Garrett Clark Borns — aka BØRNS — catapulted himself into the stratosphere seemingly from nowhere, with the release of debut album Dopamine. On his sophomore effort, Blue Madonna, Borns dives further into the deep glitz-rock dreamscape that defined his singular sound from the start.
Save for a feature from Lana Del Rey, the album, released on Interscope Records, sees Borns occupy center stage. Opening track “God Save Our Young Blood” is a pointed entrance into the journey known as youthful salvation. “Climbed up the tree of life,” sings Borns, undoubtedly there are times when the facade of youth becomes a bit overdrawn. “Kicked out of paradise” he continues, the effort is welcome regardless its simplistic lyrical approach. The album’s kick off track sees two of glam-pop’s most forthright purveyors synthesize their artistic prowess successfully. The project plays through in its entirety fairly quickly, too, with “Man,” the album’s longest, clocking in at a modest 3:57, that provides fans with an easy entry.
Aside from a few notable pitfalls, the project’s central focus around the thematic concept of disillusioned youth simultaneously nods to a variety of influences ranging from Bowie to Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker to Beyoncé herself. BØRN’s latest project is an eager step forward and, for all its imperfections: a welcome one.
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