Even pretty people get the blues. Such is the message, evident in both the bummed-out lyrics and washed-out music, of this former model’s debut album. Villain—a half-Mexican, half-Norwegian beauty who has graced such magazines as Glamour and Vogue—plays guitar, bass, keyboards and drum machines, and she approaches them all in much the same way. The instruments coalesce into a disorienting fog of reverb and fuzz, and from this cloud, Villain sings of wanting to “escape the madness” and “dream again.” Most of these tunes play like Nirvana’s “Lithium” on lithium, though scraggily standout “Kingwoman” finds her more switched on than burned out, crowning herself “king of the night.”


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