Following on from a number of releases under the name Evangelista, song-writer and performer Carla Bozulich moves away from her band to return to her own name for the release of her latest solo-album ‘Boy’. On her new album Carla Bozulich offers another unflinching and often visceral musical performance that encompasses much of her incredible style, whilst at the same time departing a little bit from what Bozulich has previously presented on her Evangelista albums, and previous solo albums. ‘Boy’ comes across as a phenomenal album effort that is incredibly indulgent and remarkably, much more accessible than anything else Bozulich has released thus far in her career.
‘Boy’ seems to come across as both an album we would expect and at the same time, not expect from Bozulich. Many of her techniques and ideas from her career worm their way into the album, but it all seems to be wrapped up in different ideas and presented in a much different way. It all comes across as an incredibly interesting album that never seems to relinquish the grip off of the listener, as it progresses from track to track. Bozulich presents a (somewhat) new branch of styles and motifs in her own unique way, pushing all of her many strengths into the record and making it feel familiar and also new. There’s a lot to enjoy and indulge with on ‘Boy’, which presents haunting images with such confidence and ease that it’s almost completely natural.
Carla Bozulich might have out-done herself on ‘Boy’, which is perhaps one of the strongest releases in her career thus far. As an album each song pulls you into a world of ominous despair, it holds you in, never once letting go. Each song works well in a stand-alone context and as a part of the whole album experience. It should be said that the often visceral style of Bozulich’s might not be to people’s liking, and thus there is an inaccessible quality to the album (as with previous releases by Bozulich). It should also be mentioned though that even though ‘Boy’ is rather haunting and ominous at times, it is still perhaps Bozulich’s most accessible record.
There’s something enjoyable about the incredibly dark elements that Bozulich utilizes for her music. On ‘Boy’ Bozulich has certainly pulled out all the stops, pushing out every single one of her talents to make a record that really expresses everything she is capable of as a song-writer and performer. There’s a wonderful amount of experimentation on ‘Boy’ that shows Bozulich isn’t scared to attempt new things if it can work well for her. Carla Bozulich has certainly out-done herself on her new record, and has pushed out another unflinching record that is presented in a style that is both new, and expected of Bozulich.
- ★★★★☆ 4/5
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Carla Bozulich’s latest solo-album ‘Boy’ is out now and can be purchased at: http://cstrecords.org/cst102/