Georgie can write.
Since Forget he has demonstrated it. But Confess brings it all to another level.
Released on 4AD, Confess goes to show that his ability at crafting perfect, nostalgic “love” songs is going to be very hard to challenge. Not anyone can do it the way “Twin Shadow” does. His sensibility towards melody, structure, composition, execution and style are incomparable. Of course, you can bring in a list of influences that bounce around the album, but his ability to craft perfect pop songs is still at the forefront of why Confess is amazing.
It opens with the epic “Golden Light” and stays just as strong or stronger all the way through. Confess is just as straightforward as the album cover, as the name of the album. Twin Shadow spills out things that are seemingly “douche baggy” male figure-like, but at the same time are just straight honest. It seems his confessions and his lifestyles are condemnations of his honesty and playing life with no mask. In fact, I’d think him less of an ass for saying things how they go instead of covering them up.
Take “I Don’t Care” with its chilling storytelling of a night many can relate to. His yelp at not caring about love (something visited in Forget) but caring about “dancing” the night away is mesmerizing and brutal. It not only demonstrates his ability at crafting perfection, but also his ability to write beautiful lyrics. “Before the night is through, I will say three words, I’ll probably mean the first two and regret the third…. I don’t care.” His seemingly simple structure creates a flood of memories in the listener… I love you.
Twin Shadow takes us on his bike through Purple Rain (listen to Patient), and an epic, glossy Joy Division. Minimalistic electronic qualities are sprinkled throughout its entirety as well. I would be happy if most singles on the radio were replaced by the entirety of this album. If you haven’t listened to it, then I highly recommend you do so. It is clear that George Lewis Jr. is a master and professor.
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