Stuffed and Ready feels like a massive ’90s throwback with its angst and sludgy guitars. Just throw in a punch of Trompe le Monde era Pixies and purposeful, self-conscious lyrics. Their third studio album finds Cherry Glazerr trading their usual poppy, garage-rock sound for something a bit more “gloom and grunge.”
Vocalist and guitarist, Clementine Creevy stated in an interview with Pitch Perfect PR what she feels sets this record apart from their previous one. “With Apocalipstick, I was an over-confident teenager trying to solve the world’s problems. With Stuffed & Ready, I’m a much
Stuffed & Ready feels raw and more visceral in a way that previous Cherry Glazerr albums didn’t. Opening track “Ohio” is an explosive song with a killer chorus, but it’s also a song about how painful loneliness is. This feeling of isolation reappears as a common theme on the album. “I don’t want people to know / how much time I spend alone,” echoes Creevy on “Self Explained.”
Lead single, “Juicy Socks” breaks away from the introspective theme for a minute, with a rather overt political message. It’s a song that Creevy has stated is in fact about Donald Trump. “I don’t want nobody hurt / But I made an exception with him,” she sings, in reference to the President.
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The closing track, “Distressor” is probably one of the most immersive moments on the album. “I just wanna drown in my own noise” is a powerful line, but with the heavy guitar hook, it does almost feel like you are drowning in noise (in the best way possible.)
Stuffed & Ready is quite hard-hitting in the sense that it so nakedly speaks about Creevy’s internal struggles. There is a gloominess about the record that, at times, feels a bit draining, but the album by no means wallows in it. It feels like a mature progression for the band with enough pop sensibility to keep things interesting.