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A Melodious Mixtape of Emotions

By Khoza Shebach
Music Journalist

Ill-defined, alternative pop music are the words to describe this seven-track album created by Baby FuzZ titled Welcome To The Future.

This album is dedicated to young adults who surround themselves with sarcasm and dark humor. More specifically, marketed to those who use jokes and derision to conceal their deep inner emotions of how they feel about their individual life. For example, if someone asks a person how their life is going, that said person would naturally lie, “It’s going, I guess. I’m living the life!”

However, the long, honest truth would be: “I don’t know how to describe it! After high school, I refused to attend college or apply for the career I wanted. Right now, I’m overworked, underpaid, and unmotivated. I ignored the potential skills and abilities that my teachers and parents advised me to master. My life is not bad, but not the best it could be…”

“Who is Baby FuzZ?” the listener may ask. To answer that question, he is a singer-songwriter who goes on tour in the northern states of America. If you follow him on social media, he can be described as colorful, yet clownish.

Most of his images are very unspecified, random, and lack the maturity of a grown adult. Yes, he makes pop music but it sounds like it is expressed from the mind of an emotional teenager. The mixed emotions of joy, sadness, anger, fright and disgust are all fused in each of his songs, so it is hard to determine which certain emotion the listener should interpret.

Happiness and Disgust

Welcome To The Future is the most confusing song of the entire album because it is a mixture of sarcasm and dramatic irony. To summarize the song and lyrics, it’s overhyped, optimistic electronic music that contains stories about happy people and environments soon to be burned in a doomed world; two concepts that don’t make sense.

Quite possibly, it may be an unclear message that reads: “The world is going to end, so what is the point for trying your best in life? Give up your ambitions and dwell in a neutral life of mediocrity!”

Honestly, this may be the song that convinces young adults not to strive for a little triumph and just play it safe. It advises them not to take any risk of being extraordinary because if they do not succeed, their future descendants will suffer from their failures.

Anger

The song “Before Our Time” lyrically tells the listener that kids before adulthood had no responsibilities.

The tune begins with calmly plucked guitar strings, abruptly followed by a boom of rock band instruments and vocal shouting, giving a rebellious illusion that teenagers are unstoppable and can do whatever they want. They blamelessly cause mischief and are free from trouble against any sort of authority. Like those times of being a delinquent dwindle, a life of grown-up responsibility approaches.

Metaphorically, the listener could determine why Baby FuzZ acts like a man-child, because he refuses to find maturity. In this case, a lot of young adults could relate since they have no idea what to do with their lives. They continue to dwell in their carefree past and they are unable to develop and find purpose in their future. That’s why they angrily stroll through a somewhat adequate, but unpleasant life in the present.

Sadness and Fright

Certain songs in the album best describe the routines of an unfulfilled life. Both “Weekend Blues” and “I’m Trying my Freaking Best” obviously untangle the depressing procedures of how a fairly positive young adult has no goals or endgames and shuns away achievement.

Their daily routines are planned like so: wake up, work, eat, watch TV, sleep, and repeat. Again, a specific theme the listener could identify for both these songs is irony. For example, as upbeat and hopeful “Weekend Blues” sounds, it doesn’t match the unhappy, disturbing lyrics that declare.

“Your life is a failure! Your friends are all ghosts! No one to regale you! The world is [a] joke!” These sad lyrics make it hard to maintain a smile on a person’s face every day. It’s also terrifying that this said person would endure loneliness and be a burden to others.

To be honest, it’s undecided how to feel about Welcome To The Future. It’s not bad or unrelatable, but has no certain mood or atmosphere.

Rather than produce an accomplished album, Baby FuzZ figuratively squeezed all five emotions in a childish mixtape, and an irate composition of disgusting humor accompanied by cheerful melodies, written with freighting lyrics and sad stories.

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