Little Brave’s Wound & Will comes off as a debut (it is, sort of), but it also bears the refinement of an artist whose talents have matured (they have). Little Brave is Stephanie Briggs, a New Braunfels-ite with 11 years in the biz. Wound is her third solo release, but the first two bore her married name. Whatever her moniker, Wound is a polished piece of not-quite-indie that’s far thornier than adult alternative. The album plays it deceptively straight. Shrugged-off guitar licks spring the verses along, then wait for the band to join in for rockin’ bridges and choruses. In the eye of it is Little Brave, who’d rather sneer melodiously than all-out sing. Her voice channels the warbly vinegar of Ani DiFranco delivered with the smoothness of Matthew Sweet. The result is mature, layered, hard rock with confrontational lyricism. “`You` starved a home/and all the bodies in it,” she accuses on “You Didn’t Mean It,” a song about sticking to one’s word. This is a confident (and smug) work by an artist done proving herself. Savor it, and check her out at Sam’s Burger Joint on March 5 (read our interview with Little Brave here).
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