An eclectic artist who began writing songs after the day she tried to save her ten-year-old daughter from an Atlantic rip current, Madam Who? is a bold and wonderfully unique self-taught artist. Writing music in a mission to help people, Madam Who? created her debut album as a form of therapy, reflecting on the most difficult times in her life and offering a sense of solace and comfort to those who have similarly struggled.
Titled ‘Reclaim Your Power’, the album is filled with powerful musical moments, fusing the vocal command of Joan Jett, the artistic eccentricity of the B 52s and the hooky edge of modern artists like Lizzo to create an emboldening experience. Steeped in pop-rock sounds and empowering, unapologetically uplifting lyrics, the album is one of smooth melodic passages and polished hooks, lashing out brilliant anthems that speak straight from the heart.
The album starts with the title single, which easily asserts the singer-songwriter’s confidence before moving on to the solidarity offering single, ‘You Are Not Alone’. It’s a gorgeous opening, one that is expressive, resilient, and deceptively wild, painting a unique picture that sticks with you as the album progresses. In other tracks like ‘Strange & Beautiful’, Madam Who? changes tact, unleashing a tenacious pop ballad, while elsewhere in ‘Sincerest Thank You’, she creates a brilliant, cinematic pop sound, contrasting the more sombre and compassionate pieces that flow between.
Speaking of the album, Madam Who? said, “I wrote these songs as a form of therapy after I hit the most difficult time in my life. After being emotionally abused and abruptly discarded, I started my life over with little knowledge of who I was anymore. Before this destructive relationship, I pursued a music career. When it was over, I started writing again, with a focus on empowerment, not my life’s antagonists. The overall message is to be kind and love yourself.”
In essence, ‘Reclaim Your Power’ is a record that will charm and ensnare, pulling you right back to the 90s when the dizzying, empowering energy of pop was in full swing. An album that defiantly earns its place, it’s a bold and brilliant experience that demands to be heard, and completely deserves to be.
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