Adrian – Be Your Own Saviour

Fantom, 2014

The Texas rocker gets much done in 30 minutes, as her fifth album shifts from hard rock thundering to acoustic balladry all within the realm of power pop, punk and ’90s alt-rock. The guitars are as muscular as her voice, and the instrumentation is as varied as her range, from charged and gritty to pop-rock friendly, as Adrian leaves us with a fun, lively album that spans the rock spectrum.

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Ani DiFranco – ¿Which Side Are You On?

anidifranco-whichsideareyouonRighteous Babe, 2012

Perhaps the most fiercely independent female voice ever, DiFranco’s 17th studio album continues on with her robust guitar playing, charming melodies and insightful wordplay that alternates between playful and political. With an all star cast of contributors, including Pete Seeger who lends a hand on the title track that he popularized 5 decades ago, DiFranco meshes equal parts folk, rock and funk elements in an elegant, mature and beautifully textured manner. Even though this is a very gentle, soothing listen, there exists a lot of subtle power in DiFranco’s songcraft.