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Cincinnati's Wussy play hard-boiled, shabbily tuneful indie rock about relationships and middle-age ennui that might be look-the-other-way uncomfortable, if it weren’t so suck-you-in good. Chuck Cleaver and Lisa Walker are a married couple who evoke marriage on the edge of collapse – "Your head is pounding much too hard to change your mind/And I've got time to kill without you in the way," Walker sings on "Fly Fly Fly." Their fourth album is their most compellingly dire-sounding, not as grabby as their 2005 debut, Funeral Dress, but rocking out in a frayed, mordant way that makes every stick-in-your-head chorus they share seem like a small triumph.

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