As if to set the mood of the third LP to come from Boston’s PVRIS, its opening track ‘Gimmie A Minute’ dives straight into the heart of the pain and frustration that Lynn Gunn has faced since their last record. “Someone just ripped out my throat / Told me to sing while I was choked,” she snarls, placing the health and vocal problems she’s dealt with over the last few years front and centre, an obstacle to overcome. And throughout the darkly alluring ‘Use Me’, she does just that. Tracking her defiant struggle, it’s a powerful - and at times, vulnerable - listen that comes doused in sparkling synths and delicious beats. Expanding upon the electronic foundations laid so deftly with EP ‘Hallucinations’, there’s an assuredness to PVRIS’ latest move - especially during the affirming closer ‘Wish You Well’ - that shows off just how much she’s conquered.
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