Ruby’s Prime Slices (3/4-3/11): Tracy Thorn, The Breeders

Tracy Thorn– Record (Pop)

Tracy Thorn’s third solo album post Everything But The Girl revels in 80s pop and disco nostalgia in a natural and genuine way that seems left out of a lot of current 80s revival. On Record, the synths are warm, the drums are fat, and Tracy Thorn’s voice cuts through with clarity and power.

Favorite tracks: Queen, Sister, Go, Dancefloor

The Breeders – All Nerve (Indie Rock)

I was a bit skeptical when I heard news of a new Breeders album, their first in 10 years. Not only that, it is their first album in over 20 years with all the same members who recorded on their most beloved album, Last Splash. “Reunion” records are always faced with impossible expectations and almost always fail to deliver something that lives up to their previous and influential work.

Recorded by Steve Albini, All Nerve, sounds like The Breeders at their peak, only more measured and relaxed. While the album is less frenetic and raw than their 90s material, Kim Deal’s songwriting is as direct and catchy as ever. The edges have been smoothed out but in a way that is exceedingly pleasant. All Nerve should please both die hard fans and new listeners alike.

Favorite Tracks: Nervous Mary, Wait in the Car, Walking With a Killer, Metagoth