Mitski – Puberty 2 (2016): Review


Label – Dead Oceans

If nothing else, Mitski Miyawski’s creations are always challenging. 2014s “Bury Me At Makeout Creek” could be harrowing in its discordant themes of the insecurity of relationships, and the tragic, often violent breakups. “Puberty 2” is similar in its descriptions of vulnerability; right off the bat the ironically titled opener “Happy” surrenders to dissolution simply by wearily stating “When you go, take this heart, I’ll have no more use of it when there’s no more you”. Musically, there’s wide a range of styles anywhere in between the lo-fi indie rages (“My Body’s Made Of Crushed Little Stars”), to epic arrangements that boom to a crescendo, highlighted by the outstanding single “Your Best American Girl”. It’s bold, full of creative alt. rock weaves and turns throughout, and is a triumph to her almost confessional openness.

“Puberty 2” is a record of surprising accomplishment and idiosyncratic adventure, showing that Mitski has a fine grasp of mixing and matching styles and musical approaches with a pointed sense of individuality.


Track Rating

1 – Happy (8)
2 – Dan The Dancer (7)
3 – Once More To See You (7)
4 – Fireworks (8)
5 – Your Best American Girl (10)
6 – I Bet On Losing Dogs (8)
7 – My Body’s Made Of Crushed Little Stars (6)
8 – Thursday Girl (8)
9 – A Loving Feeling (8)
10 – Crack Baby (8)
11 – Burning Hill (8)

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