Music Monday: Betty Who – “Take Me When You Go”

Happy Monday, everyone! If you’re having a slow day at work (much like I am now), and are in need of some upbeat music to pick your mood right up, Betty Who’s “Take Me When You Go” will definitely do that job for you.

In her debut album, Betty Who delivers incredibly upbeat dance anthems with catchy melodies that will definitely make your workday go by a lot faster. The Australian native delves into a sound in her music that not very many artists tend to go after anymore – many of the songs on this record display a strong 80’s-pop influence with a modern twist.

But don’t be fooled by the infectiously catchy tunes that you’re hearing in this record. Hidden behind the high tempo composition and bubbly synths are lyrics that come from an imaginative mind, and in some cases, a very vulnerable place. The songstress sings about a wide range of topics, spanning from fantasizing about a lavish life of luxury (“High Society”) to giving yourself to a person for the first time (“A Night To Remember”). Betty Who’s writing style contains a mixture of empowerment and vulnerability writing songs like “Glory Days” and “Runaways,” which touch on feelings of invincibility brought about by nostalgia.

One particular song that sticks out is unlike any of the other songs on the record, titled, “California Rain,” a song about a lost love and the hurt and loneliness that follow. While all of the other songs take on an electro-dance feel, this song is set apart by its lower-tempo composition and ballad elements. While the lyrics of the other songs are more colorful and creative with imagery, “California Rain” is written from a more honest place. She writes, “I love it when you’re lonely/That’s when we feel the same/You come around, you let me down/Like California rain.”

While most of the other songs on the album deal with breakup and heartbreak with a “never again” state of mind, “Alone Again” is about a failed relationship that could have potential to be reignited. She sings, “I’m gonna give you a break/Drive until you disappear/And maybe then you’ll say/Don’t ever leave me alone again,” and continues to match the optimistic feeling of the lyrics with equally sanguine instrumentation.

Although this album is a bit of a departure from the music I typically listen to, it’s a great escape into pop territory, without the overly manufactured feel of a Top 40 song you hear on the radio. This record makes for great background music when you’re trying to get through a slow day, or if you need that extra push to go through a to-do list. Also if you just want to have a solo dance party, this album would be good for that, too.

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