Mike Posner Returns With Unique Album

Kasey Vouros, The Carroll News

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Mike Posner is an American singer/songwriter, poet and producer from Southfield, Michigan. He is most commonly known for his hit songs, “Cooler Than Me”, “Please Don’t Go” and “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.”

It was a common misconception that Posner’s career was over, as he had not come out with new music for years, with the exception of “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” in 2016. However, the singer has just released his latest album, “A Real Good Kid,” on Jan. 18 of this year.

Digg conducted an interview with the singer in 2016 regarding his last hit single, “I Took a Pill in Ibiza”, in which Posner goes through the song line by line, explaining its significance.

Posner talks about his hit song, “Cooler Than Me”, that is mentioned in the single in the line, “I get along with old-timers ‘cause my name’s a reminder of a pop song people forgot.”

“I Took a Pill in Ibiza,” he said, “is about the disillusionment that goes with achieving all your goals and then realizing they don’t make you feel as good as you thought they would.”

Why has Posner decided to come out with an album now, after years of silence?

The singer has experienced numerous hardships over the past few years, including the breakup with his girlfriend, the death of his friend, Avicii in April of 2018 and the death of his father in Jan. of 2017.

Posner has also been very open about his struggle with depression and found that keeping himself out of the spotlight was the best decision for his health.

“A Real Good Kid” is comprised of 12 eclectic songs, detailing his struggles and giving listeners an intimate snapshot into the singer’s life. It is a collection of Posner’s experiences and feelings, which he invites his fans and critics to be a part of. The 12 items on the album are all unique but work cohesively to tell a story.

One interesting piece to note about his album is that it begins with “Introduction,” where the singer politely asks his listeners to listen to the album in its entirety, avoiding all distractions. He even goes as far as to ask the listener to stop listening and come back at a later time if they cannot listen to it without answering emails, text messages or becoming distracted. This truly exhibits the meaningfulness behind the album.

When Posner was asked what the goal of his album was, he responded with, “I hope they feel it cuts through the bulls**t of their normal minutiae of life and brings them into contact with reality and what they feel and what’s going on with them at the moment.”

The audio tracks of his father, included in the album, speaking to or about Posner, give a truly personal and real touch that tugs on any listener’s heartstrings.

One doesn’t have to like Mike Posner or his music to admit that this is a unique and deeply personal album inspired by love and death. Posner strives to and succeeds at conveying true emotion in his newest piece of art.