Album Review Conan Gray - Superache

‘Superache’ seems to chronicle Conan’s attempts at finding his feet in love as much as his music.

Conan Gray - Superache

On ‘Superache’, Conan Gray meticulously portrays a doomed relationship, destined to fail from the first guitar strums on harmony-rich opener ‘Movies’. Themes of adolescent angst and unrequited love continue to dominate, as Conan vents a tendency to over-romanticise life. Ironically, yearning for a “love like the movies” preludes an album that sounds like it could soundtrack one, from the vivid, almost theatrical descriptions on ‘People Watching’, to deeply moody ‘Astronomy’ which wouldn’t be out of place in a Netflix original musical. Meanwhile, ‘Best Friend’ offers a brief interval from the heartbreak to shout out a partner in crime that is “just as psycho” as himself. Detailing the intricacies of heartbreak within a chronically-online generation, ‘Superache’ sees the full force of Conan’s experimentation as a storyteller. His teenage fixation on Lorde and Taylor Swift is evident in standout ‘Disaster’ where his clear ability to write an unapologetically great pop song shines. There are real moments of pain too - piano ballad ‘Yours’ yearns for a more substantial love while flexing his talent as a vocalist. It’s a record sure to speak to the crowd that once made up his YouTube subscribers and now line the barriers at his gigs. ‘Memories’, littered with therapy talk and wailing guitar, is a final powerful thrash at an ex, but ultimately melancholy dominates to the bitter end, as he departs on the sour note of ‘The Exit’. There’s no clear journey from track one, or even album one, as ‘Superache’ seems to chronicle Conan’s attempts at finding his feet in love as much as his music.

 

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