Madison Beer, Silence Between Songs Review
Madison Beer’s Vocal Journey Through Time, Love, and Existential Worry
by Rudy Palma
Madison Beer’s sophomore album, Silence Between Songs, brings us a collection of well-written songs, a mature vocal sound, and an odyssey capturing raw emotion and existential questioning. Released on September 15, 2023, this album distinguishes itself as a compelling follow-up to her 2021 debut, Life Support.
From the first note, Beer’s voice is captivating, establishing her as a singer and a vocal storyteller. The album is a fusion of cinematic grandeur and intimate drama, with tracks like “Spinnin,” “Sweet Relief,” “17,” and “Ryder” emerging as vocal highlights among the fourteen tracks.
In “17,” Beer delivers a vocal performance imbued with a haunting quality that resonates deeply. Her controlled shifts between chest voice and falsetto illustrate a masterful vocal range. Likewise, “Ryder” showcases her talent for delivering emotionally complex lines with breathy yet warm tonality.
What sets Silence Between Songs apart is its production quality, which amplifies Beer’s vocal storytelling. Spearheaded by a team of producers including Jeremy Dussolliet, Leroy Clampitt, and Tim Sommers for “Spinnin” and Lucy Healy, Clampitt, and Sommers for “Sweet Relief,” the production sidesteps auto-tune and overused electro-pop elements. Instead, it allows for an organic sound that emphasizes the authentic richness of Beer’s voice.
“Spinnin” provides a canvas for Beer to paint a portrait of existential confusion. Her voice, especially when climbing to her upper register in the chorus, is a raw, powerful instrument of emotional expression.
“Sweet Relief” is another tour-de-force in vocal storytelling, illustrating her talent for expressing emotionally complex themes through nuanced vocal delivery. The production quality again adds to the storytelling, giving the track an organic warmth that allows Beer’s voice to shine.
Madison Beer’s Silence Between Songs is a testament to her capabilities as a vocal storyteller. Her technique is impeccable, but what truly makes each song unforgettable is the emotional resonance in her voice. This, combined with top-notch production, makes for a compelling auditory experience that proves Madison Beer is a force to be reckoned with in the pop music industry.