Sure, yes, Sia released her very first Holiday album Everyday Is Christmas today (November 17) as well, but we’re not going to focus on that just yet – we’re going to deservedly give our full undivided attention to the Queen of the Clouds.
On BLUE LIPS, the highly anticipated second phase and final two chapters of the Lady Wood era, Tove picks up right where her two Lady Wood chapters (Fairy Dust and Fire Fade) left off. She’s still chasing highs to feel alive, but this time around, the Swedish songstress is peeling back the layers and diving even deeper into her psyche – a reckless and vulnerable place to be – as she triumphs through her ups and downs on her empowering third go-around. With that said: BLUE LIPS isn’t necessarily better than Lady Wood, but it does feel like a solid conclusion to where it left off — and it’s arguably even more universal in its appeal.
The whole collection deserves a proper listen or two to fully appreciate, from the inviting intro “LIGHT BEAMS” to “dont ask dont tell” to “romantics (feat. Daye Jack),” but for those in search of some instant tracks to indulge, look no further than these five instant faves from BLUE LIPS (Lady Wood: Phase II). And then listen to all of it, OKURRR.
2. “disco tits“: As the first real song song of the album, “disco tits” is a triumphant display of Tove‘s growth and increasingly confident personality that thoroughly sets the tone of what lies ahead. She’s feeling weirder, wilder, more sexual and liberated than ever before and you feel it from start to finish on this dance throb. “I’m sweatin’ from head to toe/ I’m wet through all my clothes/ I’m fully charged, nipples are hard/ Ready to go,” she declares across the euphoric production. “disco tits” is a mixed bag of Swede-pop perfection, which is part of what makes it so intriguing — and certainly the reason why the song has been taking over my speakers ever since it debuted.
3. “shedontknowbutsheknows” isn’t just one of the album’s most immediate offerings, but also one of the more intriguing stories told on the LP. “She don’t know what you did when you come back home/ She don’t know what you’re doin’ out all night long/ She don’t know all the photos you’ve (got) in your phone/ But she knows (she knows, she knows),” Tove declares across the throbbing Weeknd-like production — an icy underground club anthem for those of you getting lost in some fu*k boy fu*kery.
6. “stranger” finds Tove diving back into her high as fu*k hazy cloud as she steps out in hopes to find somebody to fill her emptiness atop electrifying guitar riffs and dooming dance beats. “You’re my stranger in the dark/ I am lonely, lonely heart/ Waiting for someone to take me home/ You’re my stranger in the dark/ I am lonely, vagabond/ Hold me down, want you to bring me home..,” she croons. Damn, girl. That chorus is an absolute monster. A depressed bop. That’s a thing right?
7. “bitches“: This one first appeared at the end of Tove‘s Fairy Dust short film and I’ve been waiting to hear it in full ever since. Thankfully, it did NOT disappoint. “Bitches, I don’t trust ’em/ But they give me what I want for the night/ Bitches, I don’t trust ’em/ But I tell ’em and they do what I like,” she repeats throughout on the lesbian sex ode, produced by her “Keep It Simple” collaborator Ali Payami.
10. “cycles“: The Struts-produced “cycles” sees Tove finally owning up to things as she tells the story of a repetitive relashionship, the kind where you know it’s bad but can’t seem to make the first step to get out of it. “I’m in a cycle/ Yeah, I admit it/ How can I change it when I don’t know when I’m in it?/ I’m in a cycle/ Swear this is different/ Don’t wanna end it, if you leave then I keep spinnin’/ My life’s a cycle.” Pure relatable gold.
11. “struggle“: Like the title implies, the emotions and production get darker and moodier on this self deprecating throb. “I’ve got my way with words/ Don’t believe me/ Pretend like I don’t hurt/ I don’t, I don’t, I don’t/ I’ve got my way with pain/ Don’t believe me/ I numb myself to blame/ I don’t, I don’t, I don’t…” she declares out on the bridge, crying out louder and growing more frustrated in the process.
Okay, now go listen to the whole thing. That’s a demand!