Like many people that turn to music, a troubled or patchy upbringing can play an important part in freeing your mind, giving you material to draw on, and bringing out something in you that people who’ve had an easy life could never get. Meg’s past has definitely inflicted wounds on her that have helped her in her musical career, and new album Sorry delves further than ever before into Meg’s true feelings, benefitting from this musically.
Meg’s move to L.A was the start of something special in her musical career, as it helped her settle, focus and write consistently. When this was set against her raw talent and brazen images created in her lyrics, something special was released. Opener The Morning After’s gentle sentiment is testament to this, as Meg’s childlike vocals glisten against sleight guitar and bells, beautifully contradicting the sombre messages and dark imagery of the track: ‘I couldn’t sleep last night, there were lions and bears tearing you from my side’.
Parade’s soft opening and floaty vocals continue this theme, with Meg’s voice sounding full of innocence, but also wisdom. With Parade being one of the most pop tracks on the record, it gives a sense of depth to the genre, rather than losing the message in gung ho lyrics.
What Meg does well on the record is bring songs out of their shell with a hard-hitting chorus. This is seen none more so than on Make A Shadow, where it hits you like a steroid injection to the heart. Sorry, the title-named track, also focuses on a big chorus, but draws instead on the inner turmoil of apologising when you don’t mean it, to add another level to the song.
Desire and its hip-hop connotations must also be mentioned for its deep, dirty and twisted honesty. Sounding like a futuristic renaissance, Meg shows the listener she’s not afraid to go places she hasn’t before, and therefore develops a real edge and grittiness to the well-structured track.
Sorry is great on many levels, and the use of raw emotion makes this an album full of interesting ideas. Meg is fast becoming a very skilled songwriter, and if this record is anything to go by, the she’s going to be around for a long time to come.