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"Seventeen" - Madisyn Gifford | Review

Madisyn Gifford’s "Seventeen" unfolds like a poignant introspection wrapped in the delicate folds of alt-pop. Hailing from Vancouver, Gifford has steadily crafted a reputation for herself with her transcendent blend of indie-folk and pop influences, earning admiration from critics and fans alike.



The song opens with a raw vulnerability, immediately drawing listeners into Gifford's world of personal reflection "Purgatory / Didn't think that that was what was waiting for me / But then I kissed you in my dream and woke up sorry." These lines set a contemplative tone, exploring themes of longing and self-discovery amidst the complexities of love and youth.


Gifford’s lyrical prowess shines through in verses that weave intricate narratives of emotional turmoil and self-awareness "Like a horror story / I've got ghost of breakups past all coming for me / Yelling lies from every side, it's getting gory." Her words paint a vivid picture of inner conflict, where past scars intersect with present vulnerability.

The chorus, anchored by the repeated refrain "Seventeen," serves as a poignant reminder of youthful innocence and the recklessness of emotions, a time when every feeling is amplified and every decision carries weight. It’s a universal sentiment that resonates with anyone who has navigated the turbulent waters of adolescence and young love.


In the bridge, Gifford’s introspection deepens as she confronts her fears and vulnerabilities head-on "I wear my heart on my face, not my sleeve / And I'm scared I might be falling deep." This introspective journey culminates in the outro, where she muses, "It's like I'm seventeen," encapsulating the nostalgia and intensity of youthful emotions.


"Seventeen" not only showcases Madisyn Gifford’s lyrical depth and emotive vocals but also underscores her ability to craft a narrative that resonates on a deeply personal level. With its introspective lyrics and ethereal melodies, the song invites listeners to reflect on their own journeys of self-discovery and emotional growth. Madisyn Gifford emerges as a promising creative force, weaving stories and emotions into a sonic tapestry that captivates and inspires.



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