"Puberty 2" by Mitski on iTunes

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Puberty is a game of emotional pinball: hormones that surge, feelings that ricochet between exhilarating highs and gut-churning lows. That’s the dizzying, intoxicating experience Mitski evokes on her aptly titled fourth album, a rush of rebel music that touches on riot grrrl, skeletal indie rock, dreamy pop, and buoyant punk. Unexpected hooks pierce through the singer/songwriter’s razor-edged narratives—a lilting chorus elevates the slinky, druggy “Crack Baby,” while her sweet singsong melodies wrestle with hollow guitar to amplify the tension on “Your Best American Girl.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Puberty is a game of emotional pinball: hormones that surge, feelings that ricochet between exhilarating highs and gut-churning lows. That’s the dizzying, intoxicating experience Mitski evokes on her aptly titled fourth album, a rush of rebel music that touches on riot grrrl, skeletal indie rock, dreamy pop, and buoyant punk. Unexpected hooks pierce through the singer/songwriter’s razor-edged narratives—a lilting chorus elevates the slinky, druggy “Crack Baby,” while her sweet singsong melodies wrestle with hollow guitar to amplify the tension on “Your Best American Girl.”

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5

39 Ratings

Tight

Orion31069,

Only rating on the first track, but Mitski is rocking. Song full of emotion through both sounds and lyrics. Can't wait to hear the rest.

Wow! Just WOW!

Whacked Cat,

Heard “Your Best American Girl” on the radio and was so captured by that one song that I went back and listened to Mitski’s previous work. Immediately purchased every album she has put out so far. What incredible music! So beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. Some of Mitski’s previous work kind of reminds me of Tori Amos (especially during her Little Earthquakes/Under the Pink years) which is also amazing music. Anyone who hasn’t taken the time to listen to all of Mitski’s work so far, it’s an absolute must for anyone who appreciates great, thoughtful music.

About Mitski

In 1990 the Miyawaki family was living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but her pregnant mother wanted the unborn Mitski to have a Japanese passport, so she flew back to Japan to give birth, and then promptly returned to central Africa. Traveling would become something of a theme for the young Mitski -- her family moved from one Army base to the next before finally settling in Turkey around the time she was 18. Having accrued all the credits she needed to complete school, Mitski graduated early and suddenly found herself in the position of being an 18-year-old with no idea what to do. A period of aimless mischief led to her developing a burgeoning interest in writing songs; her earliest completed song, "Bag of Bones," would form part of her first album.

After starting a film course at New York's Hunter College, she transferred to SUNY Purchase to study music instead. It was there that Mitski made her first two records, Lush and Retired from Sad, New Career in Business, her junior and senior school projects, respectively. The second album was an ambitious project that utilized a full 60-piece orchestra and garnered a fair degree of interest but left Mitski emotionally and physically drained. This exhaustion heavily influenced her third record, 2014's Bury Me at Makeout Creek -- a title sure to please the most committed fans of The Simpsons -- on the Double Double Whammy imprint. In stark contrast to the relentless professionalism of the previous work, Bury Me was mostly recorded in makeshift home studios with a close group of musician friends. The album was very successful and drew critical praise.

In late 2015, Mitski signed to the independent label Dead Oceans, with whom she released the hotly anticipated Puberty 2 in June 2016. The album's release was supported by a North American and European tour, which kicked off at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Puberty 2 went on to receive widespread critical acclaim, placing in the Top 25 of year-end lists by publications such as Rolling Stone, SPIN, and Entertainment Weekly. It also found commercial success, landing on Billboard's alternative, rock, independent, and Heatseekers albums charts, while the single "Your Best American Girl" hit the streaming charts. ~ Simon Spreyer

  • ORIGIN
    Japan
  • BORN
    1990

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