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The fact that the fourth album from Australian artist Jen Cloher is self-titled speaks volumes. A letter in triplicate addressed to the themes of love, music and Australia, Jen Cloher is the culmination of a period of artistic and personal growth in which the artist took her rightful place as a punk-rock figurehead of Melbourne's famous DIY music scene. Recorded amidst the rolling greenery of South-Eastern Australia and mixed at Jeff Tweedy's famous Loft Studios in Chicago, the songs are split by Courtney Barnett's extraordinary lead guitar and anchored by the rhythm section of Bones Sloane and Jen Sholakis. The end result is bold, assured, and piercingly observed, seeing Cloher face up to painful truths with unwavering honesty and emerge triumphant. On tracks like "Analysis Paralysis" and "Shoegazers" Cloher dissects the complacency of privilege, while on the stirring anthem-to- be "Strong Woman" she looks to her Maori heritage of women warriors, proud that her Mother "wanted respect more than love." This is Cloher at her most incisive and witty, cutting and expressive, and represents possibly her most stunning body of work to date.