“Wish I could get a little undrunk so I could un-call you/At five in the morning, I would un-f*** you.” Jersey-native FLETCHER’s self-proclaimed “unlovers club” hit “Undrunk” took listeners and airwaves by storm at the beginning of 2019, propelling her to new heights with her first entry on the Billboard Hot 100, amassing 58 million Spotify streams, and… did we mention making her first TV debut on The Jimmy Fallon Show?
FLETCHER has solidified herself as one of the most relatable artists in pop music thus far, being unapologetically herself. Case in point: this “Undrunk” lyric that she didn’t want her parents to hear and I didn’t want mine to, either: “So I’m touching myself to the photos that you used to send me.” This post-breakup honesty plays out in FLETCHER’s newly released EP entitled ‘you ruined new york city for me,’ snapshots of moments in time from a failed relationship. The first track, “If You’re Gonna Lie,” (released previously to the album) is about the point in a relationship where you know something’s wrong but can’t bring yourself to leave out of fear of losing that person, even though they’re toxic. It prequels “Undrunk,” the punchy, I-ironically-want-to-scream-this-in-my-shower-but-also-wanna-sing-it-after-downing-a-few-shots, there’s no in-between, anti-Valentine’s Day anthem.
The eagerly awaited “All Love” is a standout that hits you right in the feels, not just because of the lyrical content, but also because of how FLETCHER so effortlessly starts out in her lower register and belts the song’s chorus with hair-raising emotion (that airy riff at the end of the song is a mood. Whenever I hear it, “I say I’m doing fine but I’m f*****g lying”). “All Love” narrates the soul-crushing moment when you see your ex with someone else and though the anger and resentment toward that person still lingers, you can’t really bring yourself to hate them, try as you might. Some heart-wrenching lyrics include: “The way you kiss her on her neck with that look in your eyes/Do it right in front of me, kinda makes me wanna die/But it's all love/I hate the feeling, but it's all love.”
“About You” narrates that moment in time when you wonder, x-amount of time post-breakup, when you’re starting to move on, if you’ll ever actually stop reminiscing over the person who broke your heart.
‘you ruined new york city for me’ ends with “Strangers,” heralded by fans as the “best song” on the album. Though it’s the last song on the album, “Strangers” brings us back to the beginning of the relationship, detailing where it all went right and then wrong. The chorus “We started out as strangers, now we're strangers again/The things I love about you, I'm supposed to forget/And every time I think about you, it don't make any sense/We started out as strangers, now we're strangers again” is punctuated by poppy, upbeat synths, an instrumental liberation in a moment of self-healing and acceptance of the relationship’s end.
‘you ruined new york city for me’ is set to make its tour debut beginning in Toronto September 3rd and rounding out in LA on September 25th.
Review by Anna Sejuelas
Anna Sejuelas is a New York-based LGBTQ+ writer whose work has been published in MTV, This Bitch Magazine, Her Campus, College Candy, Medium.com, and FLURT Magazine. The way she writes and sings is the way she wears red lipstick and leather jackets: classic and with a purpose. You can read her work here and find her on Twitter and Instagram.
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