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Advance Review - Margaret Glaspy: Devotion (March 27, 2020)
Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Margaret Glaspy is back with first release since her 2018 EP Born Yesterday. Devotion is a 12 track album that will keep you gripped as it moves from song to song.
Glaspy shows off her versatility as a songwriter on Devotion. She displays a plethora of influences including pop ("Without Him" and "You've Got My Number") and jazz ("Heartbreak"). There's no shortage of diversity on the tracks, but it never feels mismatched. Glaspy's powerful vocals tie it all together nicely.
While Spotify may compare her music to that of Soccer Mommy and Julien Baker, I think she has a bit more pop influence in her music. A great comp for Glaspy would probably be Maggie Rogers but more indie focused.
Thematically, on Devotion, Glaspy wrestles with love and the unknown in her crisp and masterful vocal work. Musically, she is able to provide melodies that captivate and accentuate her message. At times it can be haunting, while at other points she can produce dynamic rhythms that push her music forward. A deserving follow-up to her 2016 debut Emotions and Math, Devotion shows the evolution of Glaspy as a story teller. She's so strong in this respect, she's definitely an up-and-comer to keep an eye on.
Rating - 4/5