Her­story 6/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - Med­i­ta­tions on men­tal health and moth­er­hood from Julie Ri­ley JoHN LEWis

I Am Her is the solo project of Julie Ri­ley, for­mer front­woman of Rosa Mota and Crown Es­tate. Her­story sees her singing and play­ing acous­tic gui­tars, ac­com­pa­nied only by drum­mer Jeff Townsin, which makes things quite son­i­cally samey. Ri­ley is at her in­tense and punky best when she sounds like PJ Har­vey, as on the dark, gothic waltz “Debby Brown” (told from the POV of a creepy man), or the thrashy “Harpy”. Less in­ter­est­ing are the wist­ful med­i­ta­tions on par­ent­hood (al­ways a tricky con­cept to ex­plore in rock), or the gauche, folky al­le­gories like “Hero­ine” (where she sounds like a par­tic­u­larly un­so­phis­ti­cated Vashti Bun­yan).

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