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The Comeback Kid

Marnie Stern

The Comeback Kid

Fifth album of math rock / post-punk and first in ten years from New York songwriter/guitarist

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  1. 9.0 |   All Music

    The always unstable elements that make up Stern's sound are still potent and volatile, but gone is any dread or confusion that may have pushed her music forward in the past, replaced by a sense of triumph and euphoric self-acceptance
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  2. 8.6 |   Northern Transmissions

    It’s punk, it’s post-punk, it’s about as much energy as you need or could stand, for the duration of the record
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  3. 8.1 |   Paste Magazine

    Stern's latest offering is as urgent and electrifying as anything she’s managed in the 16 years since her disarming debut
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  4. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Her new album whizzes by in a 28-minute blur of finger-tapped melodies, lopsided time signatures and arrangements that, on tracks like "earth Eater" and "Believing IS Seeing", whip from jazz to glitter to metal with neck-snapping precision. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    On her first album in a decade, the New York guitarist returns to her pyrotechnic displays of virtuosity. The pace is fast, the tone raw, the mood appropriately triumphant
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  6. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    On her first new release in a decade, the idiosyncratic guitarist plucks sweet melodies and complex harmonies from cacophony
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  7. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    A decade on from The Chronicles Of Marnia, one of her generation’s foremost shredders returns with a sense of urgent euphoria
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  8. 7.3 |   Spectrum Culture

    Stern makes her return to fierce, ripping guitar music with The Comeback Kid, and listening to it will give one the feeling that it’s as if she never left at all
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  9. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Ultimately, these are celebration songs, compelling the listener to look forward, put matters into their own hands and create something good while they can
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