ALBUM REVIEW: Mary Timony – Untame the Tiger | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 26.02.24

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untame The Tiger is Mary Timony’s first solo album since 2015. Her voice has become deeper, more melancholy with years. It is direct, minimal indie rock – only in slow motion, slightly diluted – a reflection seen in a mirror. Timony is trying out a new rhythm.

The tone of the album oscillates between sadness and timid joy. I’m not sure whether these nine new songs – most of which are love songs – mark a return or a farewell. The whole mood reminds me of Lou Barlow’s recent Reason To Live, or Stephen Malkmus’ solo recordings. It is a pleasing album yet part of me had wished for something more – something less transparently familiar, wilder. Perhaps I had hoped to see the tiger itself, untamed.

 

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