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If Still Woozy’s new album isn’t nice, I don’t know what is

by Carter Hemion

Still Woozy brings a new touch to his sound with If This Isn’t Nice, I Don’t Know What Is. Following a handful of dreamy singles, Still Woozy released his debut album on August 13th, and it’s even better than his previous work. Combining whimsical bedroom pop and dreamy synth with his funk and R&B roots, this album is without a doubt worth a few listens and some songs to play on repeat. The subtle stacked vocals with strong guitar parts throughout highlight Still Woozy’s skills with just the right beat to every song. 

I’m currently living for the funk-inspired bassline on “That’s Life” and the guitar harmony in its slowed bridge. The juxtaposition of intimate indie-pop vocals and beat combined with clearly developed instrumentals captures the imagination. Other moments moving gently in scale degrees are pleasing with lyrics that call back a past that a listener must be eager to return to.

Other songs, like “Drake” and “These Days” offer lush acoustic guitar parts sometimes reminiscent of 1970s soft rock. Even more, songs like “All Along” draw backings that recall 2000s pop-rock at times, with what sounds similar to record scratches, rhythm guitar staying right on the beat, and background vocals calling out. With elements seamlessly borrowed from different genres throughout, Still Woozy creates an album with a different style from any other.

Whether you’re looking for a contagious and bubbly dance jam like “Get By” or a wispy breakup song like “Kenny,” Still Woozy wraps up everything you need in an album deserving of a listen. If This Isn’t Nice, I Don’t Know What Is not only lives up to its title but surpasses it as a great album for any mood.

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