Sir Babygirl exists in the over-the-top, but on her debut LP Crush On Me, the drama feels more honest than ever.
When Sir Babygirl first crashed into our consciousness with her single “Heels”, she arrived with a sound that was already distinctly her own. Now the opening track of her first album, “Heels” is still very much the same emotional juggernaut; a track capturing the whirling chaos of a turbulent time, and the intensely liberating experience of charging through to its end – battered but unbeaten.
This turbulence rocks the rest of the album as well, but it’s now a bumpiness that Sir Babygirl rides like a pro. The scenarios vary in intensity; “Flirting With Her” tackles the high-pressure stakes of trying to act on a new infatuation, while “Haunted House” bluntly discusses the mixed luck of facing a downward spiral in the midst of greater, general disarray.
Through them all however, Sir Babygirl remains unshakeably self-aware - acutely familiar of how her psyche will lead her through each situation as she takes us through every ricocheting thought and feeling. While the wreckage is real, in her role as tour guide Sir Babygirl periodically injects in comedy to further entertain us. “Flirting with her is like butterflies screaming” she announces on the opening line of the aforementioned track, before later imitating a message alert with her muse’s single-word response. On “Cheerleader” she solemnly references a failed cheer routine before 180-ing into a sugary-sweet chorus with decidedly more ominous lyrics, and “Everyone Is A Bad Friend” finds her sticking out a metaphorical tongue at acquaintances quicker to offer her life advice than apply it to themselves – a barely-contained effort to smile and nod that explodes into a massive (and gratifying) “nyah nyah!” moment before the track’s end.
Our walkthrough of the life and times of SBBG isn’t one from behind a glass screen though, and her remarkable ability to detail and process these streams of consciousness while still maintaining their visceral rawness is what makes Crush On Me the unceasing headrush it is. Only on the album’s penultimate track, “Pink Lite”, does Sir Babygirl offer both us and herself what feels like a moment of genuine pause – to provide a single, exhilarating look back on all the ground we’ve covered. And it’s only then, after blasting through all those disasters together, that she finally, officially, introduces us to herself on the album’s title track. As it turns out, despite all that’s transpired, Sir Babygirl’s still pretty into herself. Chances are you will be too.