Review: Mug Museum by Cate Le Bon

Mug Museum by Cate Le BonCate Le Bon’s done well with channeling a tinge of sadness and despair to her AM-pop-ish folk – it’s perhaps her Welsh way of singing, the way her voice asserts that certain bit of grimness, or perhaps her admitted thing with dead pets when she was a child. You’ll feel at home with Mug Museum, the Welsh songstress’ third album, for that reason – and also for the more vintage sheen on things. It really sounds more AM-pop-y than before. Sunnier, even. The move to Los Angeles adds a bit of light to her sound, and surprisingly it doesn’t jar: she still sounds like she’s keeping all these things inside, but you can’t help but dance to her musings now. Or whatever’s closest to dancing. Mug Museum is enchanting, the power of opposites giving things a little more quirk, putting Cate Le Bon in this better perch than before. [NB] | 4/5

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