Review: I’m Not Your Man by Marika Hackman

I'm Not Your Man by Marika HackmanMarika Hackman’s first album, We Slept At Last, is confident yet claustrophobic, but it had one unfortunate downside: putting her under the “brooding folk” stereotype. I’m Not Your Man breaks that image and them some, immediately kicking the doors open with a raucous couple of tracks that prove Marika can have some fun, too. And it’s not a put-on either: Marika sounds as natural and comfortable as she was on her first album when she decides to get her grrl mode on. In places the record is boisterous, aggressive, and even coy of a different kind – ultimately it all does not feel out of place, although there are points when she settles for the tropes. Then again, the best part are her lyrics: the humor can be biting and the twists are surprising, and those drive I’m Not Your Man more than anything. In breaking out of that stereotype so effortlessly Marika proves herself to be a potent force for years to come. [NB] | 4/5

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