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Released: 31.01.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derided as “St. Vincent-lite” by dissenting fans, Mackenzie Scott’s 2017 effort Three Futures nevertheless represented a key step – a liberating creative leap from its resonant yet derivative predecessors. Her first fully self-produced collection, fourth album Silver Tongue is a full realisation of Three Futures’ fertile ideals.

A rich, beautifully curated tapestry centred around impulse and desire, it’s a record whose dense arrangements and imaginative sonic detours are equalled only by Scott’s sharply observed lyrical turns. Naturally, its standouts offer a broad range of strokes. Lead track Good Scare, for instance, sets an unromanticised account of love’s gestation to an expertly textured bed of electronics, while Good Grief targets fetishized sadness amid swathes of buzzing, mechanical guitar. A career best.

 

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