MØ stylizes pop with a creative edge on sophomore album, ‘Forever Neverland’
Danish vocalist MØ offers listeners a robust array of brand new cuts on her sophomore album, Forever Neverland. The 14-track product follows the release of her 2014 debut LP, No Mythologies To Follow, and like MØ’s previous offering, sees the singer extend her inimitable vocals across a series of songs on which MØ is the sole artist. Forever Neverland is selective in its features — the album invites just five collaborators, What So Not and Two Feet on “Mercy,” Charli XCX on “If It’s Over,” Empress Of on “Red Wine,” and Diplo on the previously released and well-received single, “Sun In Our Eyes.” MØ oversees the remaining 10 album inclusions.
Released on Columbia Records, Forever Neverland further develops MØ’s brand of pop. An album that isn’t purely pop in its sound, MØ adulterates the pop stylistics of Forever Neverland with subtle tinges of other musical aesthetics. “West Hollywood (Interlude)” is a piano-assisted ballad break in the album, while “Blur” takes a singer-songwriter approach at its intro. Tropical sound elements permeate Forever Neverland, but are especially audible on “Red Wine,” and “Purple Like the Summer Rain.” Forever Neverland is the host of melodic twists and vocal hooks that draw the listener in for a streaming experience that feels fresh and original, bespeaking MØ’s ability to bring creativity to the pop genre with each successive release.
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