Third full-length from Hella/The Advantage member Marnie Stern. Its a follow-up to her 2008 album “This Is It”.
Stern makes progressive music for the indie crowd. The newest euphemism for this is “math rock, ” and as that label implies, the music is technical, spastic and not always accessible. Stern’s high-pitched, screechy vocal style is an acquired taste, kind of like a hyperactive cartoon chipmunk double-tracking itself.
She’s a different kind of guitar hero in that she doesn’t play the way conventionally talented guitarists do. Her two-handed tapping arpeggios form the basis for most of her songs. The tapping riffs are manic cloudbursts of sound. Think Eddie van Halen meets Sleater-Kinney. – Ryan Faughdner / Neon Tommy
That bit on Pixies’ ‘Oh My Golly’ where Joey Santiago flips out and unleashes that squealy psycho ‘solo’ ? Covered here three dozen times. Unbelievable. Just because she can wave her guitar around with low slung abandon doesn’t mean she’s mastered the damn thing. You will find more striking evidence of young females coming to the fore with their chops in order on, say, the first Throwing Muses album. – The Music Fix
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