I have heard a lot of good things about Mitski, and this album in particular, but I regret to report that I just didn’t get it. I didn’t hear any memorable melodies, the production was unimpressive, and overall the whole thing just fell flat. But clearly it is striking a nerve for a lot of people, so this one might just be on me.
On the same college trip I mentioned yesterday, my family went into the only kind of record store that exists anymore — one that sells vinyl. My daughter Sophia, who received a turntable from a friend for her last birthday, perused the bargain bin for buried gems.
What she found was Just Sylvia, a 1982 album by country pop singer Sylvia Hutton. She didn’t know the music, but really liked the “aesthetic” of the album cover. That was worth her $1.