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Wild Flag: Wild Flag

Merge

Supergroup alert: The all-female, all-badass Wild Flag consists of former members of Sleater-Kinney, Helium and the Minders. Since its rather inconspicuous formation last year, Wild Flag has steadily garnered a fair share of hype from media and fans itching for a real-deal rock resurgence in the increasingly gutless indie landscape. Now that the album's finally here, can it fulfill its destiny? Wild Flag is equal parts unbridled energy and elegant restraint. S-K guitarist and "Portlandia" star Carrie Brownstein's unmistakable yelp is a natural complement to the band's high-voltage punk vamps, but it's Mary Timony's sweet hazy vocals that work best against the group's electric ecstasy: "Glass Tambourine" is a sharp, psych-affected gem that should be in the running for best song of the year. But a handful of the songs on Wild Flag could honestly claim that honor. Wild Flag ain't the savior, but this record is about as close as we're gonna get to a revival. (4 out of 5 stars)