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AN­GALEENA PRES­LEY Wran­gled ★★★★ Min­ing Light/Thirty Tigers

“Wran­gled is an ex­plic­itly forth­right jour­ney through my ex­pe­ri­ence in the busi­ness of coun­try mu­sic. I tried to tackle un­com­fort­able re­al­i­ties like the dis­crim­i­na­tion against fe­male artists at the height of Bro-Coun­try, the high school men­tal­ity of Mu­sic Row and the pain that’s just be­neath the sur­face of the road to star­dom.” And the re­doubtable and hugely en­ter­tain­ing An­galeena Pres­ley is true to her word. The lesser known of the three Pis­tol An­nies fol­lows up her ex­cel­lent 2014 de­but, Amer­i­can

Mid­dle Class, with a sear­ing, provoca­tive and clever take on a woman’s lot in Nashville. She writes or co-writes all 12 tracks from the re­al­ity check of Dreams Don’t Come

True to the mock­ing Mo­tel Bi­ble, even par­o­dy­ing the genre with

Coun­try lest any­one has missed the mes­sage. The Nashville es­tab­lish­ment hasn’t; they ig­nore her. Nobody else should. an­galeenapres­ley.com JOE BREEN

The lesser known of the three Pis­tol An­nies fol­lows up her 2014 de­but with a sear­ing, provoca­tive and clever take on a woman’s lot in Nashville

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