Blue Madonna- BORNS album review


Natalie Casas, Online Features Editor

Blue Madonna was released on Jan. 12, 2018. BORNS, a Michigan based singer, has released his second album after the success on his first album called Dopamine.

An intriguing and heartbreaking story by the singer BORNS fighting with himself is seen throughout the album, where he is contemplating getting over an ex-lover. Throughout the midst of it all, there’s memories faded and the overwhelming feeling of sadness that coexists with hurt feelings.

Through the album, there were key factors that highlighted each song that was featured. It was almost like a story that was showing the emotions through it all; with all twelve songs, there are messages left behind for the listener to seek a connection with the artist.

In the view of my own eyes, here is the first six songs in order and how I perceive the meaning to be.

“God Save Our Young Blood” ft. Lana Del Rey: this is the first song that makes for a frigid start.

This song appears at the start of attraction with an individual, you are urged to get closer to that person. Aspects of our generation happen to be risky, crazy and reckless — especially with love. It starts with a thriving, mysterious relationship, and then the infamous, luscious fun of company and partying. At the end of the night you smile back at the best parts, the forgotten parts and the scenery in this song reveal the careless vibe of it all.

“Faded Heart”: It shifts with a groan of anxiety that symbolizes the emotion of being tired of everything, through the drums. A fast-paced upbeat tone of the song covers the lowkey sadness of failing and being rejected by one another. This song is almost about chances, to be honest, the common predicament of taking chances with someone you don’t know if they feel the same about you, so you’re mixed with self-doubt and anxiety.

BORNS showcases the reality of being in that situation and makes it less fret with the melody of the song; it’s almost therapeutic in some senses.

A soft turn goes to “Sweet Dreams”, because of the slowness and gentleness of hurting without the one person you want to talk to. In this song, a lot of subtle symbolism is dropped like salt on the roads when it’s snowy — you can barely see it, but you know it’s everywhere.

The rhythm of “Sweet Dreams” is so soothing and catchy. He repeats the title of the song over and over, claiming that he enjoyed the person’s company, though they were better than that than to leave you cold turkey. He sings that the person who left him didn’t even care enough to wish them “sweet dreams”.

A sharpness strikes the waters with the next song, “We Don’t Care”.

This is the part of the album where you admit to the madness and rage of your soul from being hurt. So you show the last person that you don’t care and that you’ve moved on. In the song, he refers to how happy and reckless we are without you.

Overall, the definite feeling of this song strikes back, saying that “we don’t care” about what people think or say, we are going to just live in the moment because we are over the feeling of being stepped on.

A bumpy slide over to “Man”.  An interlude of beautiful doo’s to appear friendly at first, then it snaps back and shows the audience the reality of wanting someone to be by your side.

This song starts with a line that says,”Hello from the top”, because you are done, young and ready to be alive. If the world is gonna end, I’ll go back to you. Also if no one is around I’d be delighted to be yours, but it’s not so getting the toxic vibes away.There is still something inside of you that can give in at any moment, like what’s the point of faking that I don’t need when all I want is you, a twisted confusion of romance moment.

An intriguing pass over to “Iceberg”. A forbidden taste of beats that run back and forth to keep the tone of the song right on path with what BORNS is trying to express through the song.

BORNS describes the essence of having the person who you crave around by saying it is as if your touch is a drug, and I’m the one who’s the drug addict. He basically explains the hopelessness, reckless and out-of-control habits that make him not know what he wants. He knows what’s right and wrong, except wanting is taking over and I don’t know why I’m reminiscing about you.

This album represents the steps and emotions of undergoing a break up with someone you invested a lot of time with and learned how to love them as your other half. I give this album a B+, because of its willingness to go out of boundaries and go up and beyond expectations. It surprised me with the path the artist chose to take.