Album Review: Cry Baby – Melanie Martinez

Melanie Martinez has always been one of my favorite artists after she showed off her unique style and voice on the popular show The Voice. After she came in 6th place, I, like her other fans, desperately waited for new music. As much as I wanted to hear more of her, I admired her for not releasing rushed music just to please the crowd she earned from the show. Three years later, her debut album is released and it’s clear that it was well worth the wait.

Melanie Martinez on The Voice.

Cry Baby shows off Martinez’s excellency in lyricism and vocal capacity with all of her messages of her songs embellished in childhood phrases. With Martinez’s songwriting, you’ll be singing along about eating soap and not even realize the song is about love. The true meaning of her songs are so vulnerable, you’ll feel guilty for realizing what they’re actually about.

Martinez gives the listener an inside view of how her alter ego, Cry Baby, feels by not only introducing her with the self titled song, but also with music videos for her singles “Pity Party”,  “Soap” and “Sippy Cup”. We learn about her insecurities in songs like “Training Wheels” and “Mrs. Potato Head”. When it comes to the last song, you’ll want to know more about Cry Baby.

Martinez in the music video for “Pity Party”

Martinez in the music video for “Soap”

Stella Rose playing Cry Baby’s mother and Martinez on the set of the music video for “Sippy Cup”

Cry Baby also discusses falling in and out of love. With the song “Carousel”, Cry Baby talks about how much of a rollercoaster, or rather a carousel, love is. The next song, “Alphabet Boy”, is the sassy song in which Cry Baby stands up to a boy who tried to control her and made her feel inferior. “Training Wheels” is all about being in a new relationship and not quite sure how to react. With lyrics like “I wanna make you mine, but that’s hard to say / Is this coming off in a cheesy way?” it’s impossible to not feel Cry Baby’s cynicism towards love leave and her display how she truly feels.

Martinez in the music video for “Carousel”

The album ends with “Mad Hatter” where Cry Baby owns up to her flaws and realizes that she likes who she is and doesn’t care what anyone thinks. Cry Baby is all about finding yourself and being comfortable in your own skin. To anyone who enjoys upbeat, sing along music, this the album for you.

Overall, I give Cry Baby 9 out of 10 stars. Listen to the album here and find Melanie on her website here.

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