“And to think you would get me to the altar, like I follow you around like a dog that needs water.”
The Altar is the sophomore album from artist Banks. A follow up from the 2014 Goddess, The Altar shows Banks’ growth as a songwriter while still keeping the same sonic intensity that was found in Goddess. I first fell in love with Goddess because of the lyrics and the same was true of The Altar. Banks has a beautiful talent for conveying emotions through her storytelling and lyricism which I believe remains her strong suit throughout this album.
Going into this release I wasn’t a fan of the singles as standalone songs but once I listened to the album as one cohesive piece of art, it all seemed to fit together beautifully. Each track flows into the next effortlessly with the same underlying “you don’t own me” and “I will survive and rebuild” theme throughout. Do I like this album more or less than Goddess? I don’t know if I could compare the two honestly. Goddess to me was the first chapter in a young woman figuring out who she was. The Altar is the second chapter after she has been through some shit and is starting to figure out how strong she is and can be.
I also want to talk about the insanely beautiful album artwork for a quick minute. A female in the public eye chose to be bare skinned and vulnerable as the lead artwork for her major project and that is so bad ass I could scream. Beauty is whatever you want it to be and I could not be more positively outspoken about Banks for doing this and showing the world that she is just as stunning with a clean face and freckles as she is in makeup glam.
Songs to dance to: This Is Not About Us, Lovesick, Trainwreck
Songs to cry to: Mind Games, Mother Earth, To The Hilt
Album favorites: Gemini Feed, This Is Not About Us, Weaker Girl