What confuses me most about her situation with this record, and countless other artists, is how it even gets to this point in the first place. The process for most artists, sans those who are stratosphere-level stars, seems to be that they have to present the label with a nearly finished product ahead of a release schedule being set. Does it not benefit everyone involved to like…check in periodically throughout recording instead? That way if the material isn’t doing it for the label they can intervene sooner? That may sound incredibly naive to how things actually work, but it just seems quite common for labels to listen to a nearly completed body of work and be like “Nah, throw a couple more in and we’ll see where that gets us!”. Followed by more recording, more delays, rinse and repeat. It feels maddening from an outside prospective, but maybe these feedback sessions occur more frequently than it appears.