Phoebe Bridgers: Stranger in the Alps album review

By Leah Rodriquez: Staff Writer

Phoebe Bridgers is an indie rock musician from Los Angeles, California. She is most well known for her work as a solo singer-songwriter. However, she is also known for being a part of the musical groups Boygenius and Better Oblivion Community Center. Bridgers made her solo debut with the album Stranger in the Alps. The album consists of the songs “Smoke Signals,” “Motion Sickness,” “Funeral,” “Demi Moore,” “Scott Street,” “Killer,” “Georgia,” “Chelsea,” “Would You Rather,” “You Missed My Heart,” and a reprise of “Smoke Signals.” Her music stands out for several reasons, including her use of dialogue to make the songs tell a story and reflect on inter-relational experiences. Her voice’s airy-ness creates a calming tone, a sense of familiarity, and a free-floating melody with a wide range to showcase her voice.

 Stranger in the Alps focuses a lot on sorrow but looks at it in a different light. It isn’t about wallowing, but instead slowly moving through it and processing those thoughts and emotions. More specifically, the album goes in-depth about how relationships can affect how people view themselves and interact with others. My favorite songs off the album are “Motion Sickness” and “Georgia.” I like Motion Sickness because of its breezy, mid-tempo pop-rock sound that makes it stand apart from the rest of the album. I enjoy Georgia because of its gradual build-up, slow piano introduction, and powerful emotion-inducing vocals.

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