Review: Mike Posner - "Real Good Kid'

Category:  Music
Thursday, January 24th, 2019 at 11:50 AM
Review: Mike Posner - Real Good Kid' by Lucas Hershelman

★ ★ ★

“A Real Good Kid” is a clever yet fitting name for such an emotional, feel good album created by none other than the good kid himself, Mike Posner.

 While all around a much better album than his last, “Tear Drops and Balloons,” “A Real Good Kid” brings us back to the 2010 debut album, “31 Minutes to Takeoff” where tracks like “Please Don’t Go” and “Cooler Than Me” surfaced and gained Posner massive popularity.

 While Posner is known for his typical charismatic, ladies’ man mentality, this album features tracks that reflect sorrow, heart-wrenching memories of his father, breakups and everything in between within the last two years as he refers to in the tracks, “Wide Open” and “Stuck in the Middle.”

 Sure, the party-boy mentality continues to stick with Posner throughout his career and resurfaces as he looks to it in terms of coping with difficulties such as break-ups as he mentions in the track “Move On” with lyrics like “I got high when I met you, I got high to forget you.”

 Although he talks about breakups that he’s still not quite over, the subject works well for him which is why he continues to turn back to it through thick and thin. He capitalizes on his personal misfortunes by utilizing his tone and voice in a rhythmic hook or chorus like in the track “Song About You” where he sings; “I don’t wanna write no song about you, but you show up in everything that I do.”

 The album begins with a track titled “January 11th, 2017”, a tragic day for Posner. His dad died on this day and he reflects on the events surrounding that time. This was a sad track, but respectable because it obviously means so much to Posner.

 I think that there are many good tracks on this 11-song album. However, there are some less appealing tracks such as “Drip” and “Perfect.” These two tracks show a different side of Posner’s writing and production. I believe he was trying to change things up with these tracks, but did not execute the sound successfully.

 Posner introduces blurbs of techno mixed with an old grandfather clock throughout songs like “Drip” in this diverse and creative album. This song reminds me of something I would hear in my nightmares. This spoken song is by far my least favorite on the album. The fact that it is the second longest song at 5 minutes and 26 seconds doesn’t help the cause.

 I will admit, the album is very diverse in terms of styles and deliveries in which the songs are produced and created. A unique form of delivery is projected in the song “Staring at the Fire” when Posner is accompanied by a choir singing “Watch it burn, burn, burn, Watch it burn, burn, burn, Watch it burn, burn, burn, Watch it burn, burn, burn.” The use of a strong chorus helps deliver the message in this song, but it was just too much.

 Although a lot of songs on the album aren’t chart topping hits, I feel that Posner has a mentality to stand out from the crowd. He flares up his songs up by incorporating noises that aren’t common in most modern-day tracks. The sound of fingers snapping and auto-tuned voices in his song “Perfect” is a great example of this.

On track number eight, “Amen,” the song is a whopping 31 seconds of a humming noise over a slight twangy guitar solo which leads into track 9 “Stuck in the Middle,” which is one of my favorites. I really enjoyed this continuation/transition from one song to the next.

Posner ends the album on a positive note with a song titled “How It’s Supposed to Be,” where he is subtly singing over an acoustic guitar and a casual beat. The song progresses into a more harsh and expressive collaboration of sounds with the paired grouping of drums and a keyboard. It ends with a very calm keyboard sound as a man talks about him (Posner), saying, “Anyway, he is a real good kid.”

Standout tracks: Stuck in the Middle, How it's Supposed to Be

Lucas Hershelman |

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