God Is My Friend
On his second album with The Rattlesnakes, Frank Carter again proves a master of fusing melody and intensity. Modern Ruin doesn’t quite have the feral energy of 2015’s Blossom, but doesn’t miss it either—its punch is packed in lyrics that weave undaunted self-examination around political awareness. There’s greater musical adventure here too, particularly during the more austere moments. “Bluebelle” is a raw, beautiful blues lament, and “Neon Rust” recalls Suede with its wearied vocal and sinuous guitar.