ALICE BAG: Blueprint: CD

Okay, this is pretty great. Blueprint kicks right off into a shout-along anthem of an opener, “Turn It Up.” The poppy keys are the perfect counter to Alice Bag’s snarling vocals. Things take a turn for the soulful and subdued in “Invisible” before raging back into the riot grrrl banger “77” (“I make 77 cents and it’s not right / It’s bad for women and worse if you’re not white”). Continuing along those lines, the rest of the album—Bag’s second solo effort—is a marvel of genre-blending, from ska punk horn leads to funky grooves and jangly guitar hooks. Who else could pull so many sounds together so seamlessly into one album? Blueprint is a more than worthy new chapter in Alice Bag’s ever-growing legacy in art and activism. –Indiana Laub (Don Giovanni, info@dongiovannirecords.com, dongiovannirecords.com)

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