After a decade of absence, Skunk Anansie is back with their long-awaited, fourth studio album, Wonderlustre.
Although Skunkâ€™s popularity developed mainly in the UK, the band has maintained a loyal fan base over the years through their non-merciful mixture of hard rock and pop ballads, portrayed within political, societal and heartbreak-driven jams like â€œSelling Jesus,â€ â€œCharity,â€ â€œWeak,â€ and the mesmerizing â€œSecretly.â€
All original members are back on this album, packing a full punch of tight ballads and personal rock anthems which, although more mature and refined, certainly grow on you.The strongest track on the album is the opener, â€œGod Loves Only You,â€ proving that the band doesnâ€™t need to waste any time showing listeners what this album is about. â€œMy Ugly Boyâ€ portrays just how powerful Skin is as a front woman. â€œIt Doesnâ€™t Matterâ€ is a funk, guitar-driven track thatâ€™s refreshingly dance-worthy, although surprisingly much different than most other songs on the album.
My only minor disappointment with this album is that I would have preferred to hear more of Aceâ€™s gut-wrenching riffs.Â Although, to be fair, Skinâ€™s vocals are still as commanding and emotional as ever.
Overall, Wonderlustre seems to lack a certain luster, perhaps because this is a more personal record, and the lyrical content is missing that ferocious yet masochistic quality weâ€™ve come to love about their previous records.Â Still, this album remains confidently stimulating and defeats a majority of first, second and third time releases of any band in the past few years.