It’s no secret that I’ve been a fan of Phoebe Bridgers since her strong debut album, having written about it in the past. And, that fandom continues with “Punisher” - her 2020 record that thankfully doesn’t suffer from any sort of sophomore slump. The introspective lyrics and low key arrangements pick up right where “Stranger in the Alps” left off, again with most of the album slow and moody. I have a feeling this is where Bridgers feels most comfortable as one can count the uptempo songs from her two albums on one hand. Having said that, when she does go for something a bit faster (it’s all relative), she succeeds: check out ‘Kyoto’ and ‘ICU.’ For something a bit slower, I really like the title track with its repetitive keyboards in the background.
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