Bruiser Queen make powerful statement with ‘Sweet Static’

Bruiser Queen‘Sweet Static’
Bruiser Queen (Boxing Clever)
4 stars out of 5

If there’s any justice in this world, “Sweet Static” will be the album that makes St. Louis garage duo Bruiser Queen — and more specifically powerhouse vocalist/guitarist Morgan Nusbaum — a player on the indie rock scene. Their sophomore album is nothing short of terrific, with a dozen razor-sharp tunes unfurling over the course of a very economical 32 minutes.

Bruiser Queen CDNusbaum is joined in Bruiser Queen by energetic drummer Jason Potter, a talented stick man in his own right, but make no mistake it’s Nusbaum’s show. She has the type of voice that can turn on a dime, ranging from sweet and soulful to fierce and forceful — often in the same song.

Lead track “Tiny Heart Attack,” with its nod to classic doo-wop, is the best of the 10-song bunch, but you won’t find a clunker anywhere on “Sweet Static.” Additional standouts include “On the Radio,” “Invisible Girl,” “Ain’t It Enough,” “Some Girl’s Ghost” and “Wear My Crown.” I can’t wait to hear what Bruiser Queen come up with next. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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