On the song “Always Thinking” Siobhan Magnus, the quirky yet dignified finalist from American Idol's Season 9 sing “And I'm always thinking how I do not want to be like them ….”. Loud, haunting and soaring, it became my favorite from her eleven track album “Moonbaby” from Snotface Record.
With my love of 90's pop music, I can not believe I'll fall in love with a song like “Always thinking.” Maybe it's the rhythm but most probably, it's because of the beautiful painting that Siobhan illustrates right before my eyes while listening to her lyrics and how she sings right from the heart. While people thought it's crazy to answer back when judges say things, I thought it's courageous for a girl with petite body to say what she felt. The song “Escape Goat”, I believe is her reply to everything that they said about her.
It's not shocking that Siobhan became the very first American Idol to independently write, produce and build up her own music under her own label. The album “Moonbaby” represents all the words she long wanted to say. It's a story of her childhood, teenage life and journey to Hollywood.
On the song “Hollywood Carousel”, one would understand how Hollywood happened to her totally unplanned. It is another haunting song with haunting lyrics. It gives a realization that most of the time; people fail to distinguish between physical beauty and the reality. People want to be “prancing painted pony with a porcelain face” but just like them, she's willing to rise and fall. The only difference is that she's willing to take the harder route to understand what she's really capable of. With her undeniably great vocals, she sings:
I'm going along no matter how long it lasts
I'm going far no matter how hard or fast
Several tracks from the album are wonderfully radio friendly. It is amazing how she did it without losing her uniqueness and musical identity. The song “Pure Inspiration” is a message to all people not just the ones who love her.
On the first single “Beatrice Dream” she says about how she was “tested with love and lies”. “Pure Inspiration” talks about how she deal with bullying and how it all started. It is clear how she wanted to inspire young kids to stand up for themselves and teach them how to fight since desolation. From the depths of her heart, she says “thank you” to all people who hated and loved her. There's no difference because love and lies made her want to achieve greater heights.
Ever since she got booted out from idol, many people dreamt of hearing her on the radio and getting mainstream just like the bunch of singers today. But it was clear from the start that she's challenged to do it her own way. However, she still regards the show as a foundation. The song “Moonbaby” is about her Idol tour experience. She narrates what it felt like singing on stage and seeing her fans in “shining purple”.
At the age of 21, Magnus represents the youth of today's generation. They're full of questions, eager to discover things, experiment and say what they really feel. Pecularly, she even talked science on the song “Big Collapse”. She's making it clear what the universe means to her and how she accepts the fact that she's just a small part of it. But just like other people, she has dreams and she's willing to be stretched to put these in reality.
If we're all made of matter, tell me what it matters
In the infinite world, I'm just another girl ….
Stretch me like spaghetti till I find my singularity
What separates Magnus is that she understands what lies in her heart. The album made it clear that the artist easily deciphers what's right and what is wrong. With the song “Eulogy”, she Touches the sensitive issue of suicide and how she goes against it. For a victim of bullying and the abusive society, it could have been the easiest route but for her, it's not. It's a barrier that blocks the truth to come out. Several heart touching lines but the best says:
We are the remnants of
Of the choice you made that day
Mothers left behind
It is not right
Vocally and melodically, “Eulogy” is probably the best. Any person who 'll hear it would agree that she's one of the best voices in the music scene today with her rare vocal talent. The song “Little Blue Pill” demonstrates her wide vocal ability. Her longing sirens are unbelievable.Something that makes you want to hold on to the singer's every single breath. It's another story that only few singers would even try to narrate. It is as unique and deep as its artist. Perhaps, no other pop artist knows that a song like this could ever exist.
“Moonbaby” gave me more reasons to respect Siobhan Magnus. Her trademark vocal talent and ability is just a bonus. It's just the first dot that you'll notice in the middle of a clean white paper. What makes the album a stand out is the artist's desire to express her thoughts about her values, beliefs, the society and human situation. Subtletty, she's teaching her listeners and draws them to want to become better people. For this reason and for me, she is the first and last American idol.