Album of the Week: Phoebe Bridgers, 'Punisher'


Phoebe Bridgers, 'Punisher'
Phoebe Bridgers, 'Punisher' (Dead Oceans)
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In the short period of time since her debut album, Phoebe Bridgers has become prolific as a collaborator and voice for independent artists. Her new album, "Punisher," follows countless collaborations including work with Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker as Boy Genius, and teaming up with Conor Oberst for Better Oblivion Community Center. Punisher brings you back to Bridgers' trademark style as a writer which you hear in the range of themes from the tender production on a bittersweet "Garden Song" to the dynamic travel log heard on "Kyoto."

Considered one of the most anticipated albums of 2020 for her fans, Phoebe Bridgers delivers a gorgeous sophomore studio effort that's packed with raw emotion, honestly, angst, and humor. While the production on Punisher retains Bridgers' sound, the lyrics push into new territory, and the more you listen the more meaning you'll take away from the personal portraits of everyday life. Songs like "Savior Complex" and "Graceland Too" leave you wanting to hear whatever extra verses might not have made it onto the album. That sense that you're getting the best version of each song is easy to take for granted as Bridgers makes her craft sound effortless. Punisher sounds like it was made in the moment while also sounding timeless which is one of the true marks of a great album.

Phoebe Bridgers' new album Punisher is out on Friday, June 19.

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