The sophomore full-length album from Phoebe Bridgers is a statement.
Despite a three year gap between this record and her debut “Stranger In The Alps”, Bridgers has cemented her place in the indie scene over that time. The 2019 collaboration with Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) “Better Oblivion Community Center”, and the release of “boygenius” in 2018 (a collaboration with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus) has put Phoebe Bridgers at the forefront of indie music in 2020.
Punisher has proven that all the hype is well and truly warranted. Bridgers has described this record as being more mature, which makes sense as a majority of Stranger In The Alps was written in her teenage years.
The production on the album adds to the (already amazing) song writing. Great use of filters and EQ creates a unique vibe from start to finish. The themes are quite heavy throughout, as to be expected from a Phoebe Bridgers album. Songs such as “Garden Song”, “I Know The End” and “Moon Song” are sure to get the feelings going. Where as songs like “Kyoto” and “ICU” are upbeat on the surface, but in classic Phoebe style, the lyrics are just as hard hitting.
Overall this album proves, once and for all, that Phoebe Bridgers is a forced to be reckoned with in here own right. It’s jam-packed full of emotion, great lyrics and amazing production. If you’re looking for an entry point to her fast-growing catalogue of music, Punisher is great place to start.