Review: Worth by TheSunManager

Worth by TheSunManagerWorth marks a point of transition for TheSunManager: April Hernandez’s project moves towards a band set-up, and the credits for the album gets a bunch of other names, too. You can hear it on the first offing: the sound is richer, more layered, somehow much warmer than on her EP, which was buoyed mostly by her guitar and her voice. But this isn’t to suggest that it’s all change on the record: after the shock of the first couple of tracks everything settles down, and by the second half of the album it actually feels familiar, peaking with “Other Side”, a quaint sing-along that punches above its weight and provides perhaps the most cathartic part of the record: the recurring chorus of “you’re enough for me” is a satisfying anchor to the record. And that is what TheSunManager does best: despite the short runtimes (Worth only has eight tracks; her EP ran for five) there is this quality I can’t quite pin down. It’s optimistic but not to the point of being cloying; it’s realistic but hopeful. Well, there, perhaps I did just pin it down. | 4/5

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