Stuffed & Ready is the third album released by LA band Cherry Glazerr. It’s surprising this is their third album and it’s taken me this long to notice them, but regardless, my timing feels perfect. With an album name like Stuffed & Ready, it’s hard to ignore the boldness of the band. Lead vocalist Clementine Creevy has a dream-like quality to her voice creating this fuzzy, pop-rock atmosphere that produces both a daring and intimate atmosphere throughout the record. I can feel the uncertainty in her voice, and goddamn in a time like this, it’s beyond comforting.
“Ohio” is rightfully the opening track with its sweet-sounding vocals and faintly fuzzy chords—the perfect pair. The dynamics in this song are spot on, it’s a song I could put on repeat for hours on end and never get bored. I’m in love with the track name “Daddi” and although it starts off a bit too slow, the chorus helps build the song into more than just an electro-kitschy token track. “Wasted Nun” is a standout track and gives me the Bikini Kill vibes I’ve been dreaming of for modern music.
If there’s one song on Stuffed & Ready I could do without it’s “That’s Not My Real Life”. It’s not that it’s necessarily a bad song, it just doesn’t offer much to the album as a whole and falls flat. “Self Explained” however is everything I wanted the previous track to be; it has a reminiscent sound, but the lyrics and music are stronger.
“I separated from society today/I don’t get close to anybody but my feelings”
Plus, the ending has a really cool breakdown that showcases the band's full abilities. For me it’s not that indie/rock bands haven’t always been around, it’s more so that most of them all sound the same. I’m sure I’ll get shit for saying that, but I truly think it’s rare for a band in this genre to stand out and Cherry Glazerr have managed to find the right combination of vocals and music to do so. “Isolation” explores the dreamy, hazy pop vocals that melt so well with the guitars and drums—it’s a mellower track, but at the same time packs a nice punch.
My favorite track on the record is “Juicy Socks”, it’s the first single I heard and I’ve been listening to it non-stop ever since. The lyrics are super simplistic, but Creevy’s voice really makes the song what it is. I’m such a sucker for a catchy song and “Juicy Socks” builds and falls at the the most pivotal moments. The electro-pop vocals on “Pieces” aren’t my favorite, but I can appreciate the experimentation on this track. “Stupid Fish” has a slow-building grungy 90s feel, with vocals reminiscent of Courtney Love and Kathleen Hanna. However, the last minute of the song is the most exciting and I wish the band pushed more for that sound sooner in the track. But I wasn’t too upset by this, because closing track “Distressor” is the moody direction I wanted the band to go throughout the album. I love the rawness of this album and its journey, another band could record these songs and they'd be meaningless without the intention behind them. And is what gives me hope for Cherry Glazerr's future.
8.0 / 10
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