Tate McRae – I used to think I could fly

A fun pop record that emphasises her breadth...

At just 18 years old, Canadian singer, songwriter and dancer Tate McRae has carved out a career for herself that has won the hearts of people across the globe.

Back in 2020, Tate emerged onto the pop scene with her debut EP ‘all the things I never said’, which featured single ‘you broke me first’, a tune that was welcomed with open arms by the TikTok community and resulted in Tate’s EP racking up over 100 million streams.

Fast forward to 2022, Tate is about to release her debut studio album ‘I used to think I could fly’, a body of work dotted with pop anthems tied together by poetic, angsty lyricism and music videos that showcase her implausible dancing talents.

The album opens with a 16 second intro that features audio of Tate professing “it’s funny to me because you grow up, you lose friends and you’re suddenly scared of things you were literally never scared of before”.

This short confessional tape perfectly captures the theme of Tate’s record, a theme of navigating adulthood and the good and bad that comes with it.

Second on the track list is ‘don’t come back’, a radio ready pop tune that reflects on heartbreak and failed relationships.

Listeners may find solace in the lyricism expressed across the albums 13 tracks, as Tate sings about experiences many will be able to relate to. Tracks like 'hate myself' and 'she’s all I wanna be' are both honest accounts of feelings evoked through heart-ache.

Yet amongst this heart-ache and angst comes upbeat and contagious pop anthems. The production and use of instrumentation on the record ticks all the boxes needed for a 2022 pop record. Yet tracks such as “you’re so cool” utilise electric guitars that give the album a timeless energy.

Recent single 'what would you do' meets the definition of bubble-gum pop, displaying this timeless contagious instrumentation. The track comes with a video which again showcases Tate’s celebrated dancing abilities.

The final track on 'I used to think I could fly' is a melancholic ditty that’s bound to break hearts. Again, showcasing the lyricism of this rising star and her distinct style as a vocalist.

7/10

Words: Isabella Miller

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