“Emotions and Math” is not simply the name of Margaret Glaspy’s debut album. That expression drills right to the heart of the New York singer-songwriter’s proper introduction, a mission statement both artistic and personal.
After cutting her teeth in New York and Boston, where she was a touring musician and played in other people’s bands, “Emotions and Math” signals an assured new direction for Glaspy.
On “Memory Street,” she envisions her past as a small town dotted with old relationships and memories both fond and painful: “Why remember all the times I took forever to forget?” She salutes her self-reliance on “Somebody to Anybody,” reminding both the listener and herself that, “I don’t want to be somebody to anybody/ No, I’m good at no one.”
The closing “Black Is Blue” is a poetic ode to accepting a reality you never knew. The least autobiographical song on the record, it’s the story of a couple who were in love, had a kid, and then broke up. “But from far away, ‘Black Is Blue’ is about things you thought were one way but aren’t really like that at all,” Glaspy says.
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