February 2, 2023

Maggie Rogers: Surrender Album Review

After coming out with “Alaska” in 2016, a country electronica Song Then it went viral attract Pharrell Williams, Maggie Rogers Became a Pop Star Checked the Boxes: An Introduction SNL The performance, a Grammy Award for Best New Artist, is set at every festival under the sun. When the epidemic began, he moved to his family’s home in Maine, where he reconnected with nature and wrote a collection of songs. Surrender— which is also the name of his 2022 Harvard Divinity School thesis. Yes: While working on the follow-up to his 2019 debut Heard in the past tenseRogers enrolled in a one-year master’s program Balance Religion in public life. The 28-year-old singer-scholar must consider questions like: Is an artist responsible for their audience? And how can performance be a means to a transcendental experience?

If it’s a little Ivy League Hannah Montana-Finals by day, Met Gala by nightRogers returned to academia. On that day Surrender, she sounds renewed, unapologetically yielding to the tug of her heart. She plays hooky on the upbeat “Be Cool” from her youth and lends her carnal instincts on “Want To”; As she teases on “Anywhere With You,” she turns off the radio and listens to the wind, “I should have known/I should have known/heard that song.” She’s still processing her whirlwind rise to fame and learning what to prioritize: “It took me so long/It’s not worth it/If I can’t touch the ground,” she sings on the ballad “Horses.” Uses named animals as a symbol Independence She wants it so badly.

The album itself reflected Rogers’ newfound autonomy: he was co-producing again, cutting back on the stable of his first producers. Surrender Along with Kid Harpoon (Harry Styles, Shawn Mendes) and one of its best moments, the escapist fantasy “Anywhere With You,” was co-written with an old friend, Holden Jaffe, who makes music under the name Dell Water Gap (Rogers performed on an earlier version of the project while in college). In the song, Rogers lifts a partner out of their existential malaise, before the pair hit the road in search of something bigger than themselves. Like many road songs, it’s a declaration of devotion, a commitment to travel forward together even when their thoughts always diverge: “You tell me you want everything you need fast,” Rogers croons over a muted cathartic crescendo. Not in place any time soon Arcade fire Register. “But all I wanted was to do something/fun at last.”