Life Support | Madison Beer
Life Support is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Madison Beer, released by Epic Records on February 26, 2021. Beer herself co-wrote and co-produced all seventeen tracks on the album. The album debuted at number 65 on the Billboard 200 and reached the top 40 in the United Kingdom and Canada. -Wikipedia
Beer’s long-awaited album was definitely worth the wait. She was able to prove her individuality while still being vulnerable and raw with her audience. It wasn’t aggressively sad, but it was still able to show her struggles and controlled the narrative of how they were shown. Beer was able to truly open up on her fights with the world, past lovers and the inner fight with herself. The album’s message not only resonates but shows that Madison Beer is truly here to stay.
Rooted in authenticity but still layered in artifice, the rising pop singer’s debut is ambitious yet shallow, seemingly intent on proving its own seriousness.
Whether she's belting out sex-positive pop songs, R&B or exploring slow-burning country twang, the LA-based singer is always defiantly herself.
Beats Per Minute
Life Support is a victorious debut from a singer whose determination and passion has allowed her to overcome any naysayers and detractors. While some tracks could stand to have their ideas explored more fully – in particular “Default” which ends suddenly right as things start to swell – this is still a satisfying listen from start to finish. As is the nature of this industry, Madison Beer will be compared to others, but she should be assured that her album stands out with its own vision and vibe that’s completely different from her peers. Worth the long wait, it is finally her time and the pop-sphere should welcome her with open arms.
The New Englander
Overall, however, this record has a substantial number of strong tracks that have successfully translated Madison Beer into an emerging name in pop music. I’m excited to see what the young artist does moving forward, and I really hope that is somewhere in the vein of leaning into those heavy moments sprinkled throughout this record.
The vocals might be too derivative and the lyrics might be too inconsistent, but the level of ambition in the music here is well beyond most pop debuts. Plus, we could always use more records that talk about mental health in such frank and honest terms, even if Beer loses the plot on occasion. Proceed with caution, but proceed nonetheless.
Black Boy Bulletin
Life Support isn’t a masterpiece by any means, but it didn’t need to be. The album did the job that Madison’s brand and marketing failed to do: accurately showcase her vision and sound as an artist. The most important thing is that Madison has found her pocket. All she needs to do is to continue to develop and hone that sound regardless of whatever direction external voices are trying to push her into. There’s an incredible amount of potential here.
The Red Ledger
“Life Support” by Madison Beer was a pleasant surprise that included all different types of music including Indie, EDM, Pop and some Pop-Rock. Beer’s emphasis on her vocals and lyrics was shown on songs throughout the album such as “Effortlessly,” “Stay Numb And Carry On” and “Emotional Bruises.” Due to “Life Support” having such a variety of music it appeals to all different kinds of listeners. It’s likely that everyone could find a song that appeals to them.
“Life Support” is a fresh of breath air in a music industry full of people trying to put out meaningless hits as a cash grab. Thank god for Beer!
Alternating between softer and more forceful tracks, Beer makes use of her smoky vocals and maintains pop music energy throughout her debut album. Although much of “Life Support” is emotionally shallow and saturated with pop music conventions, the variety of energetic beats paired with Beer’s lush voice lend themselves to an appealing album. So while the vibrant pop sound of “Life Support” produces a euphonic album, it could use a little more support to bring to life its emotional authenticity.
The Harbinger Online
After listening to all of the songs, my lasting impression is that it’s an above average debut album. It felt like Beer was cementing who she wants to be as an artist, and I was definitely impressed. The dominating background music and repetitive lyrics may have overpowered her message about her inner struggles, but it seems like she’s on the right track to becoming a major Pop singer. I’m looking forward to where she takes her future songs as she gains more experience. For now, I’m still going to add half of “Life Support” to my winter playlist.
Life Support is one of the most frustrating listens I’ve had in a very long time, and it’s not because it’s bad – Beer’s potential is so abundantly clear, but the kinks to be ironed out before it shines are so blatantly huge that it’s difficult to enjoy them as it stands. Still, the magical moments are there on almost every song here. We’ll have to see where the young star goes next as she develops further.
Madison has mentioned her fondness for singers like Lana Del Rey, Ariana Grande, and Melanie Martinez. She spends too much time trying to sound like them instead of perfecting her own soulful voice. There’s already greatness inside of you, Madison, you just have to trust yourself to be ready for it.
Life Support feels like the proper beginning of a journey in pop actualization.