If you were a dedicated lifelong musician who ended up in the hospital after a stroke and were told you'd probably never play again, what would you do? If you were Scott McCaughey, you'd start writing a new album. 2019's Stroke Manor manages to be both playful and harrowing as McCaughey presents a batch of fine, idiosyncratic pop tunes penned while he was struggling to teach himself to communicate again.
The Italian goth metal band's 2016 effort was their most melodic and polished to date, which might have proved divisive for longtime fans. Yet the vocal harmony between Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro elevate songs such as "Blood, Tears, Dust" and "Delirium" to soaring heights with an undeniable power and catchiness. Their ninth set lands in October.