“There’s real fear in real feeling.” So says Liz Stringer, whose sixth solo album documents getting sober at the age of 36. “I just want to get out before it starts to hurt me,” she sings in the title track.

And she continues to confront her demons in the epic The Metrologist. This album is aptly titled, because Stringer makes music that moves you. Emotional. Powerful. Direct. Her songs hit you right in the gut. Recorded in Toronto, this is an album about change. “The city I love, it ain’t my city no more,” Stringer laments in Victoria, before adding, “but I feel new blood running through my hands.”

If anyone was in any doubt, First Time Really Feeling shows that Liz Stringer is world class. As she notes, “Big city, I’m ready for ya.”

First Time Really Feeling by Liz Stringer is out April 30 via Milk!/Remote Control.

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