The Art of Getting Through

The Art of Getting Through

Imogen Clark’s third album sees her break out in a big way. After two well-received LPs and a stacked CV of high-profile collabs, the Sydney singer-songwriter delivers a potent calling card for her crackling blend of modern country and heartland rock. Her one-liners are especially grabby when she’s feeling cornered, both emotionally and geographically. “Now I’m stuck in the suburbs/I guess we should have used rubbers,” Clark quips on “Squinters,” while she paints a withering portrait of Sydney’s western suburban sprawl on opener “If I Want In”: “Everyone I know is either married or in rehab/I couldn’t say which one is worse.” Also packed with zingers is “All Hard Feelings,” a country-leaning scorcher about openly nursing romantic grudges. Co-written in Nashville with Sinead Burgess and Blake O’Connor, it features bassist Davey Faragher and drummer Pete Thomas from Elvis Costello’s longtime backing band The Imposters. Other songs hew more closely to punchy pop-rock, including the Pat Benatar-style flashback “Natural Predator.” Whether she’s calling out unrealistic expectations around female body image on “Silhouette” or describing the ambush effect of life’s toughest moments on the title track, these anthems reframe everyday frustrations with Clark’s resolute vocal turns and razor-sharp observations.

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