up to the listener, but portrayed through the narrative of cleaning up to feel good again the notion is universal. Building from delicate melodies and intimate longings to a storming chorus admission that things just aren't right on "Your Best American Girl", the half-Japanese artist manages to show strength even when admitting "I think I'll regret this".
Equal amounts tender and wild, Mitski places power in vulnerability. Validating every topsy turvy emotion, Puberty 2 is a soundtrack of self-awareness and self-acceptance at its most real.
Indizien und Beweismittel:
22.09.16 Berlin - Berghain Kantine
23.09.16 Hamburg - Reeperbahn Festival
26.09.16 Amsterdam - Paradiso
27.09.16 Frankfurt - Brotfabrik
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