For those familiar with Hit Like a Girl’s confessional tone, anxious flutters of love and loss are neatly tucked into these arrangements. Self-doubt and self-actualization engage in a tug-of-war while surging with neon-bright focus on “Wanna Be Loved,” a raging synth-pop jam. The electric yearning featured in so much of the band’s songbook returns on “Laundry List” and “Inside of My Head,” two percolating tracks about departure and despondence in long-distance relationships. All the while, features from Bartees Strange on the sleep-deprived “Monsters” and Kiley Lotz (Petal) longing through “Don’t Go Far”, surround Maroulis with a sense of community Hit Like a Girl has always strived to maintain. What remains after the chaos now is calm.
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