Titanic Rising

Titanic Rising is the fourth studio album by American musician Weyes Blood, released on April 5, 2019 by Sub Pop. On January 17, 2019, Weyes Blood released the album's first single, "Andromeda".[3] A second single, "Everyday", was released along with an accompanying self-directed music video on February 12, 2019.[4]

Titanic Rising
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 5, 2019
Genre
Length42:22
LabelSub Pop
Producer
Weyes Blood chronology
Front Row Seat to Earth
(2016)
Titanic Rising
(2019)
Singles from Titanic Rising
  1. "Andromeda"
    Released: 17 January 2019
  2. "Everyday"
    Released: 12 February 2019
  3. "Movies"
    Released: 19 March 2019

The album received universal acclaim from critics, garnering an aggregate score of 91 out of 100 on Metacritic.[5]

ProductionEdit

RecordingEdit

Following the release of Front Row Seat to Earth, Natalie Mering signed with Sub Pop in 2017.[6] Titanic Rising was recorded in 2018 over a three month period at Sonora Studios in Los Angeles and was produced by Jonathan Rado.[7] The album named after the RMS Titanic and the 1997 film based on the ship's sinking, which had a profound impact on Mering when she was younger.[7][8][9]

Music and lyricsEdit

The album's music has been described as soft rock with influences from 1970s artists such as Joni Mitchell and The Carpenters, as well as chamber pop.[10][1]

The opening track "A Lot's Gonna Change," a song that Mering described as setting the overall theme of Titanic Rising, deals with the yearning for a return to the simpler times of childhood, as well as learning how to cope with changes without being bogged down with hopelessness.[10][9] "Andromeda," inspired by the galaxy and the mythological figure of the same name, deals with finding love in a world of distractions and past disappointments and features a LinnDrum.[11][12][13] "Everyday" has an upbeat melody and lyrics about the struggles of online dating.[14][15]

Mering described the title track, an instrumental, as an interlude between the album's first half, which deals with hope and love, and the second half, which deals with "an existential sub-zone."[16] "Movies" features synth arpeggios in the first half before giving way to strings.[17][16] Lyrically, the song deals with Mering's disillusionment with movies as a teenager and how she felt they lied to her.[16][18] "Picture Me Better" is about a friend that committed suicide while Mering was making the album, while the finale track on the album, "Nearer to Thee," is a reference to the alleged final song the band on the RMS Titanic played before the ship sank.[11][7]

ArtworkEdit

The album cover features Mering submerged in an underwater bedroom. The cover was photographed by Brett Stanley in a Long Beach, California pool. Commenting on the cover's meaning, Mering stated that she thought of water as symbolizing the subconscious, and that a bedroom lives in this subconscious space due to its role as "a safe [..] and imaginative space" that shapes people's beliefs and identities.[19]

ReleaseEdit

On January 17, 2019, Weyes Blood released the album's first single, "Andromeda".[3] A second single, "Everyday", was released along with an accompanying self-directed music video on February 12, 2019.[4] The album's third single, "Movies," was released along with an accompanying self-directed music video on March 19, 2019 .[16]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?8.4/10[21]
Metacritic91/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [1]
The A.V. ClubA−[22]
The Independent     [23]
Mojo     [24]
NME     [25]
The Observer     [26]
Pitchfork8.5/10[10]
Q     [27]
Rolling Stone     [28]
Uncut9/10[29]

Titanic Rising received widespread acclaim from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 91 based on 26 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[5]

AllMusic praised the record, stating that "she underscores enormously orchestrated pop songs with eerie experimental ambience, imagining a dreamworld where Joni Mitchell's late-'70s output was produced by Brian Eno."[1] Quinn Moreland, writing for Pitchfork, described the album as "a grand, sentimental ode to living and loving in the shadow of doom" and "her most ambitious and complex work yet".[10] Dazed Digital stated that, "pairing a rich, 70s soft-rock palette with rippling undercurrents of dread, it already feels like one of the year's best records, and a poignant document on what it feels like to inhabit this particular moment in time."[2]

Year-end lists
Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
AllMusic AllMusic Best of 2019 N/A
The A.V. Club The 20 Best Albums of 2019
5
Consequence of Sound Top 50 Albums of 2019
26
Dazed The 20 Best Albums of 2019
4
The Guardian The 50 Best Albums of 2019
10
NME The 50 Best Albums of 2019
9
NPR The 25 Best Albums of 2019
14
Paste The 50 Best Albums of 2019
1
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2019
9
PopMatters The 70 Best Albums of 2019
38
Slant The 25 Best Albums of 2019
18
Stereogum The 50 Best Albums of 2019
17
Treble Zine The Top 50 Albums of 2019
11
Uproxx The Best Albums of 2019
4
Vice The 100 Best Albums of 2019
20
Decade-end lists
Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Pitchfork The 200 Best Albums of the 2010s
143
The A.V. Club The 50 Best Albums of the 2010s
37

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Natalie Mering (Weyes Blood).

No.TitleLength
1."A Lot's Gonna Change"4:21
2."Andromeda"4:40
3."Everyday"5:07
4."Something to Believe"4:45
5."Titanic Rising"1:36
6."Movies"5:53
7."Mirror Forever"5:05
8."Wild Time"6:09
9."Picture Me Better"3:41
10."Nearer to Thee"1:05
Total length:42:22

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from liner notes.

ChartsEdit

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Digital Albums (ARIA)[47] 37
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[48] 139
French Albums (SNEP)[49] 113
Scottish Albums (OCC)[50] 20
UK Albums (OCC)[51] 68
US Top Album Sales (Billboard)[52] 34
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[53] 6
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[54] 3

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Except "Mirror Forever", produced by Rado, Mering and Brian D'Addario.

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