Faye Webster’s “Underdressed at the Symphony” Album Review

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Alternative artist Faye Webster released her fifth studio album titled, Underdressed at the Symphony, on March 1, 2024. Within 10 songs and 37 minutes, Webster explores different styles in songs such as “Lego Ring” with Lil Yachty and “But Not Kiss.” While exploring these different styles, Webster also maintains some of her old sound throughout the album. Below are my three favorites off of Underdressed at the Symphony with explanations as to why:

 

  1. “Thinking About You”: As the first track on the album, I believe the overall tone and melody of “Thinking About You” perfectly sets up the album’s sound. Although this slower-paced and soft-spoken vibe is similar to Webster’s previous work on tracks such as “A Dream With a Baseball Player” and “Kingston,” making this song the album’s opener perfectly displays the mixture of soft and heavier sounding songs on Underdressed at the Symphony. Although this song is my favorite on the album, I do not care for the Canadian-sounding pronunciation of the word “about” throughout the track. Since the lines, “I’m thinking about / Thinking about you” are repeated so often throughout the song, the pronunciation of “about” irks me every time Webster sings it. With this being said, I believe that the rest of the track is close to perfect. 
  2. “Underdressed at the Symphony”: In this track, Webster once again displays a gentle tone and slow beat, using this combination to reflect on a breakup. In lines such as, “And I’m wearing new clothes / I’m not the silhouette you know,” Webster highlights the change she has undergone in order to help herself move on from her ended relationship. Along with the lyrics, one of my favorite parts of this song is the symphonic melody that plays directly after Webster sings the line, “I’m underdressed at the symphony,” as I believe it fits in perfectly with the song, allowing this track to stand out from others on the album. The subtle harmonies and the softness in Webster’s voice secure this song a spot on my top three on the album. 
  3. “Feeling Good Today”: Although songs with autotune are not my favorite, the harmonies in “Feeling Good Today” and the honesty in lyrics such as, “I got paid yesterday / I’ll probably buy something dumb / Because I am pretty childish,” make it one of my favorites. Despite the fact that it is just over a minute long, I can have this song playing on repeat and not get bored of it because of the faster beat as compared to some of the other songs on the album. As the fifth track out of 10 on the album, I believe that “Feeling Good Today” makes a good halfway point in the tracklist because of its length and more seemingly upbeat tone than in other tracks. 

Although I did not enjoy every song on Underdressed at the Symphony, I will definitely be adding the previously discussed songs into my rotation. While some of my all-time favorite Faye Webster songs remain on previous albums such as, I know I’m Funny haha and Atlanta Millionaires Club, I have a feeling that tracks like “Thinking About You” and “Underdressed at the Symphony” will slowly start to become some of my favorites as I continue to listen to them.

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