Noah Kahan’s ‘Stick Season (We’ll All Be Here Forever)’ album review

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Singer/songwriter Noah Kahan just announced the second leg of his tour, “Stick Season (We’ll All Be Here Forever).” Kahan has been releasing musical masterpieces since 2017, but his most recent is one of his best yet.

His lyrics cover tough topics like mental health, therapy, heartbreak and isolation. Kahan’s indie/folk/pop style appeals to people who listen to all genres of music.

Contributed photo by Everly Ormiston.

After the album’s original release, he worked with other famous artists and re-recorded some of his favorite songs. He added artists like Kacey Musgraves, Zach Bryan and Lizzy McAlpine to the discography, and brought out guest stars on stage. Hozier, a famous fellow indie rock artist, joined him on stage and surprised fans by singing one of Kahan’s most popular songs, “Northern Attitude,” together. The duo re-released the hit song as a duet on Nov. 10.

“You’re Gonna Go Far” feels like the day you left for college. It’s leaving your small town and moving away from everyone and everything you know and love. Feeling guilty for leaving and pursuing your dreams, but smiling and being happy for your new opportunities. The word melancholy comes to mind when this song plays. It hurts your heart but also heals old wounds. 

When you listen to “Call Your Mom,” it gives that similar melancholy feeling. It’s a song about support and love and not letting a friend be alone in their darkest moments. The hardest-hitting lyrics in this piece, “Don’t let this darkness fool you, all lights turned off, can be turned on,” has become a popular tattoo idea. It serves as inspiration that no matter what you’re going through, you will always make it through.

The album shifts when “Dial Drunk” plays. Kahan re-released the popular song with Post Malone. The lyrics describe a broken-hearted man in the back of a cop car getting one phone call and wasting it on his previous lover who doesn’t pick up. The song has a folk twang to it and introduces an almost angry feeling. 

That feeling fizzles away when you listen to “Everywhere Everything”—a song about true love and loving someone till you’re with the worms in the ground. It’s about living life to the fullest, even though you know it will inevitably end. While this song is beautiful and is one of my favorites, it doesn’t fit the feeling of the album as a whole. 

In his album, Kahan shows it’s okay to feel bad and works to normalize needing help when you’re in a dark time. His music is moving and powerful and can be a light for people during their darkest times. 

“Stick Season (We’ll All Be Here Forever)” is a story that will pull on your heartstrings, in which Kahan shares his life and experiences through his musical artistry.

 

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Gabrielle Lindemann
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