Willow Smith is Redefining the Pop Punk Scene

TSL Music Review

Willow Smith

Willow Smith’s long awaited fourth studio album lately I feel EVERYTHING takes listeners on a guitar fueled journey focusing on everything from looking within one’s self and understanding flaws to simply growing up. Let’s take a dive into some of its most memorable tracks.

transparent soul ft. Travis Baker 

Smith opens the album with her smash hit single “transparent soul” which features Blink-182 drummer Travis Baker. The upbeat drums and guitar backs up a track about being able to see into one’s own soul as well as those around them. It’s about stepping back from judging others long enough to realize where you may need help.

don’t save ME 

You know how sometimes it can be hard to open up about issues that are bothering you? You feel like the only way for you to get through it is if you go about the matter alone. That’s what this song deals with. Smith is having a back and forth feeling of knowing she can’t handle all of what she’s dealing with alone but also not wanting others to help her. Stick around for the end of this track where there’s an amazing guitar solo!


This next track crashes through in a grand way as Smith belts over heavy guitar “Lipstick on a mirror/Saying who you want to be.” This song takes you deep into Smith’s mind as she at first begins to panic about everything that is thrown at her but slowly begins to “spread her wings” and soar.

G R O W ft. Avril Lavigne 

Smith called in help from not her childhood influence… the princess of pop punk herself Avril Lavigne! This song is one of my favorites on the album and is very upbeat infused with some pop. The song focuses on healing one’s self and realizing that you still have room and time for growth and change.

Overall Smith definitely did not disappoint with this album and is definitely redefining the pop punk scene of today while bringing back some of the classic people who helped shape it. Are you streaming lately I feel EVERYTHING? Did any tracks resonate with you? Let us know with an emoji!


By Monique Petty-Ashmeade, Sophomore, DePaul University

IG: @springwaffle

Written by Monique Petty Ashmeade

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