About U – MUNA
The second half of the album starts off with the song promise, which is a bit more up-tempo, with a distinct rhythm and guitar-line. The song lyrically describes someone having a hard time shown affection towards their partner, which is shown in, for example, the chorus; “Hold my hand I make a fist”. Her significant other tries to make contact but she does not respond the way in which she might be affected. “I don’t know if I can”. She seems to know that this is making things more complicated and even though her partner claims that it’s okay, she doesn’t know if she can forgive herself for this. Is it really worth it? And really, can it be controlled? Following Promise is If U Love Me Now. It has a much calmer sound than the previous track, focusing a deeper base-sounding element. It does follow the previous track to a certain extent, describing difficult aspects within a relationship. It also has a darker side to it, describing issues such as being suicidal, “You should just let me leave, if you love me now”. To me, this describes how mental illnesses can affect a relationship, for both parties. It is hard to feel loved when you’re in a dark and hopeless place, but it is also hard to love someone who is so very difficult to love. I really like this track, the musical simplicity and the lyrical complexity is a great combination and this is personally one of my favourite tracks on the album.
Crying On the Bathroom Floor is the eight track on the album and my first impression was that it had a much more pop-sounding sound to it. The first verse describes how getting material things from their significant other will make them feel nothing, making me personally instantly think of abusive situations. As if the material things will take away the pain, as a way of apologizing. But it is time to get out, and she doesn’t know how. The way she has achieved highs before does no longer work; “And the drugs don’t work, and I don’t know why”. Even though the lyrics have a very serious message, get out before it is too late, the song has a dancing vibe to it. I did hear this one in concert and I did not think about the deeper meaning of the song as the main lyrics; “Crying on the bathroom floor”, really was the only line I picked up making me think about a break out. I really like that as I enjoy looking into songs and finding much more than what I initially thought there was to find. End of Desire is the next track and it follows a similar musical sound with a more up-tempo vibe to it. There is not that big of a difference between the verse and the chorus which makes the song sort of float together as one thing which to me, makes it a bit more uninteresting to listen to. The lyrics seems to describe what the title states, ending the desire, possibly towards a partner. She know it is almost impossible but it is time and she wants to go home, back to herself.
The second last track on the album is Everything, which is one of my favourites on the album. Even though the name of the song doesn’t seem to have a connection to the song itself, the lyrics in the chorus goes “everything is about you to me”, referring back to the name “about you”. This sort of ties the album up, if this reference would be perceived as the inspiration to the album. “Everything it about you to me”, is what most of the album has already described, this person is her world but it is hurting her. She also describes how everything she sees, she connects to her former lover. “I wanted to call you, and tell you about how her hair got caught in her mouth”, she wants to know if this girl she is seeing is beautiful to her ex, and if she is just as beautiful. The feeling of imperfection is constant through the song as she in the second verse says, “would you want to revisit the marks on my skin?”. It’s over but she is struggling to move on, why did it happen and maybe, is she the cause of it? Is her imperfection the cause?
The final track is conveniently called Outro, which gives a sort of conclusion to the album. What has happened, has happened. Her partner wants to leave, “it’s time”, but she has a hard time letting go. “To keep me in the back of your mind, for someday, maybe next time”. She is still hoping that he will come back. She cries when he leaves and she keeps letting him in, and he keeps leaving her. The end.
It was really nice hearing an artist live first and then looking into the album as I had an image of the band in mind the entire time. In addition, it was also nice looking deeper into the songs that I had heard live as there often was a deeper message within the songs. I really like the album and there are some songs that can definitely be found in my playlist. There are songs that I found less interesting, such as end of desire, but the sound of the album as a whole is really nice. The songs are similar yet different.