Friday, December 18, 2020

Jeff's Best of 2020 - #3: Poppy - I Disagree

Poppy tries hard to be an enigma wrapped in a riddle with an influencer sheen and an appreciation of pop music to successfully lampoon it ironically.

Then she found metal music.

What we saw glimpses of with "X" and "Scary Mask" got a full album treatment with I Disagree, and the result nearly defies description. It's sort of an American Babymetal - all the pop trappings and all the metal instrumentation. It's melodic and harsh, it's brooding with a bop - there's a lyric, "bury me six feet deep/cover me in concrete/turn me into a street" that is so vivid and dark and hilarious, it's almost unreal. And I love it. I love it so much.

Few albums this year made me stop and say "hey, you gotta hear this," but Poppy pulled that off. An early release this year, it's stayed in semi-regular rotation and got a lot of people to notice what she's been up to. Quite the feat.

Songs of note: "BLOODMONEY," "I Disagree," "Concrete," "Fill the Crown."

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