With fewer hands stirring the pot, she’s come even more into her own.


Even with one toe fixed firmly in the pop punk world on last year’s ‘lately I feel EVERYTHING’ (she is one of the many, many names on Travis Barker’s CV, after all), there was always the potential for WILLOW’s sound to go beyond generic confines and amount to something more eclectic. With fewer hands stirring the pot this time around, she’s had ample opportunity to come even more into her own, pulling off the bouncy, subtly ska-influenced WLW bop ‘hover like a GODDESS’ and introspective guitar pop groove of ‘curious/furious’ and ‘ur a stranger’ with stylish ease. Most intriguing, perhaps, are her forays into post-hardcore, unleashing a tremendous scream over the top of crunching guitars in the dying moments of ‘ it’s my fault’, but not everything goes quite so smoothly. ‘WHY?’ is a little clunky, coming across as unable to commit to any specific sound or direction, and while ‘Split’ delivers a gorgeous cinematic ending, it treads a slightly disjointed path to get there. Hopefully, however, these might be the last of the teething problems. The thought, the creativity and the lyricism in particular are all constantly commendable – and she can certainly do catchiness too.


Tags: WILLOW, Album Reviews

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