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In the four years since Portland punks Sleater-Kinney split, singer/guitarist Corin Tucker has been raising two kids, reading vampire fiction and mastering the acoustic guitar. The fruits of all those pursuits can be heard on her first solo album, which includes songs about the challenges of mother- and wifehood, two tracks originally pitched for a Twilight soundtrack, and a lot of tempered strumming.
Seth Lorinczi of the Golden Bears and former Unwound drummer Sara Lund helped Tucker shape the disc, which boasts a rustic, folky vibe that sometimes meanders into gentle psychedelia. She breaks into her trademark gulps and shouts on "Half a World Away," "Doubt" and "Pulling Pieces," the uptempo tracks that most closely resemble the raw squall of the trio she played with for 12 years. But the disc's centerpiece is "It's Always Summer," a song about longing that trembles with a bittersweet restraint.
The two tracks Tucker envisioned for Twilight heroine Bella bookend the album: "1,000 Years" opens it with fuzzy guitars and a heartsick resilience ("I'm alive after 1,000 years," she sings with both wonder and defiance), while the piano ballad "Miles Away" caps the disc with a moody but soothing glance into an uncertain… read more »