Cry Baby Album Review – Melanie Martinez’s Debut

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Who Is Melanie Martinez?

Full Name: Melanie Adele Martinez

Age: 24

Birthdate: April 28, 1995

Melanie Martinez got her start on a singing competition show called The Voice, which I actually watched her on. I really enjoyed her performances, especially the rendition she did of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” for her blind audition.

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This Album

Release date: August 14, 2015

Label: Atlantic

Cry Baby is a concept album. Concept albums are albums in which all of the tracks relate to each other in sense of their sounds and themes.

The whole theme to this album is kind of like dark childhood. The track names and the way they all sound reminds me of being a kid. Once you start listening to the lyrics though, the album takes on a whole new level. Melanie’s not afraid to speak her mind and show all kinds of emotions.

Each track follows a storyline. If you happen to buy the physical copy of this album, you can read the story in the booklet. I think it’s really cool.

Cry Baby

This is a great opening track, because it sets a tone for the rest of the album. It includes her first, and definitely not last, f-bomb! I like how the beginning of the song Melanie’s talking about somebody else being the crybaby, but then in the bridge she relates to it and says that she’s a crybaby too.

Favourite Lyric: “Someone’s turning the handle, to that faucet in your eyes” – cool imagery of crying

Storyline: This is an introduction to the character named Cry Baby

Dollhouse

This song plays on the perception of the surface. Like everything seems fine, but underneath it’s actually not. Thanks to this song I will never forget how to spell “dollhouse” haha.

Favourite Lyric: “Please don’t let them look through the curtains”

Storyline: Cry Baby’s family has some issues

Sippy Cup

This song sounds really cool with headphones on. Melanie’s voice travels between left and right a couple of times, plus there’s an interesting liquid sound effect. This track has some creepier lyrics, but it makes sense in the storyline.

Favourite Lyric: “All the makeup in the world, won’t make you less insecure”

Storyline: Cry Baby’s mom is an alcoholic

Carousel

This song actually makes me feel like I’m at a carnival with it’s sound, haha. It’s instantly recognizable. This is one of her faster tempo songs, still not crazy fast but quicker than most of her other tracks. The bridge is really pretty.

Favourite Lyric: “it’s all fun and games, / ‘Til somebody falls in love,”

Storyline: Cry Baby’s first love

Alphabet Boy

This is one of my favourite tracks from the album. It’s really cool how the lyrics go in the verses. The first line is mainly words that start with A, same with the next line but B, then C, then D. I think it’s a smart way of tying in the alphabet. I also enjoy the tone of this song, it’s a good breakup type tune.

Favourite Lyric: “Apples aren’t always appropriate apologies” – that alliteration though

Storyline: Cry Baby realizes she’s better off without that boy

Soap

Lots of bubble noise! Which ties in the title really nicely. This is another faster tempo song. I think the pre-chorus and chorus are quite catchy, every time I hear them they make me want to sing along. After seeing Melanie live, this is one of the tracks where I can still picture her performing it. She was dancing around to the bubble noises ha.

Favourite Lyric: “I’m tired of being careful, gentle, trying to keep the water warm”

Storyline: Cry Baby is trying to stop herself from coming on to strong with a new boy

Training Wheels

This track is one of Melanie’s ballads. I like this one because you really get to hear how pretty her voice is, especially in the chorus where she sings longer notes. I also think the training wheels thing is a cool metaphor. Like wanting someone to get rid of their training wheels is like wanting someone to let their guard down/open up in a relationship.

Favourite Lyric: “You’ve been riding two wheelers all your life / It’s not like I’m asking to be your wife”

Storyline: Cry Baby wants more from her relationship with this boy

Pity Party

This is another one of my favourite tracks. This song is actually based off of another song called “It’s My Party” by Leslie Gore back in 1963. Melanie uses some of the same chorus lyrics, but rerecorded it with her singing it. I like the lyrics because it’s pretty much a f*ck everyone, kind of song. It’s great to belt out when you’re in that type of mood. That’s especially true with the ending of the bridge when Melanie screams.

Favourite Lyric: “Maybe it’s a cruel joke on me / Whatever, whatever”

Storyline: Cry Baby invited the boy and her friends to her birthday, but nobody came

Tag, You’re It

I didn’t realize this one was so creepy until I read the lyrics. The melody itself sounds so cute. At the end of a couple of the verses her voice goes deeper, that’s to signify her kidnapper talking. Interesting take on the game of tag. Also the bridge is a freaky version of Eenie Meenie Miny Mo.

Favourite Lyric: “Let me take you for a joyride / I’ve got some candy for you inside”

Storyline: Cry Baby gets kidnapped on her way home from her birthday

Milk and Cookies

The lyrics in this song play on different nursery rhymes. The verses play on “One, Two, Buckle my Shoe.” The pre-chorus (?) refers to “Hush Little Baby.” Then the first line of the chorus reminds me of “Ring Around the Rosie.” The beat is a nice head bopper.

Favourite Lyric: “Do you like my cookies, they’re made just for you / A little bit of sugar, but lots of poison, too”

Storyline: Cry Baby poisons the food she made for her kidnapper

Pacify Her

Cool music box noises to open the track. This song sounds quite pretty, you would never expect the theme of the lyrics ha.

Favourite Lyric: “Someone told me stay away from things that aren’t yours”

Storyline: After escaping, Cry Baby was never the same. She steals somebody else’s boy

Mrs. Potato Head

This song has a really good message about body image. It may not seem that way from first listen, but it’s being sung from different perspectives.

Favourite Lyric: “Will a pretty face make it better?”

Storyline: Cry Baby sees Mrs. Potato on TV and thinks pain means beauty

Mad Hatter

The song title and a lot of the lyrics in this song reference Alice in the Wonderland. References include painting roses, the blue caterpillar, and Alice. This track, I think, has the best beat from the album.

Favourite Lyric: “All the best people are crazy”

Storyline: Cry Baby realizes she’s perfect just the way she is

All in all, I really enjoy this album. Have you listened to this album yet? Are you excited for new music from Melanie Martinez?

If you’re interested in checking this album out, you can find it on amazon here!

The CD Queen

10 thoughts on “Cry Baby Album Review – Melanie Martinez’s Debut”

  1. These quotes in the song are pretty funny, especially the one “it’s all fun and games until someone falls in love”. I like songs that relate to me and give insights into philosophies that are formed in life. What is your favorite quote of all of these and how does it inspire or relate to you?

    1. Oh good question! My favourite quote out of all of them is “all the best people are crazy.” I know I can be a bit of a weird person at times, so it helps remind me to just be myself 🙂

  2. Wow! You put so much thought into this. It definitely will make me listen to the album again with a deeper understanding. Thank you for putting the effort into it

  3. I never heard of this album before. The album itself will throw you off, cry baby was a old movie I believe that came out a long time ago. But I also thought that it might be like songs for children that need some nice music to hear. I really like that you have broken it all down and explained it, like that I can also look it up and get the feel of the music. Great post!!!

    1. Oh cool. Oh ya haha. That movie pops up when I search Cry Baby. That would’ve made sense too. Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it!!

  4. I love to support local and up and coming artists!  Wow, she was on the show the Voice!  I don’t personally watch a whole lot of television.  But might just go and find this young lady on YouTube to re-watch her performances.

    I also wanted to say you have one the most niched down sites I’ve ever seen.  Congratulations to you for taking the effort to expand your blog and business.

    1. Awesome, and yes she was! Oh cool. I should actually re-watch them too.

      Oh thank you so much! I try, haha

  5. Thank you for the review and the information you shared here. It’s good you say who the singer is, and the stories/ background of the songs. In general I love programs for new talents like the Voice as these programs provide a possibility for many talented singers.  I also think songs/music is to express emotions – in the best effective way. Did Melanie have a dark childhood? If so, that might be the reason for this album. I personally like ’ “All the makeup in the world, won’t make you less insecure” idea and it expresses perfectly – the mother being an alcoholic.

    1. Oh thank you. I love those kinds of programs too. Oh, actually as far as I know, Melanie had a pretty average childhood. Or at least she’s said that this album wasn’t autobiographical. Ya, I love that line too! Thank you for your thoughts

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