When it comes to releasing music, anything goes in today's market. Lauv gave fans a constant steady stream of fragments. These fragments succeed on their own, but as part of a whole consistent narrative they excell at giving us an glimpse into the 23-year old singer.
I Met You When I Was 18 is an impressive feat as 13 of the songs have been released over the past two years, but hearing them in intended chronological order paints a poignant story of first love, youth, regrets, and growth.
Lauv spent the last few years building a following, and now with the successs of "I Like Me Better" has become a buzz worthy artist. He's crafted an melding of rnb, electro, and pop, which fits his falsetto like a pair of skinny jeans. "Comfortable" keeps things short and sweet, amplifying the urban contemporary vibes. Lauv delivers one of his strongest vocal performances, flaunting his upper register on the chorus. The production is sleek, embracing the electro-, modern-pop/urban palette of sounds. Speaking of a production highlight, "Paranoid" embraces the electro- script even more, with pitch-shifted vocals, synths, and unique drum programming arriving post-chorus. His falsetto remains ripe, regardless of paranoia experienced regarding love.
The tempo, energy, and fun pick up on "Enemies," another number surrounding the relationship between exes. Lauv states on the earworm chorus, “I know it hurts ‘cause I feel it too / But after all, all that we been through / Ooh why do we / We have to be enemies, enemies?”
"Never Not" closes out the playlist reminiscently, yet also closes the chapter. “For as long I live and as long as I love,” he sings on the chorus, “I will never not think about you.”
Lauv slowly and carefully put together an album which is unafraid of exploring feelings seldom seen in male driven pop music. As an added credit there's not a single song that wouldn't fit nicely on any radio stations playlist, a collection of could-be smashes.
Favorites: "Enemies," "Paris in the Rain," "Chasing Fire," and "Never Not."
How are you liking the album aka playlist? What are your standouts? - 8 months ago