Artist: U.S. Girls
Album: In A Poem Unlimited
Genre: Experimental Pop/Art Pop/Neo-Disco
In the wake of the #Metoo movement “U.S. Girls'” new album In A Poem Unlimited couldn’t have dropped at a better time. Despite the name of the project being plural, “U.S. Girls” is the project of sole member Meghan Remy, and following her 2015 album Half Free, an album catchy enough to dance to but also rich in Psychedelia, she has released an album that encapsulates the horrifying things many women have to go through. The lyrical themes deal with women who are victims of misogyny, domestic abuse, and degradation, and she paints this very grim, unfiltered but necessary picture of this unfortunate reality. With lyrical themes such as these, it’s surprising that the upbeat nature of the instrumentation actually compliments them quite well. This is “Experimental Pop” that cleverly works in a combination of blaring horns, squawking saxophones, pounding bongo drums, and hard hitting but smooth at the same time guitar work, and it’s all presented with an Electronic heavy backdrop. There are even moments of “Neo-Disco” flavor like the track “M.A.H.” This sounds like it could easily be an “ABBA” song on the surface, but the lyrics feature a pissed off and betrayed Remy who is disappointed with the mess Obama left us with, and even though her sensibilities are left-leaning, she still feels betrayed by a president she feels was supposed to be on her side, and this just adds another man to the list of men who have put her through Hell, and that’s the overall theme of the album. However, this isn’t done in a way that generalizes men, so before any of you ignorant men whom dismiss feminism as “man hate,” freak out, just know that she is speaking from the perspective of the many women who have been forced to endure the irrational idea many people have that women are inferior. She is giving these women a voice, the same voice the countless number of brave women who are part of the #Metoo movement have. This album isn’t all dark though, the closing track “Time” is actually optimistic with Remy singing “When there is nothing, there is still time. When there is nowhere, there is still time,” meaning despite this horrifying reality, there still is time to overcome all of this, but in order to move forward we have to be exposed to these horrifying truths, which she does on the majority of the album, but she ends it with a message of hope, and from there the closing track moves into an all out jam with much emphasis on the instrumentation and it closes the album perfectly. With subject matter like this, those who like their music friendly might have a hard time digesting this album, but if you’re progressive, or if you just want to hear some catchy tunes with an Experimental edge then this album is for you.
Written By: Steven Sandoval