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Album Review: Børns – Blue Madonna
Børns' second album shows development in sound while still maintaining his familiar songcraft, Natasha Burden reviews
Blue Madonna is Børns’ second album. Børns shows a development from his previous album Dopamine, whilst retaining its base emotionality. He tackles subjects of love and loss in a more mature style than previously explored and develops his style into a more self-assured and powerful sound.His title track is a song that uses vocals from Lana Del Rey. A collaboration I didn’t see coming, their voices gel together over a slow and sensual beat. Their vocal styles lend themselves to the slow exhalatory notes of the chorus.
“He tackles subjects of love and loss in a more mature style than previously explored
Songs on the album such as ‘Man’ are more what we would expect of a Børns album. It sits well as a progression from his biggest hit 'Electric Love' as an upbeat, feel-good song, whilst 'Second Night of Summer' is a track that feels more modern than the rest of the album. It contrasts the slow beat with faster lyrics.
“‘I Don’t Want U Back’ is a similarly freeing track that is an ideal song post-break-up
Overall, this long-awaited second album was a pleasure to listen to. It certainly didn’t revolutionise my opinion of Børns, but it features a selection of well written songs that make it an album that is very worthy of praise.
Børns will perform at London's KOKO on 17th May.