Rolling Stone

Sunny War’s Eclectic Roots Revolution


SUNNY WAR has spent the past half-decade refining her unique blend of acoustic streetpunk poetry on a series of progressiv­ely melodic records that have earned her opening gigs for everyone from Valerie June to Stephen Stills. Anarchist Gospel represents a career apex with its effortless synthesis of styles, including murky swamp grooves (“Swear to Gawd”), warm country devotional­s (“His Love”), and textured, hand-clapping electric blues (“Shelter and Storm”). It all amounts to a powerful statement from a singer-songwriter poised to become one of the year’s most vital voices in roots music.

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