Be The Cowboy (studio album) by Mitski
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This album is rated in the top 4% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 77.7/100, a mean average of 77.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.0.
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Yeah the songs could be longer, but it also means there's a ton of great tunes in a short space. Both fun and solid.
First album i listen of mitzki, kind of like it but on parts its boring , general a normal album
I still can't believe how "A Pearl" is not a top-rated track. Best track on the album and probably on Mitski's career. The rest of the album is quite enjoyable, but it feels a bit less solid than Puberty 2.
I loved Puberty 2 so much! and not many people seemed to care about it. And now.. we have Be The Cowboy, which everyone loves, but I just find it absolutely mediocre! It has its highlights sure, but overall its just like those Sara Bareilles/Ingrid Michaelson indie-pop albums from a decade ago. I don't get the superlative acclaim. Your Best American Girl alone destroys.
Top Tracks: "Geyser", "Why Didn't You Stop Me?", "Nobody"
Overall very consistent and melodic, even if the songs are a little too short to really do all they could have.
Be The Cowboy is more than the sum of its parts. There are a lot of really good songs on here but the essence of the album can only be seen when looking at it as a whole. The ability for Mitski to evoke so much emotion across so many different types of songs is what makes this album great. It starts out very strong but eventually fades a little closer to mediocrity towards the end of the album. It is never mediocre, I'm just saying it gets closer to it in the second half of the album. There are several interesting themes that she flirts with and describes very well. Some of those being the undeniability of love, toxic relationships and the human purpose. I found it very impressive how Mitski could tackle these incredibly complex subjects while also tackling incredibly diverse musical styles at the same time.
Grande álbum com bela diversidade de som, atravessando desde modernos indie rock ao pop contemporâneo.
Mitski might have one of the best voices in contemporary indie music, but what's with the track lengths? Is this due to the general attention span decline?
(Warning: this comment is kinda long.)
I'll be honest, this album took some time to grow on me, as I had some expectations about it before listening. But eventually, I came to appreciate it and thought that it was pretty solid. Around the end of 2018, I was a bit surprised to see this record very high up in most "best of 2018" lists, sometimes getting a perfect rating, and even earning the title "album of the year" from many music sites. So I thought that I might have missed something, and decided to revisit the record.
While I still think that it's good, I still don't seem to enjoy the album to the extent that others do. Now, I'm not trying to be negative. I like Mitski and I'm super happy to see her do well! But I just think that there are things that hold this project back, the main culprit being the track lengths. At times, some songs seem like they could be really great, but their brevity results in them having little impact instead. Many songs seem to end abruptly, sometimes right when it feels like the music could be going somewhere interesting. It feels like running a race and you're making amazing time - but halfway through you just lose all of your energy and stop in your tracks. For me, one example of this is "Come Into the Water."
But basically, that's my only complaint. I don't mean to seem too harsh, because I do think that this album is good! There a good amount of genuinely moving moments on here, especially the closing track "Two Slow Dancers." Truly deep, gorgeous, and filled to the brim with emotion. And "Nobody" is a great track too, very fun to jam out to. In addition, there are some cases where I think that the short track length works well, such as with "Geyser." That track flows very nicely!
Overall, this is a good record, and is definitely worth a listen. It's not perfect, but maybe I'm still missing something. Let me know if I am! Either way, it shows an enormous amount of potential. If Mitski takes her ideas from this album and then really expands on them and fleshes them out, I think that she can come out with something absolutely amazing. Excited for what she puts out in the future!
Many lovely songs and with moments of near smack-your-headphones-off icy grandeur. "Washing Machine Heart" would top every chart in a just world and the deconstruction of the great American, self-aware mythmaking spectacle is admirably clever if starting to feel expected in this day of the anti-pop-star. But... something is missing that keeps this from being more than the sum of it's many wonderful individual parts. Skrapes the sky but never quite becomes the indelible supernova it seems destined to be. Still one of the year's best but also one of it's most frustrating.
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