Album of the Week: Mannequin Pussy, Patience

If you’ve going to call your band Mannequin Pussy, you’d better be good. Damn good. Otherwise, you’re just a band with a name that conjures an oddly disturbing image. (Unless plastic is your thing. To each their own after all.) Fortunately, this Philly punk band kicks it right into the stratosphere on their third album, Patience, a frantic, melodic and energetic set of 10 tunes lasting barely 25 minutes.

Like the best (to me) punk rock, Mannequin Pussy teeters along the line between noise and melody, between pure aggression and restraint. Marisa Dabice’s voice helps a lot as she’s equally capable of screaming, seething, quiet emoting, or ethereal floating above the noise, often all within the same song.

The standouts are “Drunk II” with its majestic opening, “Who You Are” with its Strokes-like start and swooping bass line, and the title track, which is a perfect demonstration of that fine line between noise and melody with a frantic tempo and jagged guitar figure offsetting almost offhand vocals.

Even the screamers like “Cream” and “Clams”—the shortest songs on the album—maintain (barely) a strong sense of melody.

It’s early days, but this album is already sitting high on my list of potential top albums for 2019.

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