Album Review: I Know I'm Funny Haha by Faye Webster
Excellent, Based on 2 Critics
Pitchfork - 84 Based on rating 8.4/10
I was listening to Faye Webster speak from her home in Atlanta on the "How Long Gone" podcast about how she used to be something of a youth tennis star, how she doesn't smoke weed but loves canned gin cocktails, how she practices yo-yo tricks while listening to EDM from a video game soundtrack. It was frothy and off-the-cuff, sketching a portrait of a down-home 23-year-old singer-songwriter whose rise to indie notoriety was boosted when her song "Better Distractions" landed on Barack Obama's annual year-end playlist. (She sounded more concerned about a shipment of Pokémon cards that needed to arrive before she went on tour.
If the first song you heard from Faye Webster's follow-up to the breakthrough of 2019's Atlanta Millionaire's Club was the crunchy synth-driven rocker, "Cheers," you could easily draw the conclusion that she had gone off in a brave new direction. That's true as far as "Cheers" is concerned, but primarily I Know I'm Funny haha mines a similar vein to its predecessor. And with the continued sharpness of Webster's offbeat observations and a languid countrypolitan sound that continues to coalesce, that's a mighty fine approach to take.