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Life Support gives a glimpse of Madison Beer in her most vulnerable state

by Shannon Garner. Published Sat 06 Mar 2021 17:59, last updated: 16/03/21

Madison Beer’s debut album ‘Life Support’ has arrived and is anything but surface-level listening.

The album gives a raw and authentic view of her life, following her diagnosis of borderline personality disorder.

Beer stated that she was “in and out of a lot of dark mental states” and working on this album kept her alive.

The 21-year-old singer displays these battles with brutal honesty and shows how she is now more in touch with her emotions because of these experiences.

The album’s opener, ‘The Beginning’ shows off Beer’s haunting, yet angelic vocals which are almost siren-like and sets the tone for the rest of the album.

The opener directly leads into ‘Good in Goodbye’, the album’s lead single, which is an R&B inspired track waving goodbye to a toxic lover.

This song follows the spooky theme of the opener by having a haunting introduction, yet is still empowering.

“I don’t even gotta try to find the g-o-o-d in goodbye” shows that Beer is no longer going to stay in a toxic relationship and now finds it easy to say goodbye.

Following the theme of a toxic relationship, Beer continues the confident attitude in ‘Blue’. This song explores how the singer gained courage to leave a horrible relationship.

The lyrics “getting rid of you might be the best thing I ever did” also shows how she is better off due to ending the relationship.

‘Stay Numb and Carry On’ switches the tone of empowerment and shows Beer at a more vulnerable state. She describes herself as being emotionless and explains that she stays numb due to past traumas, which is something that everyone can relate to.

“Stay numb and carry on/ Too young to hate someone/ Truth is, it was never love/ Your fault if you thought it was” expresses the emotionless and numb state.

The track is relatable to many as everyone has been through pain that made them wish they were numb.

The brutal honesty is shown in the ethereal tune ‘Effortlessly’ as Beer breathlessly sings about the experiences of first taking medication for her mental health.

She refers to the medication as a “little fix-it-all” and about how she “used to do these things so effortlessly.”

Another single from the album, ‘Baby’, is more upbeat and touches on Beer’s growth in confidence, both personally and sexually.

The sex-positive track explores loving and regaining confidence in your own body which is showcased in the first verse: “I look too good to be in this bedroom/ Without someone to touch me like you do.”

This theme is further amplified in the chorus as Beer sings “If you wanna be my baby/ Know I’m gonna drive you mad/ Probably gonna call me crazy/ I’m the best you ever had.”

The entire song strongly showcases the growth in confidence and has a message that everyone can learn from.

The production values are clear and persistent throughout the whole album and the stories being told makes it a great debut for the rising pop-star.

Rooted in authenticity, ‘Life Support’ showcases moments of vulnerability coupled with resilience and truly allowed Beer to open up about her struggles.

The long-awaited album wasn’t aggressively sad but it is ambitious yet shallow and is seemingly intent on proving the seriousness behind Beer’s personal experiences.

The message behind ‘Life Support’ is very raw and will resonate with many and the production of the album shows that there are more great things to expect from Madison Beer.

Did you enjoy her album? Let us know in the comments below.


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