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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. Each of the the album's ten tracks is naked, open, and bleeding, yet rousing at the same time. The lyrics don't hide behind Stern's infectious, blast-and-burn 21st century rock; they are buoyed by them.
  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. She's at her most compelling when she loosens that clench, as on "Cinco de Mayo," another opus conceived out of funereal sadness.
  5. The swagger comes in the form of knowing your strengths and for Stern, she's put all of them on display with Marnie Stern.
  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
    Marnie 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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