Review: Anxiety by Ladyhawke

Anxiety by LadyhawkeIt only took Pip Brown four years to give us the follow-up to her self-titled debut album, but it was worth the wait. Anxiety is exactly what you’d expect Ladyhawke’s sophomore release to sound like: a never-ending groove only surrounded by much more dirt. Ladyhawke ditches some of the synths for a guitar, resulting in ten tracks that are darker without losing their pop sensibilities. You could call it a rock album, even, although I’m getting a more Justice-lite vibe. The album isn’t perfect – it’s way too short at 36 minutes, and some tracks just plod along – but when she gets her groove, like in the singles “Black, White & Blue” and “Sunday Drive”, she really gets good. The four-year gap, she explains, is because of the drain she felt after promoting her first album. She might need a bit more rest, but she’s still two for two at the moment. | 4/5


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