Bully – Losing (album review)

by Woody on October 25, 2017

Credit: Alysse Gafkjen

2015’s Feels Like catapulted Nasville’s Bully on to the scene and into the waiting arms of Sub Pop, a label born in Seattle the home of grunge. It is a marriage that seems all too perfect, and Bully delivered a wonderful sophomore effort to get the honeymoon off on the right food.

Fronted by human dynamo Alicia Bognanno, the Nashville-based band rip through a dozen tracks, rarely letting you up for breath. Bognanno’s vocals are often punctuated by visceral screams and I’d be lying if I said they were not one of my favorite aspects of the band. But her vocals have this way of twisting around the guitars or piercing through them when needed.

Bognanno’s lyrics feel as if they are born from a stream of consciousness. To what’s bothering her, how she’s feeling post-breakup or her general feeling of being in the world. She bounces back between despondent and defiance.

Some of my favorites on the album are Running, Seeing It and Either Way. They’re going to be in Chicago on November 7th. I plan on taking in the set at Thalia Hall. Hope to see you there.

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