It’s time for class and Melanie Martinez is getting all A’s. On the singer’s latest outing, the “K-12 Tour,” Martinez brings her visual album to life in her most extravagant live performances yet.
Melanie’s sophomore album K-12 released in September and follows the literal growth of her Cry Baby persona, as she graduates pre-k and heads straight for high school. The album sounds 100 percent Melanie, but changes the themes from her kiddy-like Cry Baby album to a slightly more mature high school theme.
Although Melanie reigns from New York, the Fillmore show I attended in Philadelphia was considered her “home show” and she brought the house down.
While battling evil principles and bus drivers, K-12 dove into much more adult topics such as eating disorders, the pressures of the music industry, and the #Metoo movement to name a few. Martinez has already sold me on her growth as a writer with the new album, but seeing her perform the tracks live sold me on her growth as an artist in general.
Her set followed the album’s tracklist kicking off with “Wheels On The Bus,” and led into tracks like “Class Fight” and “The Principle.” I’ve listened to the record at nearly 20 times, and have seen Melanie perform on her previous tours, but this tour had my eyes hooked.
The set, the visuals, the costumes… everything this time was bigger. Though, what really caught my attention was the addition of full choreography from start to finish. Her team of dancers took full control on their roles and lifted Melanie to new heights (literally in regards to her “Strawberry Shortcake” dress) and created something brand new for Cry Baby.
To me, Melanie Martinez has always been about growth. From her start on YouTube, she grew to something bigger, The Voice. Her debut album, Crybaby took on the early years of childhood and K-12 took on the later years. Canonically, her persona of Cry Baby is growing up, but with this release and everything shes doing to bring it to life, Melanie is growing up with her.
Check out the album and the remaining tour dates below:
11/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union
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