Typically, I don’t like the genre indie pop. Ian Sweet’s album, Crush Crusher, is an exception. This album is mainly about relationships and most importantly, the relationship you have with yourself.
Everyone has anxieties and Ian Sweet deeply sings about her own. She becomes vulnerable with the audience with fantastic results. The intimate details she reveals in her life provide insights into her emotions.
I think that songwriting is a way for her to ‘cure’ herself. Or at the very least, the only way she can expose these anxieties and somehow rid them. There’s the fear of loneliness, depression, inferiority, and rejection.
The whole album sways back in forth with emotions. In a way, it’s unorganized, but that’s not a bad thing. That’s how life is. We don’t know what the right answers are just like this album. What threw me for a loop was her voice. The whole time, I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not. It sounded like she had a scratched throat.
My favorite song on this album would have to be “Hiding.” It talks about how your own needs are also important. Not just other people’s. It’s understandable if you’re a people-pleaser. Sometimes, a person can get so wrapped up in daily life or issues that they forget to take care of themselves. It’s okay to say ‘no’ in social situations and talks about the fear of losing her own identity.
Sweet sings, “you’ll go and I’ll get swallowed by someone else’s spit.” What I think that means is that a people come and go. The people that kept her grounded maybe left her side and she ended up in a bad place because of it. Life is a mess, but it can always be cleaned up.
In a way, this album is akin to a self-help book. The power to evade misery by coming to terms with your own imperfections is important and possibly life-saving. Take care of yourself. Don’t waste your time with people who bring you down. It’s a lesson we can all learn from and benefit greatly.
Hits: “Hiding” “Crush Crusher”
Misses: “Question It”