This past weekend a few of my best friends from home went and saw Watsky perform in Boston. I watched their snapchats with envy and nostalgia. After all, his older song Sloppy Seconds once seemed to be the summer anthem that kept our friend group glued together. His words, “I don’t care where you’ve you been, how many miles, I still love you.” sting even more now that I’m in Los Angeles, California while my best friends are mostly in Boston, Massachusetts.
George Watsky, spoken-word poet, rapper, and Emerson College alumn, tends to have that stinging effect on young twenty somethings who haven’t quite found their way yet. His latest album, X Infinity, came out this past August and I was all over it. I listening to it for days on repeat. I couldn’t get enough of the introspective, honest, and raw insights. Each song seemed to mean something more to me than the last.
For no reason at all I wrote down my thoughts about each track when I listened to the album in full for the first time in my iPhone notes. Here is that journey. Warning: following language is explicit and nonsensical.
Before even hitting play:
!!!!!!!!! Yes bitch !!!!!!!!!! I’m so ready
Track – Pink Lemonade
– I love the line “You want to run a country? That makes me shiver. Bitch, I don’t trust you to run with adult scissors.”
– This song is strong on it’s own. It’s very obviously a song about current political climate/how ridiculous America is right now. True.
– “I vote Yeezus, DeezNuts 20/20.”
Track – Tiny Glowing Screens Pt.3
– No words. Take everything ever and we are that, times infinity.
Bonus Track – Exquisite Corpse
– Holy shit. So much commentary. This song has so many people featured on this song.
– “Bill the science guy told us the end is nye.” Ugh, a pun so good it makes me groan.
– A song about a potential Apocalypse and how to survive.
– “Atlanta is lost, Justin Bieber is dead.”
– Most powerful part is Chinaka Hodge’s verse: “Nothing’s all that different, been the same for black women, when apocalyptic breakfast follows revelation dinners. The lights been out, the water smelling of Flint. Exquisite corpses laying where the bodies had been. No bombs over Baghdad, just drones with grenades. When life gives us citrus we learn to drop Lemonade.”
Track – Knots
– A song about failing to succeed.
– Beautiful piano composure on this one.
– This is how I feel about making content when I’ve run out of ideas x 1000.
– Sounds like a very dramatic musical monologue in a weird adaption of The Catcher Of The Rye. Holden Caulfield vibes.
Track – Chemical Angels
– A song I would put on if I hosted a house party.
– “Comfort I crave.” Same.
– “My brain has a mind of it’s own.” Same.
– Pretty sure it’s about drug/alcohol use, and not wanting to change.
Track – Going Down
– A song about ‘going down,’ literally.
– Sexuality is celebrated.
– Comments how masculinity is fragile in a hilarious way.
– This is a jam. It’s my friend’s favorite song on the whole album.
Track – Conversations
– I love this.
– Conversations with parents.
– Uncertainty about what comes next. Same.
– Parent: “How did I raise this emo f***** 9-year-old?”
– Children have ton of answers that adults cannot offer them.
Track – Don’t Be Nice
– Yas, Queen. I’m calling Watsky “Queen” because I hate when people call artists “Daddy.” He kills it in this, though.
Track – Brave New World
– The voice of guest Chaos Chaos is so soothing.
– Again, another one with a lot of commentary about the political state.
– “Every minute, deeper in it, another fantasy is brought to life.”
Track – Love Letters
– “If you love someone, then you tell them.”
Track – Talking To Myself
– This is my favorite song on the whole album, I can already tell.
– It’s about being your own best friend.
– I relate to this so much because I constantly battle anxiety and that can be alienating.
– Sounds worse than it feels, but this song puts into words how I often feel.
– “Have you felt a little off today? Had a lot to say? But wound up talking to yourself?”
Track – Midnight Heart
– I want to send this song to every dumb guy that has ever tried to manipulate me, or mansplained to me, or just disrespected me in general.
– It’s the Don’t Hurt Yourself (Beyoncé’s Lemonade) of this album.
– “Sorry buddy, it’s time you knew. Nothing you ever said was funny; the punchline is you.”
– “I can’t bend over for someone I don’t respect.”
Track – Roses
– This song sounds so soothing and sweet.
– It’s about having the strength to move on.
– It’s goes off on needing attention and fueling ambition.
– It this reflects how he’s feeling, I’m glad Watsky is seemingly at peace with himself and content. He must be protected at all costs.
Track – Yes Britannia
– I love this.
– About saying goodbye and finding resolutions.
– “See you never, I guess.”
– Reminds me of those relationships that quickly and suddenly unravel.
– Flashbacks to watching someone losing interest in me, haaaaa.
– “The world is one mean, motherf*****” Well said.
Track – Stick To Your Guns
– A metaphor about school shootings and the need for gun control in the U.S.
– This song makes me uncomfortable, but I think it’s supposed to.
– Talks about glorification of shooters and the monetization of tragedy.
Track – Little Slice
– This is another song I would put on if I hosted a house party.
– Reminds me of my college friends (same college as Watsky, actually).
– “There’s so many people I love right here, but it hasn’t been a good night, until the sh** gets kind of weird.”
– I also just want a little slice of paradise. Where can I get this?
Track – Springtime In New York
– The only song I do not like.
– The screeching subway and New York City background sounds give me anxiety.
– I had to shut it off.
Overall album thoughts:
10/10 would recommend. This is Watsky’s best album. I crave his meta anxious experimental commentary.
From Sloppy Seconds’ summertime homely bliss to Talking To Myself’s frustration, Watsky knows how to strike just the right heart string for it to work.
X Infinity is so good that I worry it’s a departure album. His grand ‘going out with a bang.” I hope this isn’t the case, but until then I’ll be trying to grab a slice of paradise – I don’t need the whole pie, just got to have my little slice.