Album Review: Lily We Need to Talk Now by Lily Konigsberg
Very Good, Based on 3 Critics
Pitchfork - 77 Based on rating 7.7/10
Lily Konigsberg has a question for the culture: What about Stacy? On "Proud Home," the raging centerpiece of her oddball-fabulous debut, Lily We Need to Talk Now, she recasts Fountains of Wayne's enduring "Stacy's Mom" from the point of view of the jilted Stacy, a wry pop-cultural bloodletting some 18 years in the making. "You've got a lot of fucking things to be proud of!," Lily-as-Stacy seethes. "I know you've got a crush on my mom/You come by every time she is home." Konigsberg plays her part with gonzo commitment and a fanfiction writer's sense of imagination: She's Stacy if Stacy started making narky pop-punk in the garage.
Think of an album which has been written while the artist's life was going through a hard time? Check: you can count them by the dozen - but how many such records can sound so happily melancholic? The Killers ' "Mr. Brightside" or The Smiths ' "Bigmouth Strikes Again" have managed to delve into both worlds at the same time, while Konigsberg has carved gloom onto a balloon on Lily We Need To Talk Now - and it takes a special kind of sensitivity and refinement to do just that. Take "Sweat Forever", the first single off the album, where the reassuring strumming of an acoustic guitar and the soft touch of a bass take the listener to a 90s' feel; one inhabited by The Cardigans and the Goo Goo Dolls .
Lily Konigsberg has got it goin' on for her full length album debut Lily We Need To Talk Now. She got it from her mama, apparently, if any of the clues on the album's Proud Home are accurate. "Goin' on" in Konigsberg's sense is a mastery of the two-minute pop song in all its forms. One leg of Palberta's off-kilter three legged stool, Koningsberg's solo work is decidedly more melodic.