Published Feb 18, 2021The road to self-improvement can be accompanied with turbulence, but will more often than not ultimately results in a beautiful and necessary transformation. Whitney K's Two Years shows the power of finding freedom through self-connection, teaching listeners how to fall back in love with oneself.
Opening track "Good Morning" starts with a low hum and scratchy whistle, gradually building and making its way to the climax, with Konner Whitney's raspy vocals recalling John Cale and Lou Reed. Rather than completely fading out, the song gently concludes, leaving with a sense of uncertainty, painting a picture of someone seeking change but either unready or unsure of where to start.
"Me Or The Party #165" is the album's most honest and open track, with lyrical gems such as "The ladies all love you, the DJs dedicate the night to you / Fill your body up with cocaine, you've earned the right to" and "Tell me, who do you love? Me or the party?" Meanwhile, "The Weekend" is centered around the journey of giving negativity the upper-hand before finding clarity in the beauty around you, while "Last Night" champions the little triumphs in life and letting go: "Having it all doesn't mean all at once." The pair, while beautiful on their own, are even more impactful in tandem.
The album concludes with "Maryland," an uplifting and heartwarming tune. Whitney has taken listeners through his battle of finding self-love and is now ready to be loved by others, singing, "She says she loves you / So take the money and let her love you / Ride providence as it begs to be rode / To Maryland and beyond." Bookending "Good Morning," "Maryland" marks an ending to Whitney's story, calling on himself to embrace the change.
On Two Years, Whitney has used his vulnerability and courage to achieve solace. By using sly humour to power his resilience, he's found peace of mind in an open and honest retelling of his burdens. (Maple Death)