ALBUM REVIEW: U.S. Girls – Heavy Light | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 06.03.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In A Poem Unlimited is one of my personal favourite records of the last decade, fizzing with melody, ideas and personality in a real lightning in a jar way. Happily, U.S. Girls’ follow-up, Heavy Light, takes all of the sensibilities of its predecessor, dials them up to an FM-Radio friendly 11 and offers some of contemporary pop music’s most incisive insight into modern America.

Using the vocabulary of Motown, Springsteen and Chrysalis records Meghan Remy creates something vital and modern sounding. Barnstorming opener 4 Dollars is a brutal reflection on late capitalism while Woodstock 99 is a vivid, personal meditation on memory. What Heavy Light does so well is to marry memory to the present, the personal to the political, with vibrant, joyous, surprising music. A modern pop triumph.

 

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