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click to enlarge The Cranberries, In the End (BMG)
  • The Cranberries, In the End (BMG)

The Cranberries, In the End (BMG) – Since Dolores O’Riordan only had vocal demos finished before her death in 2018, it would not be surprising to see her band falter in converting rough cuts to the final album. But this posthumous effort is their finest work, as O’Riordan’s electric delivery in tracks like “Wake Me When It’s Over” surpasses even classics like “Zombie.”

click to enlarge The Yawpers, Human Question (Bloodshot Records)
  • The Yawpers, Human Question (Bloodshot Records)

The Yawpers, Human Question (Bloodshot Records) – Denver’s chaotic trio refuses to be pigeonholed, which makes The Yawpers fun for dancing or burning down buildings. This fourth album ventures outside the “country-punk” domain, to occasionally sound like James Chance fronting ZZ Top — even if the lyrics are clean, the music is not safe for work.

click to enlarge SOAK, Grim-Town (Rough Trade)
  • SOAK, Grim-Town (Rough Trade)

SOAK, Grim-Town (Rough Trade) – From the opening pronouncements from a conductor on a hell-bound train, it is obvious that this second album by SOAK (Bridie Monds-Watson) has expanded beyond the loneliness of a teen LGBTQ community in Derry, Northern Ireland. SOAK’s delivery suggests Julien Baker’s at times, but the song arrangements and wise lyricism take a quantum leap in Grim-Town. While there’s plenty of political anger here, tracks like “Scrapyard” can almost sound like pop — which is a compliment in this case.

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