It may be a man’s world, but Nessa is ready to watch it burn. Back with a vengeance, Nessa Barrett has just released her sophomore EP, hell is a teenage girl. And yes, it’s just as angsty, heartbreaking, and stunning as it sounds! Drawing its title from the first line of the cult-classic film Jennifer’s Body, Nessa has perfectly encapsulated all of the emotions of a breakup into one perfect piece of art.
Leading up to the EP’s release, Nessa took to TikTok with an eight-part series talking about each track and the stage of a breakup it represented. Nessa not only shared the song’s meanings but also offered some words of wisdom to aid us all through hard times. Here’s what we learned from Baby Cowboy herself!
One of our top picks is ‘motel wh*re,’ or stage three of a breakup: the desperate stage. Now, we don’t say desperate in a bad way. We’ve all been there. ‘motel wh*re’ talks about that time when you lose your senses and will do anything you can to hold onto that person for a little bit longer, even if they’re bad for you.
The Lesson: Don’t call them, no matter how badly you want to!
‘plane to paris’
Nessa calls ‘plane to paris’ stage two of a breakup: codependency. All about that one special person you’d hold onto until the end of the world, ‘plane to paris’ is a haunting track you’ll want to listen to over and over again. This song took on several different assumed titles in the fandom before its release, including ‘sky caves in’ and ‘doomsday comet,’ which are both derived from the chillingly beautiful lyrics. In the end, ‘plane to paris’ remains a gut-wrenching fan favorite!
The Lesson: Love is amazing, but sometimes it goes up in flames!
‘the one that should’ve got away’
If I knew then what I know now, I would’ve never let you in. I would’ve burned it to the ground.
Nessa Barrett, ‘the one that should’ve got away’
The Lesson: It’s okay to let go. It could be a blessing in disguise!
‘heartbreak in the hamptons’
In what can only be described as a bad b*tch anthem, ‘heartbreak in the hamptons’ brings us to stage five. This is the track you play when you’re feeling yourself, hyping yourself up, and remembering just how amazing you are. If you’re a fan of other Nessa songs like ‘too hot to cry’ and ‘counting crimes,’ this one is for you! Turn it up, Nessa Nation, because it’s time to enter your hot girl era!
The Lesson: We’re hot. That’s it. That’s the lesson. Very important!
‘hell is a teenage girl’
The title track, ‘hell is a teenage girl,’ sets the tone for the entire EP… even if it is stage six. All about revenge and, in Nessa’s words, “f*ck men”, ‘hell is a teenage girl’ motivates us to embrace our feminity and take back our power. Accompanied by an apocalyptic music video, Nessa sits atop a white horse venturing through a desolate wasteland following a plane crash. Subtly paying homage to her other work like ‘madhouse’ with the lyrics, “I’m just a baby but they try to slut shame me,” Nessa has seamlessly tied in her eras together in a pretty pink bow.
I’m too sensitive when I start to cry, but I’m a cold-hearted outside bitch when I keep it inside.
Nessa Barrett, ‘hell is a teenage girl’
The Lesson: No matter what you do, someone is always going to have something to say, but you can do anything and prove them wrong. Don’t be afraid to be strong and if you have to, burn everything to the ground!
Her previously released singles ‘american jesus,’ ‘BANG BANG,’ and ‘lie’ bring us to our eight stages total. Spanning everything from love and loss to anger and acceptance, hell is a teenage girl is an emotional rollercoaster we never want to get off!
If you haven’t already, click here to stream hell is a teenage girl right now! You’ll need a box of tissues, a crowbar, and your favorite pair of high heels (white horse is optional!). But we promise it’s worth it. We predict hell is a teenage girl will be the EP of the summer.
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