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Cherry Glazerr - Stuffed & Ready Music Album Reviews

Leading her thorny rock trio, Clementine Creevy keeps her themes broad and her anger specific as she reflects this moment’s feelings and fatigue.

Stuffed & Ready—the third album from Los Angeles trio Cherry Glazerr—is a document of exhausted fury. On these 10 songs, the founder, singer, and guitarist Clementine Creevy sounds like she heard about some unacceptable bullshit and came into the studio the next morning, red-eyed and short-tempered and uninterested in hiding it. In this economy, if you’re tough and vulnerable, Creevy tells us, you’re not going to get much sleep with so much fighting to do. In her breathless way, she’s running on fumes.

Stuffed & Ready doesn’t just betray a deep distrust of the world; Creevy sounds skeptical of herself,too. Fighting out from behind the droning introduction of “Stupid Fish,” for instance, Creevy uses her meanest voice to offer, “I’m a stupid fish, and so are you.” In an adrenalized release, she arrives in a rugged scream: “I see myself in you/Maybe that’s why I fucking hate you,” dissolving the enemy into herself. On “Wasted Nun,” she performs a similar double-twist. She coos that she’s going to “make myself tough” before softly pleading, “Let me in through the door/I can’t find it if you hide it under my skin.” Power dynamics shapeshift throughout Stuffed & Ready, as Creevy crystallizes the ambiguities in the way women talk about power—being left out of it, but containing so much.

Last year, Cherry Glazerr lost synth player Sasami Ashworth to her own solo projects, so they’re back down to three, with Tabor Allen returning on drums and Devin O’Brien on bass. This iteration of Cherry Glazerr is tempestuous, using the extra room to lash out and match Creevy’s moods. There’s an arm-flinging quality to the drums, while Creevy’s shrieks and brash guitar have a vital, live sensibility. Glum and abrasive, Creevy’s guitars have graduated from sludge-pop hooks. On Stuffed & Ready, she uses them to shape turbulent atmospheres, pushing recklessly against the melodies.

In the tradition of the inflamed patron saints before her like PJ Harvey, Creevy keeps her themes broad and her anger specific. Coming in hot with sarcasm, the album’s most provocative and sticky single is a showcase of this withering attitude. During the lightly BDSM tune, “Daddi,” Creevy asks with vacant-voiced irony, “Where should I go, daddi?/What should I say?/Where should I go?/Is it OK with you?” There is a slipperiness to her tone, as if we’re all just standing here holding our tits until the patriarchy gives us an order. For the song’s final move, Creevy whimpers, “Smoking makes me taste like metal/To keep you away.” She’s assertive, but at a cost. Stuffed & Ready often does this tango of self-doubt, laying bare insecurity only to doubt the admission.

Ever since 2014’s romp “Had Ten Dollaz,” Cherry Glazerr have loved to stretch out with a repeated line. On “Self-Explained,” Creevy again finds energy in this insistence: “I don’t want people to know how much time I spend alone,” repeatinng the last phrase. In the final section of “Daddi,” she lingers on “smoking makes me taste like metal,” turning what seems like a non sequitur into an absolute declaration. On an album of doubt, repetition reinforces Creevy’s hardest feelings.

Stuffed & Ready might seem pouty or self-indulgent, and Cherry Glazerr accept this. They add a cloud of boredom to these feelings, as if to recognize the low-key stakes of it all. In “Pieces,” Creevy whispers, “I hold my tongue so I don’t repeat myself/Instead I beat myself.” Our emotions might not always be interesting, she implies, but they’re ours. Cherry Glazerr want us to lash out and lose our temper, to show up exhausted and irritated and ready for the fight.

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