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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

MARNIE STERN / The Chronicles Of Marnia [2013]

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

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