White Lung's fourth studio album, 2016's Paradise, is a dynamic, purposeful work by a band coming into its own. A streamlined, passionate, ball-bustingly confident album, Paradise is the perfect showcase for vocalist Mish Barber-Way's throaty, raging punk intensity, drummer Anne-Marie Vassiliou's propulsive rhythms, and guitarist/bassist Kenneth William's kinetic heavy metal and emo-informed fretwork. Working with producer Lars Stalfors (Matt and Kim, Cold War Kids, the Mars Volta), White Lung have honed their approach, zeroing in on several well-curated influences from Hole to the Pixies, Nirvana, and other late-'80s/early-'90s bands. If Barber-Way's resonant wail hinted at Hole's Courtney Love in the past, here she veritably underlines the comparison while also managing to stake out her own distinctive frontwoman territory. Part of this comes from her unflinching, fearless attitude at the microphone and sanguine, exuberant vocals. There's an enigmatic, feminist energy in her performance that's often implied more in tone than in the lyrics. Nonetheless, there is definitely a grungy, swing-from-your-hips, '90s riot grrrl punk underpinning to tracks like "Dead Weight," "Narcoleptic, and "Below." On "Vegas," she sings "Her mouth bleeds/Are you sorry?/Was she worth it?/Was her skin made of gold?" It doesn't hurt that she's framed by William's dazzling, laser-gun rat-a-tat guitar lines. Cuts like "Sister," "I Beg You," and "Kiss Me When I Bleed" strike a fist-pumping balance between the fiery hardcore mathematics of Taking Back Sunday and the passionate, guttural indignation of L7. With Paradise, White Lung have ultimately crafted an album of hooky, infectious songs that still retain all the rage and D.I.Y. punk creativity of their previous work. ~ Matt Collar
Spin - "[A] viciously focused, 29-minute album...White Lung's fourth full-length is an evolution in every direction."
NME (Magazine) - "[F]or album four, White Lung have somewhat softened their ragged edges and in doing so have created one of the most compelling albums of the year."
Paste (magazine) - "PARADISE might just be the year's best pop album so far....Every one of the album's ten tracks is replete, brimming even, with the kind of one-two punch verse chorus set up that defined groups like The Ramones and pretty much every artist on Motown Records in the `60s and `70s."
Clash (magazine) - "PARADISE sees the band fully commit to the pursuit of melody over madness...the songs are great!"
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