Screaming Females, 'Castle Talk' (Don Giovanni)

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Castle Talk
Critical Mass
Label: Don Giovanni

by christopherschultz

The fourth album from this New Jersey DIY success story features fewer blown-out garage tantrums and more dynamic Sleater-Kinney–style rock'n'roll fun -- another step toward maturity and the trio's potential crowning as rock royalty. Frontwoman Marissa Paternoster's guitar heroics have grown the most, evolving from the brawny arena-rock shredding of 2009's Power Move into the more nuanced fretting of tourmate J Mascis or even Billy Corgan. The rhythm section no longer plays the shadows either, blurting out Black Flag–circa-'81 bluster as a deceptively simple assist for their leader's colorful wheedle and strident wail.

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