LAURA JANE GRACE & THE DE­VOUR­ING MOTH­ERS

Q (UK) - - Review | New Albums - GEORGE GARNER

BOUGHT TO ROT BLOOD­SHOT, OUT 9 NOVEM­BER Against Me! singer cuts loose to stun­ning ef­fect.

You can hardly blame Laura Jane Grace for tak­ing a breather right now. Against Me!’s last two LPs ex­hib­ited con­fes­sional song­writ­ing at its most un­flinch­ing, de­tail­ing Grace’s tran­si­tion from a life lived pre­vi­ously as Tom Ga­bel. Bought To Rot is, then, some­thing of a pal­ette cleanser: both wider in scope and lighter in tone. While Grace’s idea of lev­ity still in­volves dis­sect­ing re­la­tion­ships (Va­le­ria Golina), here the sound­track is more jan­gly alt-rock than caus­tic punk. Best of all is I Hate Chicago, a per­sonal city tour which show­cases Grace at her acid-tongued finest.

Lis­ten To: I Hate Chicago | Va­le­ria Golina | Screamy Dreamy

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