Saturday ACL Fest Record Reviews

Muna

About U (RCA)

Saturday ACL Fest Record Reviews

"If I feel like crying, I won't hide it," promises Muna's Katie Gavin in her affected, throaty voice, then adds, "I am a loudspeaker." Meanwhile, a mess of subdued Eighties electro-pop beats and bass throbs beneath her voice on the anthem of radical self-love. In many ways, "Loudspeaker" is a perfect thesis statement for the Los Angeles trio's debut: unapologetically vulnerable yet sonically glamorous. Grooving, hook-laden "I Know a Place" and "Crying on the Bathroom Floor" both pulsate, while "Winterbreak" slows to a mournful but electrified crawl. About U's shuddering, dark pop captures both the glitz of L.A.'s pulsing nightlife and a tidal wave of emotion. (12:15pm, Honda stage; weekend one only)

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