superache – conan gray | my first impressions πŸ₯€πŸŽ₯πŸ’”

Welcome back to my blog,

Conan Gray’s new album, superache, was released and I spontaneously decided to do a first impressions reaction to the songs. Obviously, I don’t know the songs very well yet, so don’t hold me to any of these opinions.

Anyways, enjoy as I react to this beautiful album.

Header saying 'track by track thoughts' with audio tracker, and pause & skips button underneath.

(track one) MOVIES

🌹 “Falling in love with a damn fantasy
That’s so me, so me”
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Everyone talks about ‘movie love’ at least once in their life. I am convinced anyone who has loved it, will hate it at some point too. It is a cycle, and the only thing I don’t know is which side you will end up sticking to. This song captured the entirety of this feeling.

Whilst I love the lyrics, the vocals stand out to me. They are strong compared to his gentle ones (both are great), and the layered voices repeating “movies” are soo catchy.

(track two) PEOPLE WATCHING

🌹 “I’m only looking just to live through you vicariously
I’ve never really been in love, not seriously”
🌹

This song has been out for a while, so I know it pretty well. It always gets stuck in my head, and I love the act of people-watching. This 100% has the perfect coffee shop atmosphere (not just saying it for the video), and I will always fall for that.

Plus, anyone who fits a 5 syllable word into a song nicely is a great songwriter.

(track three) DISASTER

🌹 “‘Cause the potential of us, it was keepin’ me up all night long
I left a text you won’t read all night long”
🌹

The single for release day but weirdly one of my least favourite songs. I love the video though… the intro, the drama, the red top, Conan.

I like the, what I am presuming are, low drumbeats, and I love the first line,Β “let me just set the scene”. In fact, I prefer the verses (and the bridge!!) over the chorus. Maybe that’s why I think it isn’t one of my favourites from this album.

(track four) BEST FRIEND

🌹 “‘Cause I hate, like, everyone except for you
Who else is gonna grocery shop with me at 2 A.M.?”
🌹

This song gave the album an explicit rating, and this one has more of an edge. I apparently don’t have any more of a sophisticated vocabulary to expand. I just mean it does not have the gentle vibe distinctive to Conan. Yet it’s unmistakably him.

It has a protective love embedded into its lyrics, yet the tone has a talkative nature. Even without multiple uses of the word ‘friend’, the whole aesthetic, tone, vibe, & feel of this song tells you this is about a friend’s love. The ‘why r u so annoying’, ‘ur an idiot’, to ‘you’re my soulmate’, ‘ily’ is captured in every fibre of the song.

(track five) ASTRONOMY

🌹 “A tale old as time, young love don’t last for life
And now I know, now I know
It’s time to go, it’s time to go”
🌹

Another single that’s been out a while, but I am not familiar with this song. I tried to be obsessed with it, but I just wasn’t.

It is very calm and peaceful. His voice is beautiful. I just think this song mostly stays at one level the whole time (until the end), and it means I kind of forget about it. Plus, I don’t feel connected to the lyrics.

(track six) YOURS

🌹 “The only thing that’s harder than sleepin’ alone
Is sleepin’ with your ghost”
🌹

This is such a sad and beautiful song. I love the peace, the piano, the long notes screaming out. You know this is a rainy window, piano ballad song in the best way.

The lyrics are so perfectly heartbreaking “all I really wanted was that look in your eyes// like you already know that I’m the love of your life.”. It touches on one-sided relationships but talks about what it is like to love them above any other emotion. It is honest. Both the feelings and by knowing what he needs for himself.

The bridge is a change of pace but in such an enticing way. In a ‘the reason you listen to the song’ way.

(track seven) JIGSAW

🌹 “Then I’d grab the kitchen scissors
And cut myself to slivers
For you”
🌹

This song is the opposite of ‘I am who I am by Lee Ryan’, and I love that. Truly. It talks about how easy it is to want to change to become what someone else wants for you.

His high notes in the chorus are perfect.Β “now I’m just a jigsaw”. That line. I will wait for it every time, in a very impatience manner.

The song also feels like a modern take on noughties angst. Very popular at the moment, and I liked Conan’s take on it. The ending is very abrupt, and I loved that too.

(track eight) FAMILY LINE

🌹 “I say, “They’re just the ones who gave me life”
But I truly am my parents’ child”
🌹

A fan favourite, I’m calling it! As titled, it is very much about family, and in Gray style, it is full of heartbreak, pain, joy, love, sadness, and even pride(??). From childhood memories to adult trauma. How family shapes you and your identity. Yes, this is all in one song.

It is beautiful, and I love the music in it. But what I love most is the feeling of it. Like I say, it is a story and a thousand emotions shared. The power.

Also, the bridge. the f**king bridge!!!!!

(track nine) SUMMER CHILD

🌹 “You don’t have to act like all you feel is mild
You don’t really love the Sun, it drives you wild”
🌹

Rule number 5 of how to be me, find the slowest, saddest song on the album, and let it become your favourite.

I love it even more with the happy imagery… summer, laugh, kiss. But there’s darkness, and this slow serenade is felt like a lush look into the pain of one person hiding it all. The song is very vocal-heavy and peaceful, but this is perfect.

I hope someone does a video/TikTok to this song with the happiest and summery clips they can find. Give me the hypocrisy & irony any day.

(track ten) FOOTNOTE

🌹 “You taught me a lesson, that love isn’t precious” 🌹

This song is a lyrical masterpiece. It is all about when they don’t love you back. Every line is another hit of emotion, and it maintains that throughout the whole song. At the end, it feels like you’ve been hit 50 times by emotions, only to realise it was all one emotion.

I have a soft spot for the whispered repetition of ‘please don’t forget me’ at the end.

(track eleven) MEMORIES

🌹 “I can’t be your friend, can’t be your lover
Can’t be the reason we hold back each other from falling in love”
🌹

I love this single. It has so much going for it, and it is easy to love. There are a lot of different parts, like the verse, pre-chorus, chorus, and bridge. Each has something distinct and uniquely catchy. Not to say it feels disconnected because it doesn’t at all.

It also feels so fun. Is that right to say? Even with the tragic lyrics, there is something fun about this song.

This will always be a song that ends too soon, but that end note is ✨p-e-r-f-e-c-t✨.

(track twelve) THE EXIT

🌹 “I can’t hate you for getting everything we wanted
I just thought that I would be a part of it”
🌹

The chorus is the star. The music constantly changes throughout this song, from very slow to faster to silent. It keeps you paying attention. It makes it an enjoyable, easy-listen piece, but I have no strong emotional attachment.

heading saying 'my song ranking' with two red hearts on either side of it.
  1. Astronomy
  2. Best Friend
  3. Disaster
  4. The Exit
  5. Jigsaw
  6. People Watching
  7. Movies
  8. Footnote
  9. Family Line
  10. Memories
  11. Summer Child
  12. Yours

What were your first impressions to this album? Any immediate favourite songs? What are some of your favourite lyrics?


13 thoughts on “superache – conan gray | my first impressions πŸ₯€πŸŽ₯πŸ’”

    1. Yayy, I can’t wait to listen to it some more! Conan’s voice is stunning 😍 I know yours was a single released earlier and I am kicking myself for not listening to it sooner!
      Thank you so much, and for reading my post as well πŸ₯°

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    1. He has some beautiful songs, Lookalike has to be one of my top favourites 😍😍 the new album is definitely worth checking out and hope you love the songs πŸ₯° thank you sooo much for your kinds words ❀️

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  1. yes!!!! sophieeee!!! i love conan gray and i love this post and i love you and i love your blog πŸ’—πŸ’— “Plus, anyone who fits a 5 syllable word into a song nicely is a great songwriter.” YES EXACTLY THIS WAS WHAT I WAS THINKING WHEN I HEARD PEOPLE WATCHING FOR THE FIRST TIME HAHAHA 😭😭 astronomy kinda let me down too because i just didn’t connect with it either? and i didn’t really like the song but the rest of conan’s album TOTALLY made up for most of my disappointment!! love this post!! ❀️

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    1. yayyyy conan gray supremacy 😍❀️ his vocals are beautiful!! aww.. Thank you so much πŸ₯Ί so glad you love this post, ily!!!! πŸ’—
      Haha it must be so hard to fit a 5 syllable word into a song 🀣🀣 but Conan got it covered!!! 😍
      It was such a shame about astronomy, because I love the aesthetic of the song. But I just didn’t click with it and I am lowkey glad I am not the only one! But yessss the rest of his album was stunning and I have ended up loving it more than I thought I would 😍
      Thank youuuu so much, it means a lot and I LOVED this comment sooo much too πŸŒΉπŸ’—β€οΈ

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  2. Ahhh Sophie – a post on one of my new favorite albums???? YOU KNOW I AM RUNNING TO READ THIS HAHA!

    Ahhh movies was such a good opening track- it’s quite different from what I’ve heard from Conan before and it was SO SO GOOD! And that repeating β€œmovies” part has been stuck in my head FOR TOO LONG NOW-

    People watching is such a catchy song, I honestly completely forgot that it was going to be on this album! I was really shocked when I heard best friend for the first time lol, I didn’t expect it to be so explicit! It’s still a fun song, but definitely not my favorite!

    I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH YOU ON ASTRONOMY!! I tried SO HARD to get obsessed with it, but nothing just stood out to me??

    Yours is the absolute love of my life, that final bridge really changed the tone of the entire song! FAMILY LINE ARGHHHH very close to tears listening to that one :’)

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS AND THE POST IS SO STUNNINGLY FORMATTED AHHH!!! ❀ ❀

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    1. hahah I love that… i did it for you πŸ˜‰but Conan Gray is amazing and this album is great!! 😍
      I agree now that you’ve said it, Movies was a perfect opening track, it gives Crush Culture vibes in a way but very different. Like a weird reimagining!! The line movies does stay in your head 24/7… just the one word on loop πŸ˜‚ but it is amazing!!! I am very happy to replay it all the time.
      People Watching is another that stays in my head!! I was watching Conan on Elle’s song association part 2 youtube video and I loved him talking about this song. haha it was released a while ago now though. Honestly, this album has had so many singles!!
      Best Friend is super different and yeah 20 times it says f****ing πŸ˜‚ I agree I don’t mind the song, but no favourite of mine.
      YESSSS, i forced myself to listen to astronomy when it first came out because I felt like I should have loved it. The vibe felt very much me but I forget the song five seconds after hearing it! πŸ™ˆ
      Yours’ bridge is phenomenal, it has a whole other life compared to the song but it fits in perfectly. an ah-mazing song! 😍 Family Line is very emotional!!!
      Thank youuuu sooooo much Suhani!! ❀️❀️ I am so happy you liked this post, thank youuuu, THANK YOUUUU! πŸ₯°πŸ’•

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  3. omg sophieee hii!! im sorry for not commenting soon bc this post is perfection and i love conan and his songs so much ahh πŸ˜ŒπŸ’”
    i love the vocals in movies more than anything else, and the way you explained the movie love thing is so on point!! people watching is one of my favorites, it’s so addictive tho haha. i haven’t seen the disaster music video yet but i’m gonna go watch it now akfhd lol. but even tho i do like the song, i havent heard it as many times as the others for some reason. and omg- everything you said about best friends is so true- it perfectly captures what i feel about it!!
    and i love love LOVE yours and family line sm!! everything about yours- the lyrics, the vocals, the soft sad vibe of it all- i cant stop listening to it, especially in this cold rainy weather haha. family line is such a emotional and vulnerable song- and i agree- it’s like a story and talks about so many emotions!! summer child has to be my favourite too omg- words can’t even begin to cover what that song makes me feel. it’s perfect ahh!! πŸ’”
    footnote is such a brilliantly written song- conan’s lyricism is out of the world!! his voice sounds so genuinely sad in it and it makes me wanna cry :’) memories is amazing and i couldn’t stop like listening to it when first came out and every now and then i get addicted to it again!!
    i think my favorites will have have to be footnote, family line and summer child- turns out i love the saddest songs too jbdsshk lmao but all of the songs were wonderful </33 i LOVED reading this post and all your thoughts- and i'm sorry i didn't comment sooner!! i love you and this post sm, and i hope you're having a great july πŸ’—πŸ’—

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    1. You don’t have to be sorry at all, thank YOU for reading ❀️ ahhh.. Conan is amazing!! 😍 His vocals are the perfect vibe tbh 🀣 and he actually seems like a lovely & funny person too!
      Movies has such good vocals, they are so in control of the song of that makes sense. ahh… thank you, I’m glad you agree 🎬❀️
      people watching is addictive, I’m singing it and I don’t even realise I am πŸ˜‚
      you should watch the disaster mv, conan’s videos are always soo good!!
      I definitely always forget disaster is a single, it doesn’t jump out.
      ahh… best friend definitely has a different feel.
      Yours is sooo good, that one is on repeat for me and I’m mad I waited until the album came out to listen to it!! the soft sad vibe is actually what is perfect about it!! haha it suits rainy days!
      yes, family line is vulnerable… it is such a talent to put that much emotion in one song 😭😭😍
      yayyyy I am so glad you love summer child, I feel like overall it is being slept on, but the gentle emotions and lyrics are stunning ✨ perfect is right πŸ’—
      Footnote has amazing lyrics for sure– it is a proper heartbreak song and his voice is emotional πŸ₯Ί
      memories is soo catchy!! brilliant single 😍😍
      that is an excellent array of favourites. sad songs are just the best πŸ˜‚ haha, we can cry together!! but yes, great album overall! thank you Conan 😭😭❀️❀️
      Love this comment, thank you πŸ₯ΊπŸ’—

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  4. Love this post!! It made me want to listen to this album again, as for some reason I haven’t been in the mood for it, but now I love it! (Well, some songs are a miss for me, but the majority are superb.) My favourites have to be Memories, Yours, People Watching and Movies!

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    1. Thank youuu 🌹 yay, I’m glad it could inspire you to listen to the album more (and I totally understand not being in the mood for certain music at times)!!
      Love those favourites– memories and yours are amazing, and movies had really grown on me 😍😍

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