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GLITTERING POLITICAL POP PUTS THE PEDAL TO THE FLOOR

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Meghan Remy has blazed a ferocious trail with her uncompromi­sing feminist pop. She is straight-talking and clear-thinking – but always with a chorus you could hang from a glitter ball.

That remains the case on her astonishin­g eighth album, a propulsive assault of thinking«iÀܘ½Ã yœœÀ wiÀÃ] ÀiVœÀ`i` >Ì Montreal’s Hotel 2 Tango studio, of Godspeed You fame and notoriety, with a 20-piece band (including Bruce Springstee­n sax tooter Jake Clemons).

There is machine-processed sound and fury (‘Overtime’), swooping angst (‘Denise, Don’t Wait’) and funk juggernaut­s that speak truth to power ‘(4 American Dollars’).

Sprinkled in between are recordings in which people recall intimate moments from their lives. ‘The Most Hurtful Thing’, for instance, consists of interviewe­es recollecti­ng words that hurt their feelings. (If I was to make a late contributi­on, Meghan, it would be: “Shamrock Rovers 6 – Cork City

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And at the centre of it all is Remy, with her fantastic Madonna-frontsSoni­c Youth voice and tunes that ring out – and carry one hell of a big stick. OUT NOW · ED POWER

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