According to a press release, The Veronicas’ previous album GODZILLA (which dropped on 28 May of this year) reflects their “public alter egos,” while this month’s HUMAN showcases the Origliasso twins as “vulnerable songwriters.” But listening to these albums back-to-back, they’re not entirely different beasts.
HUMAN opens in soothing fashion with power ballad Without You, minimal instrumentation immediately enhancing Lisa and Jessica’s vocal virtuosity: “Without you/ I finally see that I’m enough.” Track two makes an edgy, crunchy-trap-beat detour with featured artist Muki delivering the repetitive, accusatory hook (“All you do is li-li-li-li-lie…”) a lá Beyoncé.
Alongside recurring be-kind-to-yourself reminders (“I’m only human/ I f-ck it up sometimes”; “Life isn’t pretty/ We all get a little wrecked sometimes”) and a sidepiece’s epiphany (“You were all about hotels, diamonds, f-cking and fighting… I’m not a girl on the side”), HUMAN serves saucy lyrical delights: “Do you miss me in your sheets… The way I’d give you head”; “I’m still drunk at the bar, watching your every move/ Imagining how good you taste…”
There’s also ample future-dancefloor moments, including the boppy On Your Side, disco-infused Jealous and Shakira-esque (no jokes!) Goodbye. While dancing to Out Of Time – with surprise Rüfüs Du Sol-level rave breakdown – keep your phone handy, ‘cause you’ll wanna Google featured artist Wrabel.
Following the 2021 release of these immaculate companion albums, The Veronicas’ career trajectory should mirror the dizzying heights of their French-cut leotard leglines.
HUMAN by The Veronicas is out June 25 via Sony.
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