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Album Review: Laura Jane Grace – Stay Alive

Music with therapeutic energy

Laura Jane Grace’s latest solo album, Keep Alive, is a welcomed shock. The Towards Me! frontwoman’s album channels all the emotions that include a pandemic and simply typically 2020, so the title Keep Alive may be very becoming. There are 14 tracks on the album, and each one is completely different whereas having the subtle type that Grace executes so properly. Her voice is magical and elevates the magnificent lyrics much more. On her Bandcamp website, Grace explains how this album is definitely no shock; she’s been engaged on the songs for 2 years, although she thought now, with the pandemic, the songs would possibly by no means get launched,  “However then I used to be like, ‘What am I ready for?’ All I’ve to do is regulate my scope. I can sit right here on my fucking ass and do nothing, or I can work.”

Although the album has fairly an extended checklist of tracks, it’s quite quick with a playtime of solely 30 minutes, however in true punk style, a message could be despatched throughout in only a few quick minutes, particularly if it’s primarily acoustic. Songs like “Blood & Thunder” present the extraordinary songwriting expertise of Grace. That is particularly proven within the verse, “I’d quite have an awesome huge open up in entrance of me/ Than a giant nothing fills my coronary heart with its want/ While you give in and give up/ There’s an influence to be present in it.” These lyrics, mixed with Grace’s vocals and a lonely acoustic guitar, give the music an intimate environment.

Individuals would possibly assume whereas studying the title “Shelter in Place” that Grace wrote it in 2020 throughout the eternal quarantine, however in an interview with Rolling Stone, Grace clarifies she wrote the music throughout December 2018 and January 2019, when she had some medical problems and needed to quarantine. It’s nonetheless a really becoming title at this time, and the music can cheer up the viewers’s very personal quarantine. “SuperNatural Possession” provides a light-hearted and really catchy pop-like love music, however don’t get too used to this light-hearted enjoyable. “Hanging Tree” is a powerful anti-trump, anti-white supremacy music. Sarcastic lyrics with highly effective vocals make this music one other standout on Keep Alive. “Previous Pal (Keep Alive)” is a peaceful, delicate music and the proper album-ender. Listeners would possibly even shed a tear, fascinated with an outdated pal.

Two years within the making, and but a shock drop, however there’s no shock that the album is one other nice file by the one and solely Laura Jane Grace. When all the things feels onerous and exhausting, it feels good to get new music like Keep Alive as a result of it has therapeutic powers.

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