Album Review Faye Webster - I Know I’m Funny haha

Faye Webster - I Know I'm Funny haha

She knows she’s funny, but we think she’s pretty smart.

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By way of a thesis summary, Faye Webster’s confession on ‘Both All The Time’ takes the cake; “I’m loneliest at night / after my shower beer.” Capturing the modern dating experience in 11 well-crafted vignettes, ‘Funny..’ is an album that tracks the life-cycle of an ill-fated romance, with all the glorious highs and lows - trying to impress their family, sharing your deepest secrets and then scrabbling to find ways to piece yourself back together when it all goes tits up. Despite its tumultuous subject matter, Faye hasn’t abandoned the melodic Hawaii-Five-O charm of her earlier work, infusing it with just the right amount of bite. ‘Cheers’ drapes slinky, skippering guitars over a steely frame, while ’Sometimes’ is a SoCal Frank Ocean lullaby, dissolving its woes in a glass full of blissful piano. The music acts as a balm for the lyrical headspace; on ‘A Stranger’ she finds herself deep in self-pity, comparing herself to exes past through swooning spoken-word, while ‘A Dream with a Baseball Player’ beds its lyrical double-meaning in a swinging hip-hop bassline: “How did I fall in love with someone / I don’t know?” Maybe the entire relationship was a fiction? It’s difficult to tell, but it hardly matters. Endearing and relatable without ever lapsing into total fondue, Faye Webster knows exactly how to roll with life’s punches, how to find the humour in a vulnerable moment. She knows she’s funny, but we think she’s pretty smart.


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