I’ve been following Sam Levin since his 2017 debut Frame of Mind, so I was excited to see that he’s soon to drop his second album, I Am. Once again, the teenaged multi-instrumentalist has created a song woven with complexity that finds a pop-tinged unity, but with “First World Problems”, it feels as though the artist is allowing himself to relax a little, have a little more fun with his sound.
Having previously drawn comparisons to Kings of Leon and The Head and the Heart, Sam Levin adds a dose of Weezer to his sound and allows his personality to flow through. “There was no food left in the house,” he sings, “so I made myself a sandwich.” He follows that familiar complaint with advice: “maybe we should all think twice before complaining.” Where previously Levin was creating music that evoked a maturity for his young age, he is now embracing his youthfulness — even switching into dynamic spoken moments on the track: “Remember when he peed his pants because he saw a raccoon? (But it was really just a dog!)”.
“First World Problems” shows a fresh side of Sam Levin, but continues to put melody and lyrical prowess first. This is certainly an exciting lead to what is sure to be an exciting sophomore album.