a letter to me
Dixie D’Amelio was already extremely famous before the release of her debut album, a letter to me. After she and her sister Charli became two of TikTok’s biggest stars, their family got their own docuseries, The D’Amelio Show, and a tidal wave of endorsement deals that included Dunkin’ Donuts drinks and Hollister fashion lines. But Dixie’s emotional LP is surprisingly intimate and coy, full of heartfelt, self-conscious pop ballads that just about anyone who’s navigated high school can relate to. There are shy moments, eyelash-batting flirtations, dating mistakes, and broken hearts, loosened up with muted club beats and ’80s synth-pop shimmer (“Not Enough,” an EDM-lite banger questioning her own “famous” reality, follows in the footsteps of house-pop divas like Robyn and Dua Lipa). The title track, one of the project’s few hushed confessionals, sheds some light on D’Amelio’s own personal growth. “Now I’m 20, pushing 21, hoping that I’ll be someone/Running from the person I created when I had no one,” she sings.