Power Pop is my favorite sub genre of pop music. I define Power Pop as the songs that you can put on whenever you’re feeling sad or down and they instantly lift you up to new heights. Recent masters of Power Pop include Little Mix, Tove Lo and Queen of Power Pop, Carly Rae Jepsen. If you aren’t already on the Betty Who wave after the 2015 ultra bop “All Of You,” I don’t know where you’ve been. Betty Who has been making slow moves toward a Power Pop takeover for the last two years first with her debut album Take Me When You Go and then with her cover of the iconic “I Love You Always Forever.”
The Valley is Betty Who’s sophomore album. If she was just teetering on the edge of Power Pop royalty before, she has now officially arrived at court. The Valley is bop after bop after bop while Betty Who takes us on a 44 minute breakup journey. The album’s opener, “The Valley,” is an acapella intro that foreshadows the impending feelings of heartbreak, impulse decisions, wanting to forget and nostalgia for what once was. Sonically she plays with synths, electro pop, EDM and big sweeping drum beats. As fantastic as some of the tracks are, her voice takes center stage on each song as she commands each lyrical turn. The Valley will be an album I continue to go back to month after month whenever I need a surefire dance party song.
Songs to dance to: Honestly you can dance to this ENTIRE album (minus the two below songs that you can cry to)
Songs to cry to: The Valley, Reunion
Album favorites: Wanna Be, Mama Say, Beautiful, You Can Cry Tomorrow
Favorite lyric: “This nightmare has become my favorite dream, because I’m standing in for a love that is the real thing” – Wanna Be