Mitski - 'The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We'

8/10

Ever since she first emerged with her self-released debut LP 'Lush' in 2012, Mitski has always been seen as one of the more progressive names in the folk-rock field. And while those initial years left her largely in obscurity, it was the signing to internationally renowned label Dead Oceans in 2015 that turbocharged her career and quickly established her as one of the shining lights on the new music scene. And with last year's 'Laurel Hell' proving another runaway hit with critics and fans, she is returning once again with her seventh studio album 'The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We', a record that continues that positive ascent for herself.

Much like what 'Laurel Hell' and 2018's 'Be The Cowboy' delivered, 'The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We' aims to highlight some of the more tender aspects of her songwriting to date. Creating a flurry of warm and embracing offerings that never seem to outstay their welcome, this new collection is a surprising fast-paced affair that moves from one humbled serenade to the next without much filler. Adding more of that riveting flair for atmospheric prose she has showcased before, she sweeps and swoons her way through this eleven-track outing with confidence and aplomb.

With the run of form she has shown already, it was never in any doubt that 'The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We' wouldn't live up to the hype. With such a fresh and passionate approach to everything she does, Mitski continues her legacy as a bold and dynamic songwriter, brimming with fascinating ideas throughout.

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