2020 has sucked for most people, but Phoebe Bridgers is having a well-deserved great year. Her new album Punisher (QRO review) has been topping year-end lists, and just racked up Grammy nominations. She’s become a big-name artist, including amazing television appearances like doing “I Know the End” on Seth Meyers (QRO review). Her “I promise to do if Biden wins” cover of Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” with Maggie Rogers was a number one download. Now comes a special bonus EP Copycat Killer, where she reworks a few Punisher songs into new strings versions, with acclaimed orchestral player & arranger Bob Moose.
The four songs are distinctly different than on Punisher. “Kyoto” is turned from sweetness into sadness via strings (but still asks, “Do they still have payphones?”). “Savior Complex” goes big orchestral with intimate vocals. “Chinese Satellite” maybe best marries Bridgers’ vocals & guitar with the new backdrop. Meanwhile, “Punisher” showcases its heartbreaking beauty. There are even a few you might think are better than the originals.
Yes, this is an add-on EP to a commercial & critical breakthrough LP, and can’t be the must-listen that Punisher is. But this is a great bonus that’s more than just an add-on, from the one-and-only Phoebe Bridgers.