Debut album conveys strong emotions

Debut album conveys strong emotions

Alli Heckert, Reporter

   On January 18, 2019, Maggie Rogers, a 24 year old artist from Maryland, released her debut studio album. Heard It In a Past Life emerged with a 12 song tracklist, including the song “Alaska” that went viral in 2016, Rogers debuts songs that are not only filled with intricate melodies, but convey deeper emotions than a majority of pop albums today.

  The album’s tracklist have songs that range from lyrics that resembles romantic elements and vivid imagery about the Alaskan wilderness, to songs she tweeted were about “rapid change” like her single “Falling Water”.

  Songs like “Light On” focus on struggles with society, and stress. Roger’s music resonates with her teenage and young adult audience as the presence of social media and societal expectations crowd in.  In “Light On” Maggie Rogers expresses how many show that they expect her to be so much happier now that she’s famous. “With everyone around me saying ‘You must be so happy now’” Rogers emphasizes that people who experience substantial success are expected to have zero flaws.

  Similar genre artists like Halsey and Ariana Grande have come out with new music in the same time frame, however Rogers’ soft voice instrumentals sets her work apart from the R&B styles Grande has taken, and the more alternative rock path that Halsey’s music previously followed in. Because this is the first studio album that Rogers has produced, it will be interesting to track her music development and see if she diverges off the path she has set for me.

  Overall, Heard It In a Past Life provides a refreshing take on pop music. As Rogers delves into hard hitting lyricism, she presents it in a way that music consumers can easily understand. This album is the fish swimming against the stream, but in this case the stream is the mainstream popular music.

  On the Billboard charts on Feb. 9, 2019, Heard It In a Past Life reached a peak position of #2. If I had to give this album a rating out of five, I would give this 4.5. The only reason I did not give this a perfect rating is because I believe that Maggie Rogers is going to grow and mature, so in hindsight this album is lacking her future maturity and fluidity.