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Album Review: Stick Season by Noah Kahan

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Stick Season is Noah Kahan’s third studio album. It was released back on October 14th, 2022, after he teased and released multiple snippets of songs to TikTok.  

He originally released a single called “Stick Season” on July 8 of the same year. It follows Kahan’s life experiences, and he takes a very mountain-town spin on it.  

Throughout the album, he is constantly talking about his life, and each song is powerful and filled with raw emotion.  

He released a deluxe edition of his album on June 9th and has since released singles of collaborations with artists on popular songs from the album. For those who don’t know Noah Kahan, he is from Vermont, and you might know him from his hit singles “Young Blood”, “Hurt Somebody” and “Stick Season”.  

The album is explicit, but if that is a concern to you, you can find the censored version on Spotify as well.  

Throughout this album, Noah Kahan addresses loss and acknowledges the ways he’s coped with it.  

As someone who has spent most of his summers and winters in Vermont, this album hits home for me, as it genuinely feels like Vermont to me. 

Noah Kahan’s style of music is hard to describe, as each song of his varies in style and tempo, but for the most part he’s folk/pop, like Australian singer/songwriter Vance Joy.  

This album is slower-paced compared to the average Vance Joy song, but it has a level of raw emotion that I haven’t seen anywhere else.  

The album loosely follows important things in his life, but it mainly is just important memories and feelings he’s had.  

Northern Attitude

A song about being raised in New England and dealing with the cold. He talks about reconnecting with someone after a loss and picking yourself up. 

This is the opening to the album and it does a great job showing what the album is about. This is one of my favorite songs, and it just feels powerful to listen to.  

Stick Season

This is the song that caused Noah Kahan’s popularity to skyrocket and with reason. It’s upbeat, emotional, and most importantly, talking about missing someone. He mentions how they used to be close but now even their mom forgets who he is, and he still misses them. 

This song is very easy to listen to for anyone who might be interested, and I would recommend it to anyone trying to see if they might like his music.  

All My Love

“All My Love” is by far my favorite song and it was one of the first songs I ever heard of his. It talks about him missing someone who used to be dear to him, and how even through them being cold, he still gave this person love. 

Throughout the song, he talks about fond memories he had with her, and how he still doesn’t hold anything against her. Similarly, to Stick Season, this is an easy introduction to Noah Kahan.  

Homesick

This song is about Noah Kahan wanting to leave his hometown, and all the awful memories attached to it. He’s tired of the same old and is looking to leave. Whether you want to leave, or you’re homesick and wish to go back to that familiar, this song is for you.  

The View Between Villages (Extended)

This song isn’t for everyone, but this has grown on me over time. It starts slowly, but it feels like the entire culmination of the album, but it sure is emotional. 

The non-extended version is almost as good, but the extended version has an extra verse, and it is so emotional. 

There’s all this build-up, and it ends with him talking about driving past the graveyard, and him seeing ghosts, and he just must drive past them. Considering all that’s mentioned in the album, this is a great closer, although it’s most certainly not the easiest to get into.  

Overall, this is by far my favorite album I’ve listened to, and the many different emotions throughout the album make it very versatile.  

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Cole Thompson, Multimedia Journalist
Cole has been at Brimmer since 2021 and joined The Gator this freshman year. He enjoys many sports, such as soccer and skiing. He also enjoys reading and music.

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