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Responding to Sabrina’s Released Emails 


After the massive success of singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo’s lead single “drivers license,” ‘blonde girl’ Sabrina Carpenter released her side of the story in her fifth studio album “emails i can’t send” on July 15. 

I have to admit the name of the album is pretty weird and doesn’t correspond with its songs; however, this might be the best album Sabrina has released to date. 

Carpenter opens with the song “emails i can’t send.” Ironically, its lyrics don’t include the name of the song. “emails i can’t send” sets the tone for the album. A collection of songs filled with pain, disappointment, and love is hidden with beautiful lyrics, revealing that this is her most personal album. 

The second track “Vicious” might have the most on-point lyrics. She wrote what she meant without any metaphors or references. The song uses a bassline and the beats suit her soothing voice. But for me, its last minute is probably the best part. 

“Read your Mind” is the third song on the album. It is influenced by disco tunes with good beats and a great combination of drums and synthesizer. When I first heard it, I unknowingly danced to its catchy tune. Her voice sounds surreal. 

In the next track “Tornado Warnings”, Carpenter ensures the lyrics are both metaphorical and literal. The background is a perfect combination of bassline and drums. “Lying to my therapist” is the best line in the song, showing how forthright she was while writing it. 

A very personal song, “because i liked a boy”, is placed fifth in the album. While listening to the song, I understood that it comes directly from her heart. The lyrics of the song are very honest as she revisited the time when she got death threats after the massive success of Rodrigo’s aforementioned single, which made Carpenter be seen as the ‘villain’ or ‘homewrecker.’  

Next is “Already Over.”. Well, I guess I waited for the song to get over because it had a boring tune and wasn’t very catchy. 

“how many things” is a very vulnerable song. It’s filled with emotions and rhetorical questions. The beats are minimalistic and the lyrics are also very easy to understand. 

The eighth track, “bet u wanna,” might be the best song on the album. I like the combination of beats, the guitar and the drums. It’s all so soothing. It would easily fit into an Ariana Grande album. 

“Nonsense” gave me very cool tropical vibes. It’s a good song; the lyrics are pretty decent and the fact that she tried to hit the octave is commendable. I have to applaud her ability to sing long words with ease. This song has the most fun and weird lyrics such as “This song is catchier than chicken pox is / I bet your house is where my other sock is.” 

Inspired by Charlie’s Angels, the music video for “Fast Times” is action-packed. The cheerful song is a reflects the need to always be stuck in exciting moments, as “these are fast times and fast nights / No time for rewrites.” The smooth harmonies and perfect electric guitar solo scream a disco vibe. 

“Skinny Dipping” is the most soothing track in the album. She didn’t show off her singing skills and rather narrated thesong, with few beats in the background. 

The next song might not be “Bad for Business,” but it sure was bad for her album. It didn’t make any sense. I anticipated depressing vibes throughout the whole song. 

“decode” is the thirteenth and final track of the album. She talks about closure after a hard breakup with nostalgia. Lyrics such as “there’s nothing left to decode” convey Carpenter’s acceptance of the end. 

The album is by far her most personal one and all the lyrics are from her heart. However, some songs aren’t what I expected from her. So, I’ll give “emails i can’t send” four crabs. I’m really glad Sabrina decided to finally release these emails. 

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