12 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

MUNA’s 2017 debut About U was a compelling reflection on personal and societal issues that showcased the Los Angeles trio’s left-of-center pop sound. It caught the attention of many, including Harry Styles, who handpicked the trio as his opening act for the North American and European dates of his debut solo tour. New crowds were able to align with the stories of the LGBTQ band (singer Katie Gavin, guitarist Josette Maskin, and guitarist/producer Naomi McPherson all identify as queer), which had the emotive power of making the most isolated individuals feel seen.

Their second album Saves the World details a journey of overcoming anxiety with glittery pop tales about facing impostor syndrome (“Number One Fan”) and getting back into the game after ending a relationship (“Stayaway”). They go full-blown fierce on “Hands Off,” playing with temptation before declaring, “No, you can’t touch, get your hands off of me.” Save The World’s six-minute closer “It’s Gonna Be Okay, Baby” is a hushed pep talk with a past self that foretells the tribulations they’ll experience, but come out on top of.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

MUNA’s 2017 debut About U was a compelling reflection on personal and societal issues that showcased the Los Angeles trio’s left-of-center pop sound. It caught the attention of many, including Harry Styles, who handpicked the trio as his opening act for the North American and European dates of his debut solo tour. New crowds were able to align with the stories of the LGBTQ band (singer Katie Gavin, guitarist Josette Maskin, and guitarist/producer Naomi McPherson all identify as queer), which had the emotive power of making the most isolated individuals feel seen.

Their second album Saves the World details a journey of overcoming anxiety with glittery pop tales about facing impostor syndrome (“Number One Fan”) and getting back into the game after ending a relationship (“Stayaway”). They go full-blown fierce on “Hands Off,” playing with temptation before declaring, “No, you can’t touch, get your hands off of me.” Save The World’s six-minute closer “It’s Gonna Be Okay, Baby” is a hushed pep talk with a past self that foretells the tribulations they’ll experience, but come out on top of.

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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

IsItDope? ,

Necessary

Been a fan of MUNA since they had only three songs. I’m not as eloquent as these other reviews. But “It’s Gonna Be Okay, Baby” is already helping me through tough times, and for that alone I’m forever grateful for MUNA

bflo11 ,

Sophomore album as good as their first

I became a fan of Muna when someone recommended the song “Everything” from their first album, “About U.” That track quickly became, well, my favorite song of all-time. That’s a tough act to follow, and while there’s no single song that’s quite so powerful on the new album, it’s a great collection nonetheless, forming what’s probably my favorite album of 2019 so far. (Although a new Keane record drops in a few days, so watch out!)

There are plenty of standout tracks on “Saves the World.” My favorites are “Stayaway,” “Who,” and “Navy Blue,” followed closely by “Taken” and “Pink Light.” “Never” could have been in this group, as I love the first two-thirds of it, but the song takes an unfortunate turn into bombast down the stretch. The remaining tracks are enjoyable in their own right, with “Grow” offering an emotional piano-based intro to the album, and “Good News” providing a different, fun style for the band. “Hands Off” hasn’t grabbed me yet, but still could as time goes by. “Memento” is fine, if forgettable, and the closing track, “It’s Gonna Be Okay, Baby” features compelling lyrics.

The only track I find myself skipping every time is, ironically, the lead single, ”Number One Fan,” which is a little too pop-ish and funky for my taste. (Interestingly, my least-favorite track on Muna’s first album is “Loudspeaker,” and that one, too, was an early single, I believe.)

Bottom line, I'm really happy with this album. I wasn't sure they'd every put out another full-length, and I'm glad they did!

srg_slzr ,

YUP YUP YUP

LADIES you have done it again, constantly raising the bar for us all AND doing it flawlessly. I’d say I’m surprised, but I know who you are. I’ve seen it up close and personal. You make me so proud

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