Sarah Shook & the Disarmers’

When Sarah Shook & The Disarmers’ debut album, Sidelong, was released in 2017, it quickly earned kudos for its burst of fresh, fierce honesty, and sly wit. They are a welcome new voice in a genre too often mired in the staid and conventional. Sarah Shook & The Disarmers have moved from getting people’s attention to commanding it. The album offers sharpened songwriting, unique perspective, deepened sound, roll-up-your-sleeves attitude, and will grab you by the collar and put a defiant finger to your chest. It is resolute, blunt, and unflinching. Sarah sings with confidence, control, and at times with a hint of menace. The Disarmers match her on every track, coloring the tales of resilience and empathy.