Following an ultimately break-up preceding debut, Vivian Girls have returned with a new line-up and a new album – and it’s a break-up record of a different sort. Whereas before, Vivian Girls brightly thrashed out the work of a band about to fall to bits, ‘Everything Goes Wrong’ sifts through the complex emotional debris of those pieces. It retains the Girls’ trademark reverb and sublime Shangri-La’s harmonies but the overall tone is a few shades darker, from half-hearted, crestfallen vocals on ‘Can’t Get Over You’, through to the lingering haze of dejectedness on rare, urgent tracks like ‘The Desert’. Far from going limp or anaemic, however, the album swells with cranked up bass and crunchy, expressive guitar – the effect is moody and magnetic. Everything may have gone wrong, but this record sounds very right.

By Polly Rappaport

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