Album Review: Girl in Red’s “If I Could Make It Go Quiet”

A music aficionado with a knack for writing. A die-hard hip-hop fan who enjoys boom-bap beats and bars.

Album Cover for “If I Could Make It Go Quiet”

Album Review: “If I Could Make It Go Quiet”

However, I was so swamped with work on the day of the album’s release that I forgot to listen to it until I saw Taylor Swift’s Instagram story encouraging her fans to listen to the album and describing it as spectacular. In early April, I came across Girl in Red’s infectious single “Serotonin” while browsing through Apple Music’s “Alt Ctrl” playlist, and I knew right away that I had discovered a gem of an artist. I quickly went through all of her previous songs, pre-saved the album, and made a mental note to listen to it on the day it was released. After giving the album a first listen, I knew it was a masterpiece and decided to write a review about it.

If I Could Make It Go Quiet is Girl in Red’s debut studio album, and it checks all the boxes for me in terms of a perfect album. It’s an album that combines a variety of musical genres, including indie-pop, dance, pop, and even hip-hop. The album delves into issues that confront everyday society today, particularly among youths, by covering various themes such as mental health, love, infidelity, and heartbreak. On this album, Marie Ulven AKA Girl in Red accomplishes a number of ground-breaking feats while also ensuring that it is thoroughly enjoyable for all listeners.

Taylor Swift is an unexpected source of inspiration for her songwriting. Girl in Red discusses mental health, infidelity, and heartbreaks on this album, and she tells her story to the listener perfectly. Marie gloriously reaches out to her listener with her lyrics, making the listener feel what she feels as she puts her thoughts on paper. The album’s songs were all beautifully written, and there were no flaws in that department. The relatable lyrics and brilliant penmanship of songs like “Serotonin,” “Rue,” and “hornylovesickmess” connect with the listener. The impeccable songwriting that abounds throughout the album was the album’s major highlight for me.

Official music video for “Serotonin”

Another major highlight of the album for me was the album’s overall cohesion. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable piece of work from beginning to end, and the cohesiveness added to my enjoyment of listening. All of the tracks on the album flow seamlessly into one another, and there are no skips on this album in my opinion. If I Could Make It Go Quiet is a fantastic collection of work that flows smoothly from beginning to end. The album’s final track, “it would feel like this,” is a piano instrumental that beautifully closes out the project.

Marie’s growth as an artist is reflected in a perfect blend of indie-pop, dance, and electronic pop, though there are some notable amateurish traces here and there. The album demonstrates that she has the range to properly delve into mainstream pop. If I Could Make It Go Quiet is one of those albums that I consider to be perfect, owing to my inability to find any flaws in the project or my love for it clouding my judgment. Another aspect of If I Could Make It Go Quiet that I admire is how Marie defies the stereotype of a bedroom Pop artist. However, there is always room for improvement, and one area where this could be done is in the production choices, as most of the production styles sound a little cliched. Despite the fact that Finneas’ track “Serotonin” adds a unique production feel to the album.

To Sum It Up

It sounds so fresh, new, and different from what’s currently trending in pop music. In my opinion, it is a five-star album, and I hope it is mentioned in discussions about the best albums of 2021. If I Could Make It Go Quiet is an album I didn’t realize I needed until it was too late. An all-around enjoyable project with excellent songwriting and a lot of replay value.

If I Could Make It Go Quiet is available for purchase on Amazon.

“Serotonin,” “hornylovesickmess,” and “Rue” are essential tracks.

Rating for the Album

This information is correct and true to the best of the author’s knowledge, but it is not intended to replace formal, individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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