2013's The Chronicles Of Marnia is Marnie Stern's first album without drummer Zach Hill, who opted to work with psycho hip-hop act Death Grips instead, and it softens her sound a bit but doesn't take away from the quality.
Marnia is a high-spirted, playful record filled with optimistic melody with a slight lyrical self-doubt Stern seems to be facing as she gets closer and closer to the ripe ol' age of 40. She might be a mighty fine guitarist (one of the better ones out today) but her unique Karen-O-esque vocal style and rhythms shouldn't go unnoticed. Even without Hill, Stern proves she's can rock out with thoughtful playfullness without ever looking back.
3½ hesitations ignored out of 5
Songs Of Note: East Side Glory; Hell Yes