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Released: 27.10.23






The self-titled fifth album from PAWS is an eclectic affair, there’s little consistency and jolting changes of pace are a constant element. The only underlying theme running through the lyrics of the record is angst. This permeates throughout, whether in the stabbing synths of opening track Helen Black or the more sedate S.A.H.D. The latter features the most jarring of changes, gently fading out as Disenchanted screeches into view at one hundred miles an hour.

In isolation the songs on PAWS are excellent but as an album it feels disjointed, they’ve embraced a variety of elements of 90s alternative rock, but the resultant album feels too disparate. It’s a real shame as so many good ingredients are there.


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