The sound of an artist genuinely releasing themselves isn’t lower than riveting. Through the pandemic, Maggie Rogers moved in along with her mother and father in Maine after the burnout from touring her debut album, 2019’s folk-R&B confection Heard It in a Past Life, and changing into a Grammy-nominated breakthrough artistShe enrolled inat Harvard, reconnected with herself and NYC, after which – that best signifier of rebirth – she minimize off all her hair. Second album Surrender is simply that: a freshly cropped Rogers channeanthemthemic 90s rock-chick and giving in to depth, recorded between her residence metropolis, New York, and within the UK with Child Harpoon (Harry Types, Florence W Songs.
Songs resembling That’s Where I Am are clear and punchy like Sheryl and Shania, although Rogers dips this in alt-rock on the wonderful Honey and the Placebo-like promise of Want Want. All through, she offers an distinctive vocal efficiency, pressing and belting, particularly on Shatter, a turbo-charged, Haim-style ripper. Sometimes this will depart you eager for one thing much less overblown, however that is Rogers 2.0: steadilysweatily in NYC karaoke bars and singing traces resembling “sucking nicotine down my throat/ considering of you giving head” (on new observe Horses) and rocking out. Letting rip fits her.