In anyone else’s hands this would probably be a criticism, but the songwriting remains effortlessly brilliant. Planet Sizes bounces along on stabby piano chords before luxuriating in a beautiful chorus of tinkling synths and rolling drums. Like Water is one of the most conventional songs that Mason’s ever written but it’s a joyous thing, all lush orchestration and lyrics about overcoming sadness and coming out the other side, fitter and stronger.
Album closer Words In My Head is the edgiest thing here with its trip-hop beat and minor chords but it’s essentially a love song. And that’s the theme of the album: Mason’s finally opened the door to the sunshine and, damn, it feels good.
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