White Widow

White Widow

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White Widow

A Psychological Thriller

Billed as "an original motion picture soundtrack," White Widow's fourth album, A Psychological Thriller, connects the dots of its 10 songs with a vague narrative about overcoming emotional trauma. Like most concept LPs, however, no understanding of the storyline is required. Each song stands on its own, and whether that stance is firm or wobbly depends on the track. The local songwriter/multi-instrumentalist – Carla Patullo to her mom – sounds solid and focused on the steady rocker "Trophy Girl," stirring ballad "Something About Paradise," and moody anthem "Wandering Eye." But "Serial Love Affair" veers unsteadily between rousing folk rock and gothic bombast, "Miss You Bad" gets lost in a poetic but meaningless chorus, and "Promises" threatens to spill over into Florence + the Machine-style melodrama. It doesn't help that the incipient pout in Patullo's voice begins to grate as the album spins. Her talent is undeniable, but it sounds like she's still learning to temper her more dubious instincts.

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