Album Review: Tune-Yards – ‘I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life’

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In Tune-Yardslatest album I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life, founder and front-woman Merrill Garbus once again tackles the current socio-political climate, reflecting on topics from race to cultural appropriation and the patriarchy. In comparison to the visceral, unsubtle critique of Whokill, Garbuslatest output is more abstruse and perhaps more meaningful, but where Whokills message was accompanied by a fierce energy and infectious melodies which carried the listener through the album, I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life is lacking in the dynamism and engaging quality that has been a staple of Tune-Yardsprevious work.

The album opens promisinglythe first verse and chorus of ‘Heart Attack’ has some of the energetic rhythm that made ‘Bizness’ such a breakout hitand there are bright sparks, notably ‘ABC 123’ and ‘Look at Your Hands’, but overall the record lacks the ear-worming hooks and choruses of the groups high-water-mark; as a result Garbusmessage is let down by the music.

[Tim Abrams]

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