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Released: 08.04.16





She Makes War’s third album of ‘gloom pop’ feels like a step up.

The grand songs, like single Drown Me Out, are more imposing; the simple songs, like Paper Thin (an early favourite to win my Song of 2016) are more unassuming, and more stunning as a result. It’s gloomier (In Cold Blood), it’s poppier (Cold Shoulder).

It’s incredibly musically innovative, and sheds all the gimmicks (like the siren noises that were the only thing wrong with Little Battles’ Delete). The lyrics have She Makes War’s signature balance of mid-distance-staring poetry and Britpoppy directness.

Put this album on some good speakers or headphones, turn it right up and let it swallow you. Drift through the sea of its beauty.

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