11 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gabriella Cohen recorded her sophomore album inside a remote Victoria farmhouse, but its spirit is somewhere on Sunset Boulevard. Full of hazy textures and psychedelic twists, Unconditional Love feels like a joyride through rock's history books: There are electric flickers of The Doors (“Music Machine”), Blondie-esque ethereality (“Hi Fidelity”) and Loretta Lynn’s elastic howl (“Morning Light”, which left-turns beautifully into bossa nova). The Melbourne singer’s rich imagination keeps these songs from feeling derivative or predictable. On the heartbreak lullaby “Miserable Baby”, she switches between doo-wop exuberance and surf-rock gloom, adding a teasing layer of mystery to the lyrics underneath: “You called from L.A./I forgot how to say, ‘Oh please stay.’”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gabriella Cohen recorded her sophomore album inside a remote Victoria farmhouse, but its spirit is somewhere on Sunset Boulevard. Full of hazy textures and psychedelic twists, Unconditional Love feels like a joyride through rock's history books: There are electric flickers of The Doors (“Music Machine”), Blondie-esque ethereality (“Hi Fidelity”) and Loretta Lynn’s elastic howl (“Morning Light”, which left-turns beautifully into bossa nova). The Melbourne singer’s rich imagination keeps these songs from feeling derivative or predictable. On the heartbreak lullaby “Miserable Baby”, she switches between doo-wop exuberance and surf-rock gloom, adding a teasing layer of mystery to the lyrics underneath: “You called from L.A./I forgot how to say, ‘Oh please stay.’”

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