Mike Posner takes us through an introspective look on his life in his third studio album “A Real Good Kid.”
“Hello, you are about to listen to A Real Good Kid. The album is 40 minutes long and is meant to be listened to in one sitting, straight through. It is meant to be listened to without texting, without emailing, without outside distraction of any sort. If at this time you are unable to devote 40 minutes of undivided attention, I politely ask you turn this off and return at a later time.”
These words spoken at the beginning of “A Real Good Kid” set the tone for what becomes a soul-searching journey through the tragedy Posner has experienced over the last three years.
After this message the album transitions seamlessly into “January 11th, 2017,” a song that relives the events of the day his father lost his long-time battle with brain cancer. Posner goes through every miniscule detail of the day, final exclaiming that “The day my Daddy die, I became a man.”
From here the album moves into “Wide Open,” which begins as a light-hearted guitar melody but quickly picks up an electronic beat as Posner sings about his past mistakes with lovers, friends and family member.
The next songs on the album are “Song About You” and “Move On.” The songs provide commentary on trying to move on from something heart-breaking, whether that be a breakup, the loss of a family member or something similar. Throughout these songs Posner talks about everything he must feel and go through before he can move on from the tragedy he has been experiencing.
After these comes “Drip,” which is undoubtedly one of the heaviest songs on the album. This is Posner expressing his grief towards the loss of producer and friend Avicii, who committed suicide on April 20, 2018. He struggles with other friends in his life who he is afraid could “next,” and struggles with how he is a multimillionaire by the age of 30, yet nothing seems to be going right in his life.
Next is “Staring at the Fire.” This song is a metaphor about how Posner has attempted to distract himself with work, women, religion and other things, yet can’t stop focusing on the loss of his loved ones.
Afterwards comes “Perfect,” an almost seven-minute long anthem about the struggles of being perfect, but the struggles Posner feels goes deeper than this. To him, it is “perfect” that his mom tells him she is proud of him the same way it is “perfect” for him to open up to someone and still get hurt by them. This song works as the climax of the album.
“Stuck in the Middle” and “How It’s Supposed to Be” round out the album, tying it all up perfectly as Posner summarizes his thoughts.
“A Real Good Kid” is more like a symphony than an album, and each song is a movement in that symphony. It all flows together perfectly and expresses all the grief and pain Posner has experienced throughout the last three years and how he has grown, letting all of his fans know that “the day my daddy died, I became a man.”