11 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dark science fiction and the supernatural are the backdrops of Netflix's Stranger Things, but Ingrid Michaelson's rendering of its narrative arcs is dreamy and sweet. Born of her genuine fandom, each track of Stranger Songs, Michaelson's ninth album, culls influence from the characters on the show, hedging episode-specific references (the longing "Christmas Lights" is, perhaps, the most on-the-nose) among lyrics that pour out like diary entries. Michaelson sheds her signature folksy style for a glossy synth-pop that's befitting of her muses. She molds the sound to suit her as well as the show, but the true triumph is how the songs take on a life of their own: The blossoming romances that wrap up the second season form the backbone of the buoyant single "Young and in Love," which at once embodies the rite of passage that is starry-eyed adoration and the '80s, when the show is set. Universal in its nostalgia-fueled distillations of relationships and coming-of-age angst, the album is a treat for Stranger Things superfans and the uninitiated.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dark science fiction and the supernatural are the backdrops of Netflix's Stranger Things, but Ingrid Michaelson's rendering of its narrative arcs is dreamy and sweet. Born of her genuine fandom, each track of Stranger Songs, Michaelson's ninth album, culls influence from the characters on the show, hedging episode-specific references (the longing "Christmas Lights" is, perhaps, the most on-the-nose) among lyrics that pour out like diary entries. Michaelson sheds her signature folksy style for a glossy synth-pop that's befitting of her muses. She molds the sound to suit her as well as the show, but the true triumph is how the songs take on a life of their own: The blossoming romances that wrap up the second season form the backbone of the buoyant single "Young and in Love," which at once embodies the rite of passage that is starry-eyed adoration and the '80s, when the show is set. Universal in its nostalgia-fueled distillations of relationships and coming-of-age angst, the album is a treat for Stranger Things superfans and the uninitiated.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

DivoDavid ,

La Diva is back with a vengeance!!!

OMG!!!!! Just #dead
She is slaying the game!!!!
Jealous is my new summer favorite!!!!
A must buy for fans new and old!!!!
The Queen is back!!!!
Watch out!!!!!!
👏🏼🙏🏼👌🏻🙌🏼

traveling.crna ,

A pretty good album 👌🏽

I was hoping she wouldn’t go too pop and stick to her singer-songwriter roots. This album is a good mix of both but more of that Ingrid sound we all love. Worth listening on repeat.

marigoldroses ,

Strangely stunning!

Such a creative concept for an album! I love Stranger Things and Ingrid wonderfully captures the nostaliga of the show and the depth of the relationship between the characters through her music. Love! Hey Kid, Christmas Lights, and Jealous are standout tracks.

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