The thing about sadness is that it is not all the same, but too often artistic representations of sadness treat it is as a one-size-fits-all emotion. Sometimes, sadness can even be coupled with optimism. Not to beat the Covid theme to death, but with some hope on the horizon, mixing optimism into our sadness seems apropos right now and, at least early on, Everything Will Be Okay Eventually seems to deliver a dose of the very medicine we need.
Michigander, essentially Jason Singer, has a singer/songwriter intimacy that is filled out by electronic elements, wrapping the songs into a larger whole. On the album’s first two tracks, Singer manages to walk a melancholy line where things are not happy, yet there is a bouncy upbeat angle that keeps it from veering toward desolation. As he sings on “Let Down,” “I got high hopes, but they let me down.” There is something in the song that feels certain that he won’t be deterred from hoping. Two tracks in, there is every reason to believe that Singer will deal with a fuller spectrum of sadness that reflects life.
Sadly, the rest of the record is far more mundane and less relatable. Aside from parts of “Ok,” which reassures us that it’s okay to be lonely and alone sometimes, everything else barely rises to the level of filler and acts as neither a balm for our pain nor a reality check for our sunniness. Closer, “Together” contains the line, “If the world’s gonna fall apart, maybe we could fall together,” which clearly reaches for the best sympathies of the album, but its delivery is simply too maudlin to work.
For all of its promise, Everything Will Be Okay Eventually fails to deliver on the promise and emotional depth of the first two songs. “Better” and “Let Down” are worth a listen, but after those two, quit while you’re ahead.
Released: March 19, 2021