Artist: Melanie Martinez
Album: Cry Baby
Record label: Atlantic Records
Release date: 14.08.2015
Text: Anastasia Sapunova
Melanie Martinez is an American singer and ex-participant in NBC’s TV show “The Voice” back in 2012, on which her unique voice and style of singing gained her much attention. She released debut album “Cry Baby” on August 14, 2015.
When you first see the song titles, you get the impression that this album is a collection of songs for children – it’s like you are reading a storybook. Yet not everything in our life is that simple and magical. Serious issues such as self-acceptance, family and relationship problems, and sexual assault hide behind the same song titles.
The song “Dollhouse” was Martinez’ debut single and is about a seemingly perfect family completely broken and messed-up behind their beautiful front.
“Mrs. Potato Head” draws attention to the topic of plastic surgery. People are constantly trying to create perfect versions of themselves. They try to fit a perceived beauty standard, yet what they should really be doing is accepting themselves and realizing that they are beautiful just the way they are.
Reality is harsh and cruel. The feeling one gets after listening to these songs can be described as similar to when you find out that one of Cinderella’s sisters actually cut off her toe – and another her heel – in order to fit the glass slipper.
An interesting fact for all those that like FX’s American Horror Story: the song “Carousel” was used as the soundtrack to the trailer for the fourth season, American Horror Story: Freak Show.
As for the music itself, melodies are very catchy and enjoyable. Throughout the album you can hear different toy sounds, helping to further the contrast between the childhood theme and the mature problems explored.