Boygenius’ ‘the record’ is an album that instantly captivates the listener. The first line of the opening track, ‘Without You Without Them’, sets the tone for what’s to come. Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus harmonize the lyrics, making it sound like a timeless Americana folk song. It’s an intimate and sincere request, asking to be known deeply and to connect with others on a profound level. The song’s haunting and beautiful melody, combined with the trio’s piercing vulnerability, is a testament to their artistic prowess.
The album was produced in 2020, two years after the surprise release of their self-titled EP. Since then, the three members have been busy making and touring music individually. They have all established themselves as generation-defining songwriters, receiving high-profile collaborations, Grammy nominations, and the respect of their peers. However, they found time to collaborate again, and ‘the record’ is the result of their musical prowess.
The opening four songs serve as stylish introductions into each member’s distinct style. Julien Baker’s ‘$20’ is a frenzied and playful track, with a chugging riff and Baker’s commanding vocals. Bridgers and Dacus join in, creating a wall of sound that perfectly complements Baker’s endeavour.
The rest of the album is equally impressive. ‘Stay Down’ is a bluesy and soulful track that showcases Bridgers’ and Dacus’ vocal range. ‘Tightrope’ is a standout track that builds to a crescendo, with the trio’s harmonies blending seamlessly with the instrumentation. The album’s closer, ‘Burning’ is a moving and introspective ballad that showcases the trio’s raw and emotional songwriting.
‘the record’ is an instant classic, a testament to boygenius’ artistic vision and skill. The album showcases the trio’s ability to collaborate and create something that is greater than the sum of its parts. With this album, boygenius has cemented its place as one of the most exciting and innovative supergroups of our time.