Melanie Martinez is
one-of-a-kind. She can be compared to Marina & the Diamonds, but
what she does is her own. That shines through on her full-length debut.
She isn’t really happy on the album. On “Dollhouse,” she tells the tale
of a family (Cry Baby’s) torn apart by addiction and infidelity. On
“Mrs. Potato Head,” she tears apart society’s beauty stereotypes
(“little girls are learning to… pucker up their lips until they
suffocate”). And on “Pity Party” (the highlight for me), she samples
Leslie Gore’s breakout hit and sings about a birthday party for herself
at which she is the only guest.
The instruments aren’t the
highlight (most of the songs are stripped-down instrument-wise, possible
exceptions being percussion and sound samples) – it’s her voice and
lyrics. And with this much talent, there’s no need to “cry.”
refreshingly original, highly conceptual, deeply personal and
irresistibly catchy, “Cry Baby” blends infections beats, beautiful
melodies, catchy hooks and razor-sharp lyrics layered underneath
Martinez’s signature sweetly haunting femme-fatale vocals. The result? A
dark, whimsical, seductive, melancholic and highly addictive collection
of songs, amounting to one of the most impressive debut pop albums in
Her wretched desire to emote her wretched pain is a colorful strife
for love and acceptance. She has a real sense of belonging in a world
that does not see her as a genuine fit. Her struggles for love and
acceptance surrounded by the thud of chaos marries the trials and
tribulations. She longs to be your love, whether it’s by the
force of a childlike persona or by the realness of her womanly presence.
Martinez brings forth her cinematic darkness in tones and colors it
with a lightness and openness that is both frank and honest in its
Artists the Muses Want to Jam with: Melanie Martinez
Hey wow this took a long time for some reason (me not working on it) but I finally did a cover of the first Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso OP entirely on melodica (the instrument Kaori has in the first episode). The song is originally by the band Goose House, you should check them out.