It's Not Fair
For their sixth album, Screaming Females work with producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Pearl Jam) in place of Steve Albini, who’d produced their previous two albums. The change means a fuller sound without a slick neutering of the band. “Broken Neck,” “Hopeless,” and the title track benefit from a powerful guitar tone and having Marissa Paternoster’s vocals securely in the mix. The harmonies, in particular, take on dramatic color. The New Jersey–based power trio succeed by never overdoing their parts, leaving just enough room for the sound to resonate beyond its initial station. Rose Mountain refines the trio’s attack to keep things interesting.