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We love Mo Kenney and are buzzing with excitement for her long awaited new album coming out this Fall. “If You’re Not Dead” is a track about trying to figure out what you want which yeah, sometimes causes a path of destruction in your wake. There’s a sting to this upbeat sounding song (“If you’re not dead then get out of my bed,” Kenney repeats in the chorus) but not as bad as that from the brilliant “I Faked It” from Kenney’s previous record In My Dreams. Here we know that things will make sense eventually, just give it some time. – LS [READ MORE]
Somewhere along the way, Kenney finds herself dazed and broken in a place that not many people find their way back from. “Unglued,” with its breezy sway, is likely the most summery song put to tape about being fed up with your own messy self. “I Can’t Wait” recalls the gauzy dreamscapes of Yo La Tengo with a hushed and grateful understanding that as bad as things are, it’s not the end of the world. But it’s not necessarily smooth sailing from there, as Kenney struggles to stay optimistic with “Lights Out,” and sings about getting clocked in the face at a bar by some meathead during “Punchy.” Still, she can’t help but find the hilarity in getting slugged, slyly laughing through her bloody teeth the whole time.
Finally, she arrives in less troubled seas, closing softly on the sparse, clear-minded “Feelin’ Good.” The storms weathered to get there may be the kind that leave lasting scars (or at least a few post-bar stitches), but with clear skies on the horizon, Kenney wears those scars as a reminder of what she’s been through, and the kind of seasons in hell she’s capable of enduring. Her latest is a record of all those storms and the routes and detours and trials of pushing through them while keeping her sense of humour gracefully intact. By turns rowdy, reflective, brave, funny, and deeply honest, it signals an already accomplished songwriter coming fully and completely into her own as an artist. The Details vividly documents Kenney’s fight to survive her own worst enemy—herself.