Nicholas Allbrook: Searching for Beauty
There There Universal
by Darren Levin | September 10th, 2014 3:13:PM EST
Megan Washington revealed her battle with a stutter recently, and she drops another bombshell midway through There There. "Do you want it back?" she asks the man she was supposed to marry, before devoting an entire verse to the awkward practicalities of an engagement gone sour. This man is not metaphorical, and neither is the marriage. Each song, says Washington, is connected to a real-life event – from the frank confession of infidelity on the raw ballad "Begin Again" to "Get Happy", where she falls in love over Eighties New Wave textures. 2010's I Believe You Liar masked insecurities under ambitious orchestrated pop. On There There, she's both fearless and direct.
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