Patience is likely the entry point for many listeners to Mannequin Pussy, but is in fact the Philadelphia-based band’s third album. In listening to the relatively glossy sound of Patience, it’s important to note that this is a second phase for the band: they’ve moved to Epitaph, worked with renowned producer Will Yip and written songs that push past the 4-minute mark for the first time ever – but their early years as an act coming out of the hardcore scene, making lo-fi recordings of scrappy material is still an essential building block here.
Like: Tacocat, Sheer Mag, Control Top, Greys
FCC: 2, 6, 9
Play: 2, 5, 7
1.Patience (2:12) Decent fast opener, with lead vocalist showcasing sweet vocals for the group.
2.Drunk II (4:28) Doubles down on the infectious, emotive energy and chorus-driven strums.
3.Cream (1:55) A whirlwind of fury.
4.Fear/+/Desire (3:35) 90s alt-rock indebted.
5.Drunk I (0:53) Finds the singer absolutely howling over a bed of feather-light backing harmonies.
6.High Horse (2:58) Alters between ethereal sound and a furious guitar-fueled rage.
7.Who You Are (2:32) Charming, earnest vocals and pop instrumentals.
8.Clams (0:38) 38-second emotional whiplash.
9.F.U.C.A.W. (2:05) Pure loathing and hostility and hits harder than anything you'll hear outside the metal idiom.
10.In Love Again (4:18) Giddy but cautious song about the promise of a new beginning.