Blue Madonna is pretty okay.
by Olivia Langenberg
Features and Lists Editor
BØRNS’ kicked off the new year with a new album! I’d consider myself a casual BØRNS fan, and by that I mean I could maybe name three of his songs. I definitely didn’t know he was coming out with a new album, so I went in with no expectations. This new release, Blue Madonna, had me feeling really out of touch with my body. I actually felt like I was in the middle of a lucid dream while I was listening to this album. I haven’t decided what that means exactly, but let’s just say that this album is full of some incredible sounds. These tracks are psychedelic as hell, but sometimes it’s a little too much for my delicate ears to handle. Believe me, this album is no “Electric Love.”
Blue Madonna starts off with a crowd pleaser, “God Save Our Young Blood,” featuring teen favorite Lana Del Rey. This song would be good for a late night drive, but I wouldn’t listen to it for any other reason. The first few songs are pretty good, though, and they definitely tell you what’s going to happen with the rest of the album. They introduce those Alice in Wonderland-acid trip kind of sounds, mixed with that same honey-like BØRNS voice we’re all familiar with. I got lost in the middle of the album and felt like I was floating in a weird way, but the last few songs brought me back to Earth. There’s nothing special about the lyrics on this album, it’s a lot of the same ‘I loved you, I lost you’ stuff we hear in most love songs. The ending song, “Bye-bye Darling,” was the most creative one, but otherwise it wasn’t anything I haven’t heard before. Overall, this album is decent. I’d recommend listening to it in some Beats headphones for a truly transcendent experience, but don’t strain yourself for it.
Fav track: Second Night of Summer