Marissa Nadler

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★★★ For My Crimes BELLA UNION/SA­CRED BONES. CD/DL/LP Guests in­clude Angel Olsen and Sharon Von Et­ten, but Nadler’s lat­est is chill­ier than 2016’s Strangers.

“You said I live for tragedy/So I threw the keys at your head,” sings Nadler here on All Out Of Catas­tro­phes. It works as a two-line syn­op­sis for a dark and min­i­mal­ist eighth al­bum part-driven by mar­i­tal con­flict. Var­i­ously evok­ing The Cow­boy Junkies and a slightly less po­tent in­car­na­tion of 4AD’s ’90s coun­try-goths Tar­na­tion, For My Crimes’ brood­ing, melan­cholic songs have some won­der­fully come hither ti­tles – I Can’t Lis­ten To Gene Clark Any­more; You’re Only Harm­less When You Sleep – but Nadler’s cathar­tic in­ner jour­ney isn’t al­ways as easy to em­pathise with as it is art­fully ex­pressed. Though Are You Re­ally Go­ing To Move To The South? is un­der­pinned by some lovely fin­ger­pick­ing melodies and In­ter­lock­ing is a fine torch song burn­ing with tan­gi­ble ar­dour, For My Crimes can some­times feel like time in the slam­mer.

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