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  • Summary: The more emotional third album for the New York-based singer/songwriter has a much simpler title than her 2008 release.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
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  1. Happily, this third album contains some of her best songs yet.
  2. It all adds up to Stern's most fully realised, most rounded album yet, and a huge step in her evolution as an artist.
  3. With this album, Marnie Stern has proved once again that there are several effective ways to emotionally recontextualize her craft. Or, to put it simply, she's managed to produce one of the most fun albums of the year.
  4. It's undeniable that for her self-titled third album, Marnie Stern has made some canny decisions. This time round, several of the tracks are built around huge, stomping riffs, with the speedier guitar lines mixed further back to create more space, without sacrificing that-which-is-Marnie.
  5. She writes amazing, heartfelt songs, interesting in tone and composition.
  6. One of Stern's greatest strengths is that she never relies on any tried and true shorthand when it comes to self-expression.
  7. 60
    Presumably bucketloads of fun live, the novelty wear thin on record. [Nov 2010, p.101]

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  1. Jun 11, 2011
    10
    Marnie Stern is amazing at everything she attempts. There can be none greater in this day and age. She receives a lot of criticism, whichMarnie Stern is amazing at everything she attempts. There can be none greater in this day and age. She receives a lot of criticism, which comes with the territory, but she can shred the guitar and sing like no one else I've heard in a long time. Expand

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