Phoebe Bridgers kills it on her debut album.Dead Oceans, 2017
7.7 / 10
There are many strong singer/songwriter albums in 2017, and Phoebe Bridgers‘ debut Stranger In The Alps is one of them. Much like her friend Julien Baker, Bridgers is able to strike an emotional nerve with her very personal songwriting. Her talent caught the ear of Ryan Adams. He produced her debut EP Killer, and unsurprisingly, two of its songs land on Stranger — “Killer” and “Georgia”. Bridgers even covers Mark Kozelek, aka Sun Kil Moon with album closer “You Missed My Heart”. Those unaware of the song may gasp at its violence, but once you learn its a Kozelek original, it all makes sense. But Bridgers is a killer herself or at least thinks of herself as one on “Killer”. Really it’s just a metaphor for her fear of abandonment.
It’s a strong debut as you can likely ascertain. “Motion Sickness” feels quite topical in this post-Weinstein landscape where Bridgers hints at misconduct from an older lover. And likely a musician. “I hate you for what you did/ And I miss you like a little kid,” she sings before adding later, “You were in a band when I was born.” But no need to speculate as to who this song is about. Rather, it digs deep in the pit of your gut as she shares her angst with you. It only feels proper then that you should share this album with others that have yet to hear it.