★★★ 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.