POPMATTERS: JANIVA MAGNESS:STRONGER FOR IT

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Blueswoman comes into her own.
Janiva Magness’s previous Alligator release, 2010’s Devil Is An Angel Too, suffered from what I call lack-of-pain syndrome: the musicianship was tight, the vocals were competent, but there was an overall lack of heart. Stronger For It is Magness’s third release on Alligator, and by far her best; her liner notes hint at various personal hardships, and while I certainly don’t wish her ill, the fact is that this set of tunes is a good deal more angsty and sorrowful—and powerful—than the last.Read More

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