Bonnie Whitmore & Her Band

Fuck With Sad Girls

Texas Platters

"Wash It Away," lead track from the provocatively titled Fuck With Sad Girls, Bonnie Whitmore's third effort, starts low. Just her on bass. What builds from there becomes a full-fledged anthem with gospel chorus and waves of orchestral strings that match the song's oceanic theme. Even so, the pop-inflected title track will likely get the most attention. (There's that four letter word after all.) Both serve as jumping-off points for Whitmore's desire to have a conversation on human relationships and the need for empathy in an age where it's sorely missing. She follows the pair with Pretenders-like rocker "Cinderella," dismissing life as a fairy tale as Jon Dee Graham on lap steel urges her emotions to even higher peaks. As a whole, Fuck With Sad Girls showcases Bonnie Whitmore at the top of her abilities as a songwriter, using a broad palette of styles to get her social commentary across, and doing it with a superior amount of finesse.

***.5

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