Maggie Rogers’ ‘Heard It In A Past Life’

5 Songs To Listen To From The Singer’s Debut Album

BY: Georgia Davis

Maggie Rogers’ rise to fame has been fast. The 24-year-old was discovered at NYU by producer Pharrell Williams, and since then, she has had a whirlwind of a career that stemmed from releasing mostly independent EPs and singles.

In her debut full-length album, Heard It In A Past Life, the songstress takes her enthusiasm and indie sound to a new level while mixing in fan-favorite singles. The feel-good, upbeat album should be in everyone’s queue, but if you’re looking for specific songs to sample first, check these ones out:

OVERNIGHT

Positioned in the second slot on the album, “Overnight” shows off Rogers’ sassier side. The song talks about how people can change overnight and how to cope with that knowledge. With punchy lyrics and a staccato beat to match, this track will have anyone singing along.

ALASKA

“Alaska” is the track Rogers played for Pharrell Williams that fateful day in New York, and what you hear on the album is pretty much the same as the demo version she played during the master class. It’s fitting that the single made the cut for the 12-track album. The song encapsulates everything Rogers is in the music industry, highlighting her breathy falsetto and the free-flowing spirit of her production.

PAST LIFE

No album is complete without a moving ballad, and for Rogers that’s “Past Life.” The imperfections and nuances in her voice are the focus of the moving song. It really shows off the catch in her voice, as well as her lyrics about dealing with your past.

SAY IT

This alt-R&B track’s sultry lyrics coupled with Rogers on-point falsetto is enough to keep this song on repeat. But if that’s not enough to reel you in, maybe the dancing-inducing chorus will get you feeling some sort of way. “Say It” is easily the best song on the album, and it should be rewarded by making an appearance on all of your playlists.

BACK IN MY BODY

It can be difficult to find the right song to end an album. The artist has to find a way to keep listeners tuned in through its duration, and Rogers crafted her 45-minute journey beautifully. “Back In My Body” is a true anthem that gives listeners hope for their personal lives and the future of Rogers’ career, which seems will be long and prosperous.