Donnelly’s masterful lyricism is ever-present in lead single Old Man and matched in the finger-plucked Boys Will Be Boys, the only track that has been carried over from her breakout 2017 EP Thrush Metal. The track remains as telling as ever – a snarling reminder of the patriarchy-crushing prowess that Donnelly possesses.
Haunting moments litter the record when it’s just a girl and her guitar – U Owe Me and album closer Face It in particular – but the backing band is a welcome additional layer to her world – Tricks and Seasons Greetings see them at their quirky, indie-folk best. Bold and beautiful, Donnelly sheds a light on the heavy topics many (most) fear talking about. If you find the content abrasive, good – that’s exactly what it is meant to be.
Beware Of The Dogs is out March 8 via Secretly Canadian.
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