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First Listen: Chastity Brown, 'Silhouette Of Sirens'

Silhouette Of Sirens is a work of brooding soul by a voice we need right now.
Chastity Brown's new album, Silhouette Of Sirens, comes out May 19. Source: Wale Agboola

Pop music is an ideal vehicle for emotional catharsis — for the confessional plunge into anguish, the gathering of strength and the phoenix-like rise to empowered new heights. But while such songs can feel like potent, highly individualized expression, their impact can also be interpreted in vastly different ways. Robin James, author of Resilience & Melancholy: Pop Music, Feminism, Neoliberalism, would describe performances that make dramatic displays of overcoming psychological, spiritual or bodily wounds as reinforcing a social hierarchy that

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