The album I chose to write about is by Dodie, and it's called You. She was born in Epping, UK. She plays Pop/Indie/Alternative, and she is an independent artist as well as a Youtuber. She released this album on August 11th, 2017. There are a lot of different moods to the record. Some of it is sad and melancholy, but other parts are happy and upbeat. She put the ukulele, the piano, the violin, the guitar, the cello and percussion in the album.
The first song I chose off her album is called "6/10." A part that stand's out to me is Dodie's vocals. In the song, her voice is very prominent, and she additionally has some humming in the background. I enjoy the strings in the background because they add a particular kind of depth that the song wouldn't have otherwise. Since the song is so simple with only the piano and strings, they both play useful roles in the song. The tempo of this song is slow, but it doesn't drag along. In the lyrics, they reiterate what they're saying but in different ways which I enjoy. This song makes me feel something inside. I don't know what. It's kind of like an aching or longing for something I don't know.
The second song I chose is called "You." It is the title track of the album. What stands out to me in this song and what I thought of when I first heard it is how it's Persian themed. I also believe that there is a guitar in this song. It was tough for me to tell because it also could've been a bigger ukulele, so I'm still not entirely convinced. The vocals in this song are a lot higher and have longer strung out notes. This song has an upbeat tempo and makes you want to get up and dance. The lyrics make me think of a breakup song, but I love how Dodie made it happy. Typically you would think of a song about a breakup to be sad and make you cry in the rain, but she just made it surprisingly cheerful!
The last song I picked is called "Would You Be So Kind." What stood out to me was here was the ukulele. It is the first thing you here in the song, and you continue to hear it the whole way through. The part that the ukulele plays I especially like. It's a fun chord pattern, and overall I just love the chords. This song isn't very dynamic, but it's still a good song, most of the time it stays the same in loudness. This song makes me feel very happy and just puts a smile on my face.
I love this album because it talks about such real issues and is just great music that I love! I think that most people don't expect good music from Youtubers because most of them assume they can sing and come out with singles. Although Dodie is one, it's not entirely what she's known for. I think people who like Lana Del Ray and M.I.A. would like Dodie's music because all of their songs have deeper meanings. But I think that most people would like Dodie. She's charming and sweet, so what's not to like?
Album Score: 6/10 (just kidding, you get it though?)
Real Album Score: 10/10