The Butchies

Population 1975

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Population 1975, the Butchies' second album, continues the string of musically and emotionally rewarding projects involving singer/guitarist/songwriter Kaia Wilson (who, of course, first made her name with queercore godmothers Team Dresch, as did drummer Melissa York). The album isn't so much a vast improvement on Are We Not Femme? -- a fine record as it was -- as a consolidation of its strengths. The songs are, as always, firmly rooted in Wilson's sexuality and politics, but the writing employs a richly diverse emotional spectrum, and the experiences are universally human, avoiding the potential pitfall of repetitive dogma. Really, everything Wilson has done is worth hearing.

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