Written By: Michelle Doering
Originality: (4 / 5) Vocals/Flow: (4.5 / 5) Lyrics: (5 / 5) Production: (4.5 / 5) Average: (4.5 / 5)
I have some feelings about Some Feelings.
Ukulele goddess and long-time favorite of mine, Julia Nunes has a knack for getting right to the heart of an issue. If she feels strongly about something she writes a song about it, much like a less controversial Taylor Swift. Results of this method vary from songs about burning the roof of your mouth on some pizza to ones about crushing emptiness creeping in on you towards the end of a really bad relationship.
On Some Feelings, Julia’s fifth studio album, she takes a turn for the more serious. While there are still quirky and lighthearted songs like “Make Out” and “Cool Thanks,” that hearken back to her old style, the majority of tunes presented here seem to be deeply personal and centered around heartbreak.
The best of these in my opinion is “That Was Us,” a slow-building ballad in which Nunes openly begs for a lover not to give up on her. It’s a raw and emotional track with a haunting melody that really showcases her vocals.
There’s also “Locked In My Mind,” which is about fear and indecision and how those two things can keep you from going through with stuff that will ultimately make you happy in the long run. She sounds absolutely amazing on it and I love the composition. It’s a surprisingly simple and stripped down song while still being very layered and dynamic. It builds well and the chords move in such a way that really emphasizes the story being told.
As far as my favorite song is concerned, I’ve gotta give it to the first track, “Then OK.” The best word to describe this song is just open. Everything about it is just so full and rich. The strumming is unique and infectious, the vocals are booming, and the lyrics are charming and relatable. It’s about trying to keep things logical and uncomplicated but failing miserably due to pesky romantic feelings and such. Haven’t we all been there? Probably my favorite line is “you are caffeine and I’m staying up all night.” I love the run at the end of that phrase and the way it perfectly captures the way she feels like she’s using this person as a crutch, but she can’t help herself. Easily one of my top five songs by her.
Another standout is “Something Bad.” This one is very catchy and hummable, but with a more melancholic tone. It feels very nostalgic. It’s one of those songs where you hear it and it sounds familiar in a way that you can’t quite place, but it still makes you feel things all the same.
Overall, I think I still prefer her last album over this one, but if you’re looking for something honest, moving, and singable with really great instrumentation I cannot recommend Some Feelings enough.