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Australian Guitar - - Technique - MATT DO­RIA

Her fourth al­bum of fierce and fas­tid­i­ous mind-melters, it’s as ap­par­ent as ever that Cash Sav­age can do no wrong. At a tight nine tracks, Sav­age and co. use Good

Cit­i­zens to cut right through the bull­shit, tak­ing lis­ten­ers on a roller­coaster ride over waves of dry, goose­bump­ing melan­choly and sharp, acer­bic wit from the mo­ment “Bet­ter Than That” bleeds in with its first ear-prick­ing plucks. A slow-burner, lay­ers of gruff gui­tars and glassy fid­dle seep with a dark hu­man­ity. It’s in the brighter cuts that the LP makes its most last­ing im­pact – the pit-ready “Hu­mans” and Court­ney Bar­nett-ish “Pack An­i­mals” – but we’d be re­miss not to also high­light the darker slith­ers of Sav­age’s mind, like the heady “Sun­day” and the wind­ing, gut-punch­ing ti­tle track.

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