Greyson Chance - Palladium

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I will say he is a fun artist to follow even if difficult at times. Dancing Next to Me, Palladium and multiple songs from Portraits are the type of top tier pop songs that keep me coming despite how many Honeysuckle, most of Trophies and now Athena (Not Aphrodite despite being an archeologist in college girl what!!! Dd) enjoyable but ultimately forgettable songs he comes with. I will say both sides feel necessary given how personal his art is and how much of himself he puts into it. We’re often our own worst editors. Palladium, the production and his vocals on Athena, the way he talks about this album and that he coproduced this album have me excited for more.

“Homerun Hitter,” lyric video out now.
"The best way I can describe ‘Homerun Hitter’ is as a cold splash of water to the face. It represents that moment of looking at yourself in the mirror, unsure of what to do and where to go next. As the third single from Palladium, it holds a special place in my heart, because it helped heal me when I was starting to write the album back in 2021. It might seem pessimistic to some, but to me, the song is empowering in many ways. Sometimes you can be in love without it being the right love… it takes a tough skin to navigate that territory, and that self-reflective journey is what inspired ‘Homerun Hitter’."

You know *exactly* what you’re going to get before you press play - which is either a good or bad thing at this point, depending what you want from Greyson’s music - but for me, it’s good. I like the chorus melody and the beat that gets introduced then.
Track lengths via Apple Music
  1. Palladium - 4:07
  2. Aloe Vera [Explicit] - 4:13
  3. Down & Out - 3:50
  4. Watchtowers - 1:10
  5. Black Mascara [Explicit] - 4:06
  6. Mercury Year - 4:07
  7. Athena [Explicit] - 3:58
  8. Pallas - 0:40
  9. Homerun Hitter - 4:32
  10. Panthers - 1:37
  11. My Dying Spirit [Explicit] - 4:01
  12. Hemingway, 74 rue de Cardinal [Explicit] - 4:47
  13. The Balcony Song [Explicit] - 2:37
All co-written by Greyson and Jason Reeves, except My Dying Spirit which is co-written with Martin Wave.

It's a great album - but anyone hoping for even the slightest hint of a bop should run.

It's all very moody, downtempo but as always it's lyrically very strong - there's a lot of great imagery and Greyson clearly knows his way around a melody. He seems to be picking up some bad habits with his vocals though. This was noticeable in some of his live performances over the past couple years, but wasn't much of an issue on the recorded version of Trophies - it works well to convey an emotion sometimes, but at other times it comes across a little bit forced or strained.
anyone hoping for even the slightest hint of a bop should run.

Why does he hate me? I get it, ballady type songs are his bread and butter. But I love his more 'pop' type songs. Is it too much to ask for an openly gay male artist to not write a bunch of sad music these days?
"My Dying Spirit" video premiering at 6pm (about 2 hours from now)

"With the My Dying Spirit video, I wanted to play a character that was distressed and messy, for that’s how I was when I wrote the song. I remember being in LA last December, more homesick than I could even comprehend, lying on my kitchen floor just feeling depleted. That’s when I realized that I don’t always have to feel and be okay, that my imperfect spirit is what makes every part of me unique… it’s what makes me an artist. My Dying Spirit is a tribute to those nights on the kitchen floor, and to always getting back up on your feet."

His store is currently offline, so keep an eye out for physicals/merch coming soon too, I guess.