The highly anticipated third album by PVRIS, Use Me, is finally here, and we’re loving it.
It’s been three years since the release of the masterpiece that was their second album, so everyone was excited about the release of Use Me. The album was announced to be released earlier this year. Unfortunately, it was delayed, but the wait was worth it! We’re here to tell you all about it.
The new PVRIS era
Use Me is not only a new album, but it’s also a whole other era for PVRIS.
From the beginning, this album felt very different from White Noise and All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell. First of all, PVRIS changed producers, and JT Daly was the one to bring to life this album.
But also, it seemed like the band had a whole other attitude about this release. This time Lynn Gunn took a well-deserved step forward when it came to recognizing her input into the band. In this album, Lynn played the entirety of the guitar, drums, and bass parts. She wrote the songs, produced some of them, and of course, sang the vocals. And this time, she didn’t shy away from it.
I allowed myself to support a narrative I thought I had to support of PVRIS being a band. I didn’t really have a role model for this. Coming from a ‘band culture,’ it’s about how the group is always greater than the sum of its parts, and you’re not supposed to take credit, even if you do everything. There’s no template or role model for really owning it as a woman. I wanted to make everyone else happy and uphold an image I thought we had to. Growing up, I learned I don’t have to do that anymore. I’m finally allowing myself to take credit. I’ve got the full support and encouragement of my bandmates. PVRIS is a unit and very much a team, but the heart and soul of the vision and music always has sourced from me. I’m just saying it now. I fulfilled my own vision of what a role model should be.
Not only did she have immense input in the music but also in the whole concept of it. Lynn participated a lot in the making of the incredible music videos that were released. One of the best things about PVRIS’s music is indeed the whole atmosphere around it, and Lynn putting so much of herself into it made it even better.
Lynn created this album from scratch, and she isn’t afraid to get the credit she should get from it. This fact makes the album so much more special.
Use Me includes songs that were released in their EP from last year, Hallucinations. ‘Death Of Me’, ‘Hallucinations’, and ‘Old Wounds‘ were the first taste of Use Me we had, and they delivered. They showed a very interesting mixture of the best elements of their previous two albums. ‘Death Of Me’ was the first single, and it was such an explosive track to come back with after two years.
‘Dead Weight’ is explosive, full of aggressiveness and attitude coming from Lynn’s vocals. Her confidence shines in this song. And once again, she delivered when it comes to lyrics. Actually, as always, this is true for every single song in the album.
‘Gimme A Minute’ is the opening song to the album. What makes this song so good is the production. The build-up in this song is everything, and it makes it a perfect song to start an album with.
These 5 songs were released before the full album. They prepared us for the masterpiece that would be this album as a whole.
The new tracks
‘Good To Be Alive‘ definitely gives off All We Know Of Heaven All We Need Of Hell vibes when it comes to the lyrics, as the main lyric is: “Is this body even mine? Feels good to be alive but I hate my life.” However, the production of the song gives out such an “it is what it is” feeling, and it strangely feels refreshing and comforting. ‘Stay Gold‘ is also a somehow comforting song, but in a very different way. The lyrics express gratefulness towards someone Lynn wants to protect, and that will always be dear to her, even if the relationship eventually ends. It’s a nice side to see from her.
‘Use Me’ is the first time PVRIS includes a featuring in one of their albums and it is amazing. 070 Shake makes her appearance in the song in the second verse. This is a very dark song and Lynn’s vocals make it even better, as she takes us through a whole journey through this song.
‘Loveless‘ is honestly a track we weren’t expecting from them. While keeping the PVRIS atmosphere, ‘Loveless’ is a beautiful and heartbreaking acoustic song. ‘January Rain‘, on the other hand, is the definition of a nostalgic song. Both of these tracks reminisce on a previous relationship from which Lynn ended up hurting. Her vocals in these tracks transmit so much pain and regret. She’s incredible.
‘Wish You Well‘ is the perfect ending to the perfect album. It seems like, through this track, Lynn lets go of all the pain and regret from previous tracks. The song is, however, a very ambiguous song, and the lyric “I hope you’re healing and broken and bleeding” summarizes it pretty well. And it’s indeed the last lyric in the song, and therefore the album.
Just like ‘Nola 1‘ with All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell, ‘Wish You Well’ finishes off the album with a more optimistic outlook.
PVRIS came out with such a well-produced and well-written album, and it marks a whole other era for the band. They played around with different instruments, genres, and concepts and Lynn gave us a masterpiece. It really was worth the wait.
Check out all of the other new releases from this week, here.
Featured image source: Warner Records