Capitol Records; 12 Tracks; CD, MP3
Review by: Laura Molinaro
Night Time, My Time, the debut album from upcoming starlet Sky Ferreira, has been a long time coming.
Amid numerous label disputes surrounding a scrapped full-length album, Ferreira quietly released the Ghost EP in 2012. Things were finally looking up for Sky when the single “Everything is Embarrassing” took off, deemed by several publications as one of the best songs of the year. Riding the sky-high buzz, in early September this year Ferreira revealed an October 29th release date for her album. The very next day, she was busted along with her boyfriend Zachary Cole Smith of DIIV for criminal possession of controlled substances (lots of heroin) among other charges. But now, after all the highs and lows, the world finally has Night Time, My Time - the eighties-revival orgy they’re not too sure they wanted.
With synthesizers in vogue to the point of overuse, innovations in production driving producers to override, and an assaulting MTV-ready neon-baroque aesthetic to accompany it, a lot happened to pop music in the eighties that cannot be forgiven. However, it is hard to deny it: if the eighties seemed disease-ridden to you, it was because a lot of the music was infectious. Sky Ferreira’s bleached hair, in all of its retro lightning rod glory, is not the only means by which she channels the love-to-hate-it decade. If Cyndi Lauper was a bit less keen on fun, she could have sung “You’re not the One”. Album track “24 Hours” chimes in just as the 1984 Band Aid antipoverty anthem sung by just about everyone from the eighties, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”. That being said, the greatest influence on the album doesn’t seem to be any particular icon but rather a crypto-amnesic channelling of anything that had formerly belonged in another hit song (just think-sing the verses of Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” overtop “I Blame Myself”).
Despite all of this, derivation is not the greatest detriment to this album, because after all is said and done, it’s a pretty fun listen. Highlights include album opener “Boys”, first single “You’re Not the One” and former title track “I Will”. However, for first-time listeners, the Ghost EP might be a better grab-bag representation of what is in the cards for Ferreira’s career.