Four months after the release of her sophomore album The Good Witch, Maisie Peters is treating fans with the deluxe version. The 15-song tracklist has been upgraded, with six brand new additions.
Released in June this year, The Good Witch is described as Maisie’s twisted version of a breakup album and chronicles the last year of her life. Explaining the title, she said “It’s about being the good witch and deciding to use your power for good, not evil. It’s important to tell the truth. Music is subjective, and it’s my music, so I get to decide.” (x)
The deluxe tracks kick off with ‘Holy Revival’, which sees Maisie turn her scathing into self-empowerment in typical fashion. Turns out she meant it when she said “I’ll put your name in all the songs”, singing “my ex was a bitter man middle-child” before dropping his name “Andrew”.
‘Yoko’ is next, a soft guitar-driven song leading up to the bridge. Maisie sings about miscommunications in a relationship, allegorised by the subject’s misunderstanding of The Beatles.
In ‘The Song’, Maisie turns heartbreak into humour and colourfully warns her ex that she’s going to fall out in love with him by the end of the song. It feels less of a threat and more of a reminder-to-self.
‘Guy On a Horse’ follows, a fast-paced track where Maisie throws out gloriously savage remarks like it’s going out of fashion. The highlight is her ability to back herself “I’ve played Wembley stadium, like, is that hard?”
‘Truth Is’ feels like the sister to ‘Body Better’, it’s clear that songwriting is a means of catharsis for Maisie. Spilling her guts into her music, wrapping up her pain into effortlessly catchy pop songs.
The album finishes with ‘The Last One’, a song about being your partner’s number one supporter but feels more like a shoutout to the fans – “Stood on the bleachers all alone after the crowd’s gone, I’ll be the last one.” It sounds like it should be playing over the credits at the end of a rom-com and is the perfect finish to a no-skip album.