By Zach Hester
From the moment I first heard a Betty Who song in the background of a YouTube video back in 2012 or 2013, I knew I was listening to a superstar.
Now in 2019 and on her third studio album, Betty Who has truly risen to the occasion and become the pop star that she is destined to be. She described this record, simply titled BETTY, as having the same feeling as making her first album.
Each song brings something new to the table. “Old Me” is just pure fun. “Just Thought You Should Know” and “I Remember” showcase different sides of love. “The One” is a track to be noted. It’s basically a 90s-style NSYNC or Backstreet Boys song under Betty’s name. If you are a 90s kid, you will really cherish this one.
Lead single “Ignore Me” is about rising from the ashes after rejection from any number of things in your life. It’s an uplifting track that will instantly be stuck in your head. On that note, “Language” will be stuck up there too.
“Taste” is probably the outlier when it comes to songs that I don’t instantly love. I hope it will grow on me, eventually.
The final song “Stop Thinking About You” has the essence of a closing ballad, but remains upbeat just like the rest of the record.
The record feels like a return to the roots of who Betty Who is as an artist. It’s a nice refresher that deserves more attention than it’s getting.
Whether it’s body positive anthem “All This Woman” or a fun, party song about being in love like “Marry Me”, all of these songs provide a sense of not just nostalgia, but a sense of something that feels like you should be dancing in the streets with this as your own personal soundtrack. Each sound in Betty’s voice and all the delightful synth pop notes radiate fun. This is a record I will definitely be revisiting.
Best Songs: Old Me, Ignore Me, The One