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Boone’s new album sets off fireworks in the music industry

The release of “Fireworks & Rollerblades” on April 5 marked Benson Boone’s third album.
M. Armstrong
On April 5, “Fireworks & Rollerblades” was released and made an immediate impact on Boone listeners.

Slow it down. Take a moment now. We’re too young to drown deep in dirty waters. 

On April 5, singer and songwriter Benson Boone released his newest album, “Fireworks & Rollerblades,” which includes 14 songs and an intro. This album dives into themes of heartbreak, mental health, and relationships. 

“Fireworks & Rollerblades” provides listeners with aspects of the youthful, romantic Boone while also providing a glimpse into Boone’s new vibe. 

Boone first introduced himself to the world in American Idol’s 19th season in 2021. He made it to the Top 24 before dropping out and pursuing his music career with his debut song, “Ghost Town,” which was released in October 2021. 

While Boone’s song charted in 16 countries, he did not blow up until recently with his release of “Beautiful Things,” one of the songs in “Fireworks & Rollerblades.” Thanks to this song and Boone’s growing TikTok presence, millions of people were waiting for the release of his new album.

Let me pull you out. Let me hold you down. 

In this album, Boone explores the complexity of balancing relationships and mental health and understanding when a relationship is becoming unhealthy. These themes are especially prevelant in songs such as “Cry” where Boone expresses the need to focus on his own mental health and rid himself of people who drag him down. 

“Cry” is a driving with the windows down and the volume all the way up kind of song. It is perfect for people who wish to release stress or anger. 

“Slow it Down” also addresses mental health in relationships, but Boone takes a softer approach to this song, highlighting the importance of communication and supporting your partner. 

“Fireworks & Rollerblades” normalizes mental health and advocates for communication and healthy relationships. Boone shares pieces of himself and his grief, which allows his listeners to relate and apply the songs to their own struggles.

When you’re on the ground, and you’re crying. I’m trying to slow it down. 

Despite the more serious topics in this recent album, Boone remains a heart-throb and showcases his beautiful way with words in songs such as “Love of Mine,” “Hello Love,” and “Forever and a Day.” 

He swoops listeners off their feet with poetic lines, especially in “Forever and a Day,” where he leads into the chorus with, “Your laugh is such a perfect sound. These butterflies lived a million lives to say, I swear I’ve known you longer than forever and a day.”

With charm and sincerity, Boone leads the listeners through multiple emotions and experiences, allowing them to feel and release. 

When you’re spinning ‘round in your head, I’ll help you slow it down. 

“Fireworks & Rollerblades” is just the start of Benson Boone, and it is clear that his music is touching many people’s lives already. His world tour with this album began April 2 in Chicago and will continue through September, going across the world. 

The hope is that Boone can influence people through his music and help people learn to “Slow it Down.”

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Maggie Armstrong
Maggie Armstrong, Editor-in-Chief
Maggie Armstrong is an Editor-in-Chief of The Voice, and it is her third year on staff. In her free time, Maggie reads, takes ballet and pointe classes, and coaches Sparkle Squad at HCA. She loves spending time with family and friends.

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