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The Twilight Sad, It Won/t Be Like This All the Time
  • The Twilight Sad, It Won/t Be Like This All the Time
The Twilight Sad, It Won/t Be Like This All the Time (Rock Action Records) – Of the many Scottish bands seeking to take the “mope rock” title from Frightened Rabbit since the death of FR’s Scott Hutchison, The Twilight Sad has always been the most strident in its grief. James Graham combines a thick brogue with minimalist lyrics, while Andy MacFarlane oversees a guitar-and-synth sound borrowing from the likes of Joy Division and The Cure. The 11 tracks on the band’s new album offer a distilled mix of heartbreak and terror, most effective when Graham is most accusatory, as in “I’m Not Here” and “Videograms.” If The Twilight Sad seems repetitious, think of the band’s intent as the provision of a continuous sober suite to chronicle an endless bummer.

Emily Strange, The Other Side
  • Emily Strange, The Other Side
Emily Strange, The Other Side (Apollo Sound) – Strange’s rich jazzy R&B voice has shown up in critical backing roles with regional musicians like Kevin Mitchell and the Company Eight collective, but this 14-track debut album demonstrates the breadth of her talents. On first listen, duets “Dark, Meet Twisted” with Mitchell or “Blood Thirsty” with Stoney Bertz will catch listener ears. But when Strange flies solo in complex works like “Fine Line” and “White Flag,” her lyrics eclipse those of most Colorado artists, suggesting she’s ready for a national stage.

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