Sticky Fingers offstagerock’n’rollpersonas – whether you believe in the veracity of them or not – can, in an unsurprising way, take away from their musical output.
Which kinda sucks. Because their new album, Westway: The Glitter & The Slums works as a super-interesting comedown record to their last album, Land of Pleasure. That was a bonkers sunshine indie psyche-pop gem — my 2014 review of it for Rolling Stone gave it 4 stars — and Westway is scrappier, stranger and not quite the summer-jam kiler its predecessor was. It definitely has more heart, however.
Anyway. With that in mind – my featured review of Westway: The Glitter & The Slums for Rolling Stoneis right here.
Against Me! and Laura Jane Grace have been making essential punk albums for the past decade-plus… and Shape Shift With Me is no exception. You want angry relationship identity punk? You got it, kid. Check out my review of Shape Shift With Me for Rolling Stoneright here.