4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2011
This is Marnie Stern's third and best album. While her last albums flexed her rapid-fire guitar prowess and experimental-rock song structures, her latest album also boasts some of the catchiest riffs and imaginative rhythms heard in rock. The songs are melodic and memorable with Marnie balancing odd finger-tapped riffs with sweet and sour vocal melodies. The songs are at times simultaneously euphoric, disorienting, and powerful. One of the best of 2010!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2011
At it's best, "Marnie Stern" is a metal pinball careening down its slope, knocking into bumpers and whatnot toward its eventual end. Or a hall of mirrors, not knowing quite what you'll run into next. Take comfort that someone out there can make music that at once is this creative and rockin'.
on June 3, 2013
Marnie Stern's third album is a 'keeper'. I'm now a devoted fan, despite my initial reservation when I read that Stern's music is sometimes labelled Math Rock (could there be a more off-putting musical tag?). First song, FOR ASH, is emotionally powerful. It has a beautiful chorus which highlights all of Stern's gifts: her utterly original melodic sense, the multi-layering of her girlish-but-fully-committed voice, the stunning drumming and the guitar virtuosity. The rest of the album is more angular than FOR ASH, but like a lot of good things in music, absolutely repays repeated listenings. So much of Stern's success resides in how her songs reveal layer upon layer of surprises and pleasure. For me, she's the freshest, most original rocker to emerge since Polly Jean Harvey and Sleater-Kinney. May she rock for a goodly long time.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2013
I was turned on to this record by Rolling Stone magazine. In short, a bad recommendation. The best reference I could think of was Animal Collective with female vocals.
Just painful to listen to.