Un­tidy Lines

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Rachel Maria Cox re­leases the emo-rock mas­ter­piece Aus­tralia has been clam­our­ing for, and Gary Clark Jr’s sec­ond con­cert al­bum cap­tures the true spirit of live soul and blues, while else­where, Belle Haven, Justin Bur­nasconi, In Hearts Wake and North­lane spin.

There’s com­fort in cathar­sis: some­times, the best sense of clo­sure is se­cured by tak­ing an emo­tional weight and wring­ing it out over some truly rip­ping gui­tars. Un­tidy Lines is pil­lared on that ethos, misty tales of heartache and self-doubt set ablaze via scorch­ing lyri­cal quips and equally driv­ing riffs. Though it’s hard not to feel cheated by the al­bum’s size (at seven cuts just shy of 30 min­utes, it’s more of an EP), ev­ery song is weighty, dy­namic and shows a wealth of mu­si­cal depth. Cox and backing band cover a wide stretch of sonic ground—punky digs clash beau­ti­fully with po­tent tinges of in­die and pop—and though Cox doesn’t play guitar on the al­bum, the Cox sig­na­ture jan­gly spark is splat­tered all over it. High­lights are abun­dant: Con­stel­la­tion packs a sharp som­bre punch in its slow-burn­ing six min­utes and al­bum closer Stronger Lines is out­right goose­bump-in­duc­ing. Un­tidy Lines is the emo-rock mas­ter­piece Aus­tralia has been clam­our­ing for.

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